The Market Hall or Markthal completed in October 2014 and combining both residential apartments and offices with an underground 4-storey car parking that is in a horseshoe-shaped outer walls and roof, the building is also home a large market hall with a glass facade at each end.
The Market Hall was designed by architectural firm MVRDV. The grey nature stone building has an archaise structure like a horseshoe.
The inside of the building is adorned with artwork by Arno Coenen covers 11,000 square metres and shows strongly enlarged fruits, vegetables, seeds, fish, flowers and insects. The artwork by Arno Coenen covers 11,000 square metres The work was made using digital 3D-techniques. This enormous file of 1,47 terabytes needed special servers, these are also used by Pixar Studios for making animated movies.
Right after the opening in 2014, the artwork got a lot of attention from around the world and some called it The largest artwork in the world whilst others prefer to refer to it as The Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam.
The Market Hall was one of the first buildings in the world that could be seen by augmented reality. By using the application UAR that users could see 3D-models of the building, and how it was going to look like.