Basel's Markthalle (Market Hall) was built in 1929 and used as a market up until 2004. Following various attempts at other uses, 2014 saw the hall being returned almost to its original purpose, with food stalls and a weekly market on Saturdays.
Markthalle Basel with its distinctive dome was designed by engineer Adolf Goenner and architect Hans Ryhiner. The associated tower was completed in 2012 under the direction of Diener & Diener Architekten and features 45 apartments.The market hall is continuously maintained by the Basel architectural office in situ.
Concrete deli: the market hall next to Basel SBB railway station is a special delicacy in every respect. Let’s start with the architecture: the hall boasts one of the earliest and most graceful exposed concrete domes in Switzerland. The octagonal shell vault is 28 metres high, only eight centimetres thin and has a span of 60 metres. What’s even more impressive: when it opened in 1929, the hall ranked as the third largest reinforced concrete dome building in the world. In 2013, the market hub was converted into a food hall and cultural venue. Under the listed dome, a multitude of stalls, food trucks and bars feed hungry business folk and Gen Z crowds with specialities from all over the world. In the evenings and at weekends, the hall regularly hosts concerts and special events.