3XN wins contract to design new Sydney Fish Market

25 June 2017

One of Europe’s leading architectural firms has been chosen to design the new $250m-plus Sydney Fish Market at the head of Blackwattle Bay.

UrbanGrowth NSW today announced that Copenhagen-based 3XN Architects, in partnership with its innovation unit GXN, was awarded the contract after a competitive process that attracted over 60 registrations of interest from Australian and international design studios.

“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.

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, “Sydney Fish Market is a beloved institution among Sydneysiders, Australians and international visitors. Therefore, 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.”

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.

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