About this project
Increasingly stringent European regulations governing the sale of meat, fish and cheese in the open air prompted the realization of an indoor market square in Rotterdam. The project was then approached in a unique way, resulting in an imposing building in the shape of a horseshoe that combines the market, living, shopping and parking.
It is not only the shape of the building that impresses, the inner façade is also overwhelming. Visual artist Arno Coenen designed a work of art of 11,000 m2 (think two soccer fields) with enlarged fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, flowers and insects. A contemporary Horn of Plenty, which many people associate with the Sistine Chapel. However, where Michelangelo created everything by hand, in this case the latest digital 3D techniques were used.
Best shopping center in the world
Since its completion in October 2014, the Market Hall has made it into the international press many times, with praise. The many awards the building has won also do not lie. In 2017, the Market Hall was even named the best shopping center in the world by winning the Viva Best of the Best Award. This award was presented by International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). A year earlier, the Market Hall won the European version of this award.
Developer Provast was responsible for this special project that was completed in 2014. The total floor area covers 37,000 m2 and the spaces are leased to individuals, various catering establishments and Albert Heijn. Investors in this project are Klépierre and Vesteda.
The ground of the Market Hall caused surprises during construction. Various medieval objects were found during the large-scale excavations. The archaeological finds, including vases, tools and cannonballs, are on display in the parking garage of the Market Hall. Much deeper in the ground, heat and cold is now stored.
All electric WKO (ATES)
The ATES in the Market Hall consists of an all-electric system for heating and cooling. There is a connection to the district heating system as a backup and for post-heating of tap water. Vaanster operates the renewable energy plant at its own expense and risk. The exploitation period is thirty years.
Link with adjacent office building
The ATES system of the Market Hall is linked to the adjacent Blaak 31 office building. This has two important advantages: the installations function as back-up for each other and the sources can be optimally used. The buildings have a different balance in heating and cooling demand, which makes it easier to keep the sources in balance.
Regeneration solved via Blaak 31
Part of ATES is a regeneration installation. Normally this is placed on the roof of the building, where excess cold or heat can be easily supplied or removed. The unique design of the market hall does not allow for a rooftop installation. The link with Blaak 31 solves this problem, regeneration runs through this building which is located directly next to the Market Hall.
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