Another Sydney project has been recognised at the 2017 World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards.
Beating 14 other international projects, Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) and NH Architecture’s reference design for the Sydney Fish Markets won the Masterplanning – Future Projects category on day two of the festival. The practice’s vision for a reimagined local landmark was applauded by the jury for “the brave idea of moving the site – combining architectural ambition with an honest appraisal of the delivery risks”.
This win follows East Sydney Early Learning Centre (ESELC) by Andrew Burges Architects and the EY Centre by FJMT being awarded on day one.
While AJ+C and NH Architecture have provided a reference design for the new Sydney Fish Markets, the final designs for the $250-million Blackwattle Bay project will be by Danish architecture firm, 3XN. The initial plans for the markets demonstrate a significantly wider pedestrian space along the foreshore – compared to the existing structure – bordered by a high level of retail and dining. A light wooden boardwalk, glass panelled-façades and a white, slatted canopy that overhangs outdoor spaces all reveal the subtle curves and light palette characteristic of Scandinavian architecture.
WAF is running in conjunction with the Inside World Festival of Interiors, currently being held in Berlin. On day three, both the 2017 World Building and World Interior of the Year will be announced. Last year, an interior design for retail brand Heike in Hangzhou and a new National Museum in Szczecin, Poland took out the top awards.