Durbach Block Jaggers architects (DBJ) have won the architectural design competition for a new Sydney Markets building at Flemington, Sydney.
The building will house a new cooking school with a focus on fresh produce and will hold up to 30 students at a time when it opens in September 2016. It will also have an al fresco terrace and an educational area for school groups.
DBJ beat a host of competition entrants to win the brief and turned to a unique, almost amorphous architectural form with a nature-inspired colour palette to do so. The design features different sized boxy windows with deep reveals—not unlike those seen at DBJ’s recently completed UTS Science and Graduate School of Health—as well as a secret garden and netted fruit trees.
Neil Durbach, Director of DBJ notes that the design focuses on establishing a visually beautiful centre point for people to connect at the market.
“We set out to create a landmark building that was visually beautiful, whilst still meeting the practical requirements of the brief,” he says.
“The modern design and flowing shape of the building celebrates natural light and cross ventilation by connecting every space. We wanted to create a centre point that would naturally connect people, space and food.”
Durbach also notes that sustainability was a key factor in the design and that his firm’s goal is to achieve a 5 Star sustainability rating.