URBANGROWTH NSW last week announced that Copenhagen-based 3XN Architects, in partnership with its innovation unit GXN, has been awarded the contract to design the new $250-million-plus Sydney Fish Market at the head of Blackwattle Bay after a competitive process that attracted over 60 registrations of interest.
"The brief is to rejuvenate Sydney Fish Market and create a world class food and dining destination on the inner harbour that will be dynamic, sustainable, and sympathetic to the local area," said UrbanGrowth NSW Head of Projects Portfolio, Barry Mann.
"3XN Architects has extensive experience designing award-winning and adaptable waterfront buildings around the world, from Scandinavia, to North America, and now Sydney," Mr Mann said.
The rejuvenated facility is expected to include:
- A new building with public boardwalks and improved open foreshore space for dining and leisure activities;
- An improved wholesale market with live auctions more open and accessible to the public;
- A mix of seafood retail outlets and fresh produce markets;
- Expanded and upgraded food and beverage options;
- Sydney Seafood School expanding into a larger, culinary training and education facility;
- Better 'back of house' facilities for fishers and retailers including state of the art refrigeration and improved storage; and
- Additional parking and improved access by road for both customers and suppliers.
3XN Architects Creative Director and Founding Partner, Kim Herforth Nielsen, said the project is a major win for his company.
"We are incredibly excited to be working with UrbanGrowth NSW and Sydney Fish Market to create not just an authentic fish market, but an iconic destination for Australia," Mr Nielsen said.
"We place people at the centre of any architectural response, with an emphasis on place-making to foster a strong sense of community."
Sydney Fish Market General Manager Bryan Skepper said it was integral to select a design team that will modernise and improve the site whilst recognising its longstanding heritage and retaining the authentic experience that attracts customers and visitors.
"Danish designers delivered the iconic Sydney Opera House and we have great expectations that the Danes will deliver again with an iconic new Sydney Fish Market. We're inspired by 3XN's credentials and are excited to work with them to see our redevelopment vision come to life," Mr Skepper said.
3XN Architects is heading up a design consortium that includes, GXN in charge of sustainability, Sydney firm BVN as executive architect, Aspect Studios as landscape architects, and public art specialist WallnerWeiss.
UrbanGrowth NSW expects to have a draft design released for public comment later in the year and aims to commence construction in late 2018.