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Markthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Aldowa engineered, produced and mounted 4,000 perforated, sublimated 2-mm aluminum panels for a mural inside the Markthal Rotterdam, an indoor market and housing development.

Aldowa engineered, produced and mounted 4,000 perforated, sublimated 2-mm aluminum panels for a mural inside the Markthal Rotterdam, an indoor market and housing development. The arch-shaped structure's indoor market is surrounded by restaurants, food shops and hospitality units topped with 10 stories of 228 apartments.

An 118,000-square-foot mural titled "Horn of Plenty" by Dutch artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam decorates the inner walls of the 130-foothigh arch. The mural features a colorful array of fruits, vegetables, flowers and insects and is a nod to the work of 17th century Dutch still-life artists.

Massimo Meda, architectural manager at Valspar in Europe, says Valspar's white polyester powder coatings were applied in a first coat on the panels to intensify colors. "Following this critical first coat, Valspar's clear polyurethane powder coating was applied, a scratch-resistant, anti-graffiti coating that helps protect against both human and natural elements," he says.

Meda notes Valspar's coatings were specified for resistance to both chemical and ultraviolet light. "The combination of these two coating systems enhances the overall vibrancy of the mural's sublimated decor and delivers an impressive impact on the viewer," he says.

TS Visuals applied the design to the panels in a sublimation process after Valspar's coatings were applied. The ink was heated to a high temperature and turned into a gas that penetrated the coated panel and formed a solid, durable layer.

The panels were paired with acoustic backers for noise control. Incorporating this and other sustainable design principles, Markthal Rotterdam earned a Very Good rating from Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM), an international certification program for sustainable buildings.

Architect: MVRDV Rotterdam, Rotterdam

Coatings applicator: Groupo Andalucía- Apliband, Madrid, Spain

Sublimation process: TS Visuals, Oudkarspel, Netherlands

Aluminum panels/installer: Aldowa, Rotterdam, www.aldowa.nl

Coatings: Valspar Corp., Minneapolis, www.valsparinspireme.com