One of the major attractions of Rotterdam is the market hall (Markthal). It is an indoor market that also includes more than 200 apartments, retail spaces and a parking garage.

What immediately catches the eye are the works of art on the ceiling. It is a work of 11000 m2, two football fields large by the hands of Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam, with the Horn of Plenty theme.

This title refers to the Cornucopia, a horn from Greek mythology that symbolizes abundance and saturation. The artwork shows magnified fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, flowers and insects. The St. Laurenskerk can also be seen in the background. Digital 3D techniques have been used to produce the animation.

Dennis Callan was very impressed and tells you more about it in the video below.

Dennis Callan:

In Rotterdam in the Netherlands there is one especially strange building looking like something out of a futuristic science fiction movie but it’s a food market also with many restaurants and bars set in a building like you have never seen before. It’s one of the world’s most unusual food markets. At the same time it’s a condominium with 228 apartments.

Kaleidoscopic journey

From the outside the building only looks a little bit unusual with that curved roof and as you walk along the side of it you might notice the apartments with their balconies up above. When you step into the building it really takes off, bringing you on a kaleidoscopic journey that’s almost like entering a fantasy land and there’s lots of great food from all parts of the world.

Flowers and butterflies

The innovative shape of the roof is further complemented by the amazing mural depicting a cornucopia of the foods that are on offer in the market along with flowers and butterflies. This unique artwork covers 11,000 m² making it reputedly the largest picture in the world it was created by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. Open all day every day until 8 PM and at night it looks even more spectacular.

Enclosed food court

We will be showing you a lot of that evening scene later in the program. The Markthal in Rotterdam is one of the most outstanding modern buildings you’ll ever see. It’s an incredible enclosed food court in a big U-shape, with apartments all up above and around, and a tremendous huge food market down here in the middle.

A hundred different food booths

They’ve got restaurants, they’ve got take-away foods, they’ve got snack bars, there is a supermarket downstairs, a wine bar, a lot of beer, a lot of people, fresh produce, cheese, everything you can imagine, a hundred different food booths, 20 different restaurants. It’s just a great spot in the heart of Rotterdam. It’s got cheese, noodles, pasta, pizza, sushi, frozen yogurt, fish and chips, churros, fresh fruits, French baked goods, Italian, Spanish, Asian, Dutch, Indian, Vietnamese, Turkish, Lebanese, Syrian, Chinese, Greek.

Salads, coffee, calamari, tapas

There’s salads, coffee, cappuccino, donuts and cupcakes, chocolates, licorice, seafood, sausages, spice, frittes, calamari, Portuguese custard tarts, nuts, herbs, dried fruits, waffles, wine shops, bakeries, tapas, hams, olives, tapenade, juices, mushrooms, Croquettes. There is a kitchen utility shop. It is one of the few retail stores here in a place you could easily spend a lot of euro.

Asian grocery store

An Asian grocery store, bubble tea, sandwiches, burgers, crepes, and more. The attraction of coming to the Markthal is only secondarily about the food, the wonderful food that’s here, with the tremendous international variety that we will show you in a moment – but of course you can find lots of restaurants and food shops anywhere in town.

Total experience

The impact of the Markthal is more about the total experience, the setting, the building, the mural, the people, the wonderful combination of fast food, gourmet food and markets all around you framed in some kind of miraculous building. It’s an amazing unique combination. The artist Coenen explained, “You could just look at the wonderful, almost psychedelic picture for it’s beauty, which points out the miracle that food is there for you,” ‘It is a work with a spiritual, religious feel to it.

It’s about nature

However, its larger-than-life size is not a tale of religion; it’s about nature. The attraction of coming to the market hall is only secondarily about the food, the wonderful food that’s here with the tremendous international variety that we will show you in a moment – but of course you can find lots of restaurants and food shops anywhere in town. The impact of the marked hall is more about the total experience, the setting, the building, the mural, the people, the wonderful combination of fast food gourmet food and markets all around you. It’s an amazing unique combination.

Even more spectacular at night

Open all day every day until 8 PM and at night it looks even more spectacular will be showing you a lot of that evening seen later in the program. The Market Hall in Rotterdam is one of the most outstanding modern buildings you’ll ever see. It’s an incredible enclosed food court in a big U-shape, with apartments all up above and around and a tremendous huge food market down here in the middle. They’ve got restaurants, they’ve got take-away foods, they’ve got snack bars, there is a supermarket downstairs, a wine bar, a lot of beer, a lot of people, fresh produce, cheese everything you can imagine, a hundred different food booths, 20 different restaurants. It’s just a great spot in the heart of Rotterdam.

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