The most current renders and designs for the new Sydney Fish Market have been revealed, thanks to Market project design firm 3XN.

The new market is intended to invite visitors to the centre of the architectural response, creating a sense of place and community at Blackwattle Bay.

The amphitheatre staircases attaching the plazas to the public market prove an extension of the landscape, setting up a foreshore promenade surrounding Blackwattle Bay and carving out a new public route along the edge of the water. Aside from granting the public access to the aqua, this design element will bring the city together.

The building will boast a timber and aluminium roof bearing a distinct wavy structure that rises and falls in correspondence with the program below. The roof will supply shade, daylight, ventilation, rainwater collection and possibly solar energy.

The roof’s triangular openings allow for plentiful natural light, while their orientation protects the building from harsh sunlight.

A far-reaching energy optimisation strategy has been instituted to reduce consumption and demand, while generating energy from renewable sources. The strategy includes the chance for absorption chillers to morph excess heat from refrigeration into cold water for cooling purposes, and the employment of excessive heat sources to empower the hot water system and space heating. Leftover ice might pre-cool air for refrigerated regions.

Passive conditioning uses canopy shading, wind capture, thermal mass and excessive cool air from other zones to develop a comfortable environment with less of a reliance on active conditioning systems.

Plantings and bio-filtration zones on the site will create a ‘green bridge’, complete with native fauna habitat and water access, with area flora supplying natural water purification and filtration of the site run-off.

The waste systems used in the new fish market have been developed to recycle all industrial food-waste. A comprehensive strategy for all recyclables will be created and maintained to optimise consumables, with the fish market recycling materials utilised in packaging and operation.