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Rotterdam’s very own, MVRDV has completed the Netherlands’ first covered market: the Markhal Rotterdam. Unlike any other market in the world, the Markhal presents a new urban hybrid that unites a market hall with housing.
Within the hollow core of the 228-unit, “horseshoe-shaped” residential building is an expansive, 40-meter-tall public market, offering 96 fresh food stalls, 8 restaurants and supermarket. Colorful murals cover the arch’s vaulted interior, peering through the largest single glazed cable net facades in Europe, which enclose the market.
This sense of transparency and openness was key, as the Markhal is the driving force to the rejuvenation of the Laurenskwartier area and hopes to attract thousands of visitors each year.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library | Via
Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is the largest building in the world dedicated to the containment and preservation of rare books, manuscripts, and documents. Completed in 1963 and situated on Yale University’s campus, in New Haven, Connecticut, the library has room for approximately 780,000 volumes. Currently, it holds about 500,000 volumes and several million manuscripts including the original Gutenberg Bible and the mysterious Voynich manuscript, among several others.
Before the construction of the library, rare and valuable books of the Library of Yale College were placed on special shelving at the College Library, now known as Dwight Hall. Later in 1930, when the Sterling Memorial Library was being built, the university created a dedicated reading room for its rare books. As the collection grew, Sterling’s reading room became too small and unsuitable for preservation of the delicate manuscripts, and the need for a larger library was felt.
Acting as supplementary staircase in the exhibition space at the OK center for contemporary art, ‘net linz’ by croatian-austrian design collective numen/for use is an inhabitable and climbable social sculpture made of intricately interwoven mesh. The nets are suspended from the ceiling and stretched with the weight of sand bags attached to their base. their vertical orientation, reaching towards the height of the room, results in a canyon-like path, where the visitor must slowly swing as they meander along the steep and undulating aisle.
The typical life span of a shopping cart is between 10 and 15 years, and after their period of good service, they are destroyed. Wanting to give them a second life, french designer xavier degueldre has decided to recycle them in a way that renders them still functional, but with renewed purpose.
‘Kart by Degueldre’ is a collection of chairs and armchairs that have been fashioned from shopping carts. the result is a series of desirable, design objects derived from a very impersonal product — something that typically stands as a symbol of consumption in the occidental world. The trolleys are bent and reworked in such a way that affords them to act as comfortable furniture. each ‘kart by degueldre’ is numbered and registered, and is available in a range of shapes and sizes so that you can customize yours according to how you want to enhance your home or garden (for indoor or outdoor use).