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Sydney Fish Market design revealed

Design, led by Danish architects 3XN, in partnership with Sydney firms BVN and Aspect Studios.

Seafood lovers will have a new foodie destination as the final design has been unveiled for the iconic Sydney Fish Market which will revitalise Blackwattle Bay and expand the public’s access to Sydney Harbour and its foreshore. The revitalised precinct is to be complete by 2023 with construction to commence in mid-2019.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the purpose-built retail and wholesale facility will be positioned over the water as the centrepiece of a new harbour-side precinct, taking advantage of panoramic views to the Anzac Bridge.

“The Sydney Fish Market currently attracts more visitors annually than the Great Barrier Reef and accounts for around 20% of international visitors to the Sydney region,” Berejiklian said.

Sydney Fish Markets, the roof detail inspired by fish scales

“It is already the largest fish market in the southern hemisphere, trading approximately 14,500 tonnes of seafood per year. This brand new fish market will draw locals and visitors to Blackwattle Bay to experience the excitement of an authentic market and auction floor, and taste some of our finest seafood in state-of-the-art surrounds.” she continued.

The building will feature a unique timber and aluminium roof consisting of a timber beam structure, topped with 350 white triangular roof panels and skylights, inspired by fish scales floating over the building like a canopy and be home to an expanded seafood cooking school, food kiosks, restaurants, bars and outdoor spaces for social events.

The new Sydney Fish Market auction room

Plans also include new public wharves, a waterfront promenade, a new ferry stop and new civic and community spaces.

“Relocating the fish market to the new site will return Blackwattle Bay’s foreshore to the public, improve pedestrian and cycling links and connect more of Pyrmont to the water as part of the long-awaited revitalisation of the area.” she said.

The design was commissioned last year and is being led by Danish architects 3XN, in partnership with Sydney firms BVN and Aspect Studios. 3XN are the same architects appointed to AMP Capital’s Circular Quay project.

Sydney Fish Market will continue to operate uninterrupted during construction of the new facility, which is expected to begin mid 2019, subject to all necessary approvals.

The Sydney Fish Markets will be revitalised to be a must-visit destination for tourists and locals

The sustainability features of the new building will work towards achieving a green star rating of 5 from the Green Building Council of Australia. The goals for the design include a reduction in energy, water and waste consumption compared with the existing fish market.

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