We got it pretty good over here in America re: eating things. American food culture—especially cheese— is one of the best and most diverse in the world. Farmer’s markets are all over the place. We make croissants, donuts, and cronuts. We can have our slow-grown, organic produce and specialty food products on the one hand, our extremely unnatural yet completely delicious processed foods on the other, and we eat both, too.
But the Dutch, in addition to being an all-around great and friendly people and magnificent constructors of dams, have stepped up their foodie game with what I am compelled to dub the Sistine Chapel of food markets: the Markthal Rotterdam, designed by Dutch design firm MVRDV.
Constrained by new governmental regulations which ban traditional open-air meat and fish markets (because hygiene), MVRDV came up with the ingenious idea of building an elongated half-dome covered with enormous glass panels at either end.
The end result: lots of light, big ups on food safety, and a gorgeous, enormous mural by artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam named, very appropriately, “Cornucopia.”
Did I mention that there’s also 228 apartment units?
And of course there’s cheese.
Deciding to live there would probably be the easiest decision of my life. But then again, I do love these United States. So how about it, architects? Can I get a Market Hall Boston anytime soon?
Check out The Atlantic’s City Lab for more details.Photo Credits: MVRDV