Gallery: INTERVIEW: MVRDV’s Anton Wubben on the Design of the Massive T...

 

INHABITAT: What inspired the Market Hall design? What gave you idea to flank housing on the outside of the structure?

Anton: The building is located at one of the biggest open squares of the Netherlands, which is surrounded by big massive buildings like the library and the Sint-Laurens church. We wanted to add another impressive volume to this palette.

The original masterplan showed two rows of apartments, with the space in between covered by a low roof. We imagined taking away this roof and “bending” the apartments over the market space would make more sense. It would create a fantastic space underneath the apartments and the two functions would be combined and work in synergy. The apartments have windows looking down to the market, making them special compared to standard apartments.

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