This month a cutting edge piece of prominent architecture has opened in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. A giant horseshoe arch which houses a food court market the size of a soccer field below, is made up of apartment dwellings with open air balconies above. The food market will be open seven days a week and there is a large amount of underground parking below.
For those who buy or rent the new apartments contained in the structure, they will have the ultimate opportunity to eat, shop, or work local with fantastic views of the city.
There will be 100 fresh produce units, 15 food shops, 8 restaurants, 228 apartments and 1,200 parking places included in this market hall concept.
The market is to sell “fresh and affordable fair products” arranged with bread and dairy in the hall’s center, fish and meat on one diagonal, and potatoes, vegetables, fruit and delicacies on the other diagonal. Four separate fresh produce units will be spread out across the floor for seasonal products or specials.
The arch is ten stories tall.
This fearless architecture food center is sure to become a huge tourist attraction in Rotterdam.
To learn more: http://markthalrotterdam.nl/en/
“We grow and sell in the same space…. This is about quality over quantity…the Willy Wonka of agriculture, that’s what I want.”
—Benjamin Greene, an urban agriculture innovator and visionary.
This is a Seattle urban agriculture project in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, a project which began in 2009. The idea is to grow food to be available for the community over a seven acre space of public land – to be an edible arboretum offering a wide variety of food. Bee hives are included, too.
Any readers been there?
Since 2009, The Prinzessinnengarten in Germany has operated as a mobile urban farm.
If you’d like to see local food growing become a culture, not just a food source, this looks like a fine model. People can enjoy this Berlin urban oasis by sitting and socializing while having coffee or food. Or, they may “cut their own” garden item to take home with them.
Singapore is concerned about making local food production financially viable, or competitive. It has invested 20 million dollars for innovation in domestic food production methods, which has resulted in ventures like Sky Greens.