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36 imagesMarkthall Rotterdam, the covered food market and housing development shaped like a giant arch by Dutch architects MVRDV. The Netherlands' first covered market is located in Rotterdam's city center and has space for 96 fresh produce stalls and 20 hospitality and retail units on the lower two floors.MVRDV's design for the building comprises a 40-metre arched roof that contains 228 apartments, covering the public space. Colorful one-hectare mural by artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam covers the inside of the arch, printed onto perforated aluminum panels then attached to acoustic panels for noise control. Glazed walls at each end protect the market from the cold and wet weather, constructed using pre-stressed steel cables that create a suspended net in-between which the glass panes are hung.