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comment by veen
veen  ·  1565 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dutch Designers Just Made Your Market Look Sorry

I think it is a great addition to the area. Under the indoor market there's a supermarket and a parking garage so you can really get all your groceries in one place. The concept of food markets like these is already highly successful in Asian and Middle-East countries, and I'd love to see this done in other cities.

I only have two minor issues with it. One, there's already a huge market right next door multiple days of the week, and none of the stand holders got into the Markthal because it's much more expensive. Two, while the shape of the building is very nice, the grey stone is so dull and no attempt was made to give the building some well-needed details on the outside. But that's just a personal thing.

rjw  ·  1565 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Covered markets are pretty common in the UK - but they're not closed at the ends like in this case. The exclusion of stands from the Markthal is a problem, I suppose it depends on whether it ends up resembling a shopping mall or not.

As for the exterior, I agree it could have been more interesting, but at least you can see the interior from the outside. I like it but the proof is in the pudding (where pudding means visiting in person and not just on a sunny day or when it's lit up all nice). We have in fact already discussed the Rotterdam's controversial nature. I doubt that this building will change anybody's opinions of the city's architecture (be they positive or negative).