Sydney Fish Market primed for $250 million futuristic revamp

Selling more than 11 million kilos of seafood annually, Sydney Fish Market is the third largest in the world. In addition to its extremely profitable market, pumping more than $21 million into the NSW economy each year, it is also a huge tourist attraction. The market generates annual profits of $72 million from more than three million visitors. According to reports, Sydney Fish Market is a major attracting feature for nearly 70% of international visitors.
As such as a major bastion of Sydney, it is no surprise that the NSW government is willing to make a $250 million investment into its expansion. Copenhagen-based firm 3XN are spearheading renovations, planning to begin construction next year.

Sydney Fish Market
[Image: 3XN]
“This building will be many things when it is done: a working fish market, an amenity for the city, a cultural destination, an urban connector, and an inspiring icon along the world-renowned Sydney Harbour,” stated Kim Herforth Nielsen, founding partner of 3XN.
Renderings of the market’s design show a sleek, white undulating form, reflecting the surrounding waves. The large futuristic structure resembles a stadium or convention centre. It integrates the water’s edge through the construction of plazas at either end of the market. Architects have designed the plazas to promote sustainability, with spaces for wetland flora that can filter stormwater from the building. These features will offer greater protection and habitats for local birds and other wildlife.
Sydney Fish Market
[Image: 3XN]
The existing market, first established in 1945, will joined with the newly renovated structures. Together, they make up the Souther Hemisphere’s largest seafood sales arena. Teeming with heavy machinery and bustling wholesalers, the Sydney Fish Market naturally contains many hazards. The new design seeks to alleviate these issues, better integrating visitors into the business safely.
The structure contains the loading docks and the wholesale market to the ground floor, while weaving in amphitheater staircases and promenades over working wharf, so visitors can observe the fascinating action without obstructing operations. The new market will also feature a seafood-focused cooking school, and expanded food kiosks, restaurants, outdoor areas and bars.
Sydney Fish Market
[Image: 3XN]
With much concern circulating over the depletion of the world’s oceans, the market seeks to solve major overfishing problems. It aims to encourage consumers to consume local seafood, reducing the overall global impact of fishing. Often, Australia ranks among the best-managed fisheries in the world.
“Our fisheries management system that’s in place has rigorous scientific underpinning to it, and internationally we’re regarded as being amongst the top four in the world as to our fisheries management programs,” stated Bryan Skepper, Sydney Fish Market’s general manager. The market will open in 2023.

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