AJ+C and NH architecture’s sydney fish market reference scheme, which had been awarded ‘future projects – masterplanning winner’ has been announced as ‘world future project of the year 2017’ at the world architecture festival in berlin. judges described the project as the ‘clear winner’ in its category for finding a solution to a challenging brief.

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the proposal was described as the ‘clear winner’ of the world future project of the year 2017

 

 

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. their 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.

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the proposal transformed the existing location into a mixed-use development site

 

 

the existing location could then be transformed into a mixed-use development site. ‘our approach for the reference scheme recasts the whole idea as not a building in blackwattle bay’, explains Michael Heenan, CEO and Principal of  AJ+C. ‘but rather a large publicly occupied wharf with a filigree canopy floating over it that happens to have a market in it.’

 

it was seen by the architects as fundamentally important that the project should not be about the building as an occupying object but rather a public space that extends wentworth park. the project was awarded by the super jury of names such as james and stephen timberlake for opening up ‘the greatest transformation of the future in all its forms’ and addressing matters of real life, visceral life, food and transport. 

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it relocated the existing fish market from its location in pyrmont to a nearby wharf at the head of blackwattle bay

 

 

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. 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.

 


world architecture festival (WAF) is the largest, annual, international, live architectural event. it includes the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries. WAF is a three-day event for architects and interior design professionals to celebrate, learn, exchange, and be inspired. the 2017 world architecture festival comprises 5 key elements: the WAF awards; a thematic conference programme; an exhibition of award entries; sponsor and exhibitor stands; a series of networking/social events, as well as WAF fringe activities. INSIDE world festival of interiors runs alongside WAF, with its own awards and conference programme.

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