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AJ+C's Sydney Fish Market  Reference Scheme recognised globally at WAF 2017
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SYDNEY FISH MARKET REFERENCE SCHEME RECOGNISED GLOBALLY AT WAF 2017

 

  “Allen Jack+Cottier Architects’ proposal ‘transforms a world bigger than itself. It addresses matters of real life, visceral life, food and transport. The architects executed their role in an exemplary and inspiring fashion”

 

The Super Jury, chaired by James Timberlake of Kieran Timberlake

 

AJ+C and NH Architecture’s Sydney Fish Market Reference Scheme, which had been awarded ‘Future Projects - Masterplanning winner’ was announced as ‘World Future Project of the Year 2017’ on the 17th November from all Future Project categories at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin.

The judges took the view that the Future Projects Category “must award the project that opens up the greatest transformation of the future in all its forms,” and described the project as a “clear winner” in its category for finding a solution to a challenging brief.

The Super Jury, chaired by James Timberlake of Kieran Timberlake, said AJ+C’s proposal “transforms a world bigger than itself.”

“It addresses matters of real life, visceral life, food and transport. The architects executed their role in an exemplary and inspiring fashion” they added.

OMA partner Ellen van Loon, WOHA founder Mun Summ Wong, Ian Ritchie of Ian Ritchie Architects and Christoph Ingenhoven of Ingenhoven Architects completed the judging panel.

 

AJ+C and NH Architecture prepared the Reference Scheme and Urban Design Framework documents for UrbanGrowth NSW, which were used as the briefing documents for the Sydney Fish Market competition and redevelopment.

AJ+C’s solution involved mitigating the inherent risks of redeveloping the current site, by relocating the existing Fish Market from its location in Pyrmont to a nearby wharf at the head of Blackwattle Bay, opposite Wentworth Park. The existing location could then be transformed into a mixed-use development site.

“Our approach for the reference scheme, which the international jury recognised immediately, recasts the whole idea as not a building in Blackwattle Bay but rather a large publicly occupied wharf with a filigree canopy floating over it that happens to have a market in it. It is fundamentally important to the city that this project be not about the building as an occupiable object but rather a public space that extends Wentworth Park” says architect and urban designer for the project Michael Heenan, CEO and Principal of AJ+C, who presented at WAF.

Following the international design competition, 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.

As part of a consortium FJMT will develop a masterplan, with Mott MacDonald, Royal Haskoning DHV and Arcadis providing engineering and development services for the entire Bays Market Precinct.

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