By Haris

LifeBuzz Staff

You’d Never Guess What This Building Is At First Glance. When I Found Out I Was Even More Surprised.

Food shopping just got a little more exciting! After five years of construction, the Markthal Rotterdam finally held its opening ceremony last week. The massive horse shoe-shaped structure designed by architectures at MVRDV and developed by Provast combines both housing and market space. One side is a housing building with 228 apartments and the other is an indoor market hall with 100 fresh produce units, 15 food shops, 8 restaurants, and a cooking school. And if that’s not enough, it’s situated right next to the largest outdoor market of the Netherlands at the Binnenrotte.

The Markthal is expected to attract 4.5 to 7 million visitors a year.

It’s the first ever indoor market hall in the Netherlands.

A colorful mural by artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam covers the Markthal’s interior walls and ceiling.

Subterranean floor levels contain a supermarket and a 1,200 space parking garage.

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