In an official ceremony on Wednesday afternoon 1 October, Her Majesty Queen Máxima will open Markthal Rotterdam, a project realized by developer Provast.
The covered market, designed by architects MVRDV, is located in the city center of Rotterdam and comprises 96 fresh produce units and 20 hospitality and retail units. The roof of Markthal is shaped by an arch of 228 apartments. A four-story underground car park offers 1.200 parking lots. This combination of market and housing is the first of its kind, making it a world premiere. The inside of the archway bears the biggest artwork in the Netherlands: The Horn of Plenty, designed by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam.
Markthal draws inspiration from food markets in Barcelona, Valencia and Stockholm. Market vendors will offer a diverse range of regional and international products such as fresh fish, poultry, cheeses, coffee, vegetables and fruit, besides a crockery and a wine shop. Next to the sales units, ‘The World of Taste’, a center for education, information and innovation in the field of healthy eating and ‘The Time Stairs’ aim to engage the visitors in the history of food and its development. The Time Stairs is a permanent exhibition along the central staircase of Markthal which will showcase the archeological finds discovered during the site excavation.
Markthal will be open seven days a week, Mondays to Saturdays from 10 am till 8 pm (late opening till 9 pm), and Sundays from 12 pm till 6 pm, with extended opening times for the restaurants. The underground parking is open 24 hours a day.