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The Market Hall is a sustainable combination of food, leisure, living and parking. Fully integrated to enhance and use the synergetic possibilities of the different functions.

The hall is mainly shaped by an arch of apartments. A covered square with a pleasant public security and controllability emerges of it. During day it serves as central market hall, after closing hours the hall will be an engaged living area with light and liveliness enriched by the restaurants situated on the first floor.

New laws in the Netherlands require covered areas for traditional open air meat and fish markets due to new hygienic constraints. Can we use this operation to evolve the market hall typology? Can we use it to densify the usage and the city?

The Market Hall is part of the new inner city heart for the Laurens Quarter, the pre-war centre of Rotterdam. A sustainable and intelligent combination of food, leisure, living and parking. Fully integrated to enhance and use the synergetic possibilities of the different functions. A large scale building fitting into the neighbourhood, with main entrances linking up with the natural flow of the public circulation to the train station and the main shopping streets; with separate entrances for the parking garage and the apartments.

A building with inner logistic and an attractive and economical parking garage. The hall is mainly shaped by an arch made of apartments. A covered square with a pleasant public security and controllability emerges of it. During day it serves as central market hall, after closing hours the hall will be an engaged living area with light and liveliness enriched by the restaurants situated on the first floor.

The apartments follow the strict Netherlands laws regarding natural day-light: all rooms that require natural light are situated on the outside. Kitchens, dining rooms and storage are positioned at the market side, establishing a connection to the market.

The interior of the arch will be covered in lcd technology providing the city with an ever changing interior. The front and backside are covered with a flexible suspended glass façade, allowing for maximum transparency and a minimum of structure. A new icon for Rotterdam, a public building emerging from housing.