'The Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam': Gigantic digital mural covering the interiors of new market with images of nature fills visitors with wonder
The hustle and bustle of markets create a lively and exciting atmosphere, making them a good place to start getting to know a city.
A new indoor market in Rotterdam will not just offer visitors the chance to browse through fresh produce – it will also mesmerise them with the largest artwork in the Netherlands.
Measuring 36,000 square feet – the size of two full size football pitches - the massive digital mural on the walls of the De Markthal market has been dubbed the ‘Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam’.
Images of nature: The digital mural depicts the products which will be on sale at the market when it opens in October
The artwork, called the Horn of Plenty and designed by Dutch artist Arno Coenen, consists of more than 4,000 tiled pieces which are covered in bright images depicting fruits, vegetables and other produce that will be on sale at the market when it opens in October.
Arno said: ‘You could just look at the wonderful, almost psychedelic picture for its beauty, but the reference to the “Horn of Plenty” points out the miracle that food is there for you. ‘It is a work with a spiritual, religious feel to it. However, its larger-than-life size is not a tale of religion; it's about nature.’
The biggest artwork in the Netherlands: A digital impression of the The Horn Of Plenty artwork covering the interiors of the De Markthal market in Rotterdam
Psychedelic: Artist Arno Coenen said the digital mural is a work with a spiritual, religious feel to it
'The Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam': The artwork covering the interiors of the 40-metre high arched building
The high resolution, large-scale images were possible thanks to the help of Pixar and a team of 3D animators, special effects specialists and a photographer.
Once the market opens, the artist will project moving animations on the walls of the 40-metre high arched building.
The indoor market, designed by local architecture practice MVRDV, will host fresh food stands including bakers and fishmongers, along with restaurants, retailers, 228 apartments and 1,200 parking spaces.
Shop and dream: The indoor market will host fresh food stands including bakers and fishmongers, along with restaurants, retailers, 228 apartments and 1,200 parking spaces
Detail: The high resolution images were possible thanks to a collaboration with Pixar
It is perhaps not the destnination you would immediately associate with an authentic Tibetan experience, but this quirky B&B offers just that - in the South of France.
Holidaymakers can see what life is like for a Buddhist monk, all in the middle of the French countryside, less than two hours from Toulouse.
With its oriental decorations and secluded spot amongst the trees you could be forgiven for thinking the Nest of the Red Dragon was a Tibetan creation, but it is actually owned by a Frenchman and an American.
Crimson retreat: The unusual B&B is built in the style of a Buddhist temple, but is actually located in the South of France
Room with a view: The unusual temple looks out over the Haut-Languedoc natural park
The bizarre B&B houses tourists in simple wooden accommodation with a balcony extending from the cliff side, an outdoor shower and incredible views over the Haut-Languedoc natural park.
Or for those seeking a more luxurious break there's even a sun terrace and private pool. Just as the builders of Buddhist temples would have done, owners New Yorker Liam Salter and Frenchman Thomas Lestelle sourced all the materials for the Nest locally and before building it by hand themselves using chestnut trees from the nearby forest.
Unusual experience: Guests say it is like they have left France and stepped into an entirely different country
In contrast to the décor of the traditional houses in nearby villages, the ornaments filling the master bedroom and twin room for children are all treasures brought back from their time living in Asia.
Liam and Thomas will even cook you an authentic Asian meal in the Tibetan kitchen while you get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with the surrounding nature.
Although the Nest has been a private retreat for the last ten years, the temple-like property is now open to paying guests from £120 a night.
Making a splash: The B&B has just opened tot he public and allows holidaymakers to experience life like a Buddhist month
Going for gold: With traditional Tibetan decor and outdoor showers shaped like elephants, guests will feel a world away from the South of France
Take a dip: While the B&B may seem basic, it has plenty of additions such a a pool tucked in among the foliage
Liam said: 'The first thing people say when they come in is always: 'We are in another country'.
'It's often people looking to escape who come and visit but our clientele also includes people coming for a few days of love and romance.
'The project started when we quit the rat race because we wanted to get away from administrative work.
'We decided then to work for ourselves, building our home, our furniture, etc., etc., only taking small jobs to get by.
Breaking with tradition: The Tibetan temple-style B&B is nestled in the French countryside near a picture-perfect village
Inner peace: The spectacular setting is worthy of a Buddhist retreat
'Thomas and I have travelled a lot in Asia and Africa and at the beginning it was just a place for friends to stay inspired by our travels.
'Now we feel lucky to be welcoming people to a different kind of South of France experience.'
Despite being open less than a month, Liam and Thomas have been overwhelmed by the interest from prospective guests.
Jess Waters from QuirkyAccom.com handles bookings from the UK for the property.
She said: 'The nest is an exotic and fabulous Asian temple with views to die for.
'It really has the feel of being far from its location in the South of France. 'It is always thrilling to find somewhere so unique and inspirational like this.'