Sydney Fish Market Gets Sustainable Makeover Thank to Danish Design

Sydney Fish Market by 3XN

With a location change and revamped design, the Sydney Fish Market is looking to make its mark as a new foodie destination. Danish architecture firm 3XN won a competition to create the new market with a sustainable design that will create a new focal point on Sydney Harbour. Its stunning, undulating roof ebbs and flows like the waves of the sea, creating an organic form that recalls the environment.

3XN has placed the public at the center of its design by creating a market that also includes community-building areas. Restaurants, bars, food stalls, and a cooking school provide gathering points to mix and mingle while tasting world-class cuisine. Visitors will also gain new access to the Blackwattle Bay, thanks to a promenade that will be established through public pathways and environmental integration. “The design treats the New Sydney Fish Market as a critical component of the community: a catalyst for a strengthened relationship, both physically and through the identity, it offers to locals and visitors alike,” writes the firm.

Sustainable design elements permeate the structure, which seeks to help rather than harm its natural surroundings. Smart water features like rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling, and biofiltration systems will help save water. The biofiltration system will double as a habitat for local birds while also filtering water runoff.

Tradition is not lost in the contemporary design, as 3XN plans for individual stalls to fill the open space. The layout will recall a traditional marketplace while its modular interior allows for adaptability as the market's needs change. Construction on the new Sydney Fish Market is set to begin in 2019, with an opening slated for 2023.

“Environmental and social sustainability are essential and inseparable parts of the design. The roof, landscaped forms, open atmosphere, plantings and materials that characterize the experience of the design are examples of this union,” shares Kim Herforth Nielsen, founding partner of 3XN. “Throughout the course of the new market's concept and design development, public amenity and environmental sustainability have formed the core of our decision-making processes.”

3XN's sustainable design for the Sydney Fish Market puts tradition and community at the forefront

Sydney Fish Market by 3XN

Sydney Fish Market by 3XN

Sydney Fish Market by 3XN

Sydney Fish Market by 3XN

Smart water features help the sustainable structure save water and provide habitat for local birds.

Sydney Fish Market by 3XN

Sydney Fish Market by 3XN

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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