Fish Market

Destined to become one of the most significant social and tourist destinations in the city, the new Sydney Fish Market represents a flagship project of the New South Wales government, that will support tourism and the fishing industry, creating a world-class landmark.

Located in Blackwattle Bay in Pyrmont, two kilometres west of the business district of the capital of New South Wales, the Sydney Fish Market is the third largest fish market in the world. The 65,000 square metre renovation project was commissioned from Danish design firm 3XN, working with local architectural firms BVN, GXN Innovation and landscape architect Aspect Studios. It will take about 1,600 m3 of spruce glulam, over 150 tons of steel and all the know-how of Rubner Holzbau to manufacture the large roof that floats above the new Sydney Fish Market, connecting all the elements of the structure in a unique elegant movement that gives the building an iconic presence. The building's roof is an integral part of the new Sydney Fish Market's iconic design, but also a standard bearer for its sustainability strategy. It is in fact designed to collect rainwater for reuse, for the potential production of solar energy. Its unique shape uses the winds to extract warm air and protect workers from the southerly winds. The canopy, made of wood and aluminium, is designed to be as permeable as possible, minimizing the need for air conditioning while diverting direct sunlight. The triangular openings allow plenty of natural daylight into the building, while their orientation shields the building from the sun during the hottest hours.

  • Client: Multiplex
  • Architect: 3XN/BVN
  • Services: Structural Engineering, Fabrication, Delivery to site
  • Completion: 2024