In October of 2014 Rotterdam cityscape
was updated yet again by a 40-meter horseshoe shaped covered market called Markthal
in Dutch (direct translation “market hall”). As it is often happens with modern
and provocative architecture, it divided people into those who absolutely irrevocably
adores it and those who finds it too big, too clumsy and overwhelming, and too
expansive with no real value for Rotterdammers.
Interested in what I have to say
about it?! I think that humankind (in this case the Dutch) proved one more time
that there is no limit to creativity and invention of using existing building
materials, battling nature, and reusing of centrally located urban spaces. It
is an intriguing piece of architecture which I am sure I will be photographing
for quite some time. I am still trying to figure out what angle is doing
justice to this creation and what lens suits the purpose the best way. Day or
night, empty or crowded – it has it all for a photographer.
In regards to the content of the
market itself – I am still not sure if this is my place to go to every week. I
will definitely find there some rare food items but price/quality combination
is something I still have to explore.
But I will tell you this – we as
a family love to come here from time to time and walk around and pretend we are
tourists in our city! It is a bit difficult with small children to have dinner
at one of the small restaurants there but I think it is quite nice to get out
there for lunch with friends or colleagues rain or shine!
The opening day
Queen Maxima at the opening ceremony
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Labels: arch, architecture, biggest art work, ceiling, celebration, glass wall, horseshoe shape, indoor market, Markthal, modern, Netherlands, new, night photography, October 1 2014, opening, queen Maxima, Rotterdam