Project Tittle : Brotherhood Linkages (2010)
Site : Blackwattle Bay, Sydney, Australia.
Program : Fish Market
Project Team : Yasmin Rahman, Ashiff Sharizad, Ezzanie Zainal Abidin, Aini Rahman, Wahida Kamal, Arif Zain, Askaree Dzaharudin
Blackwattle bay is located in the south of bays precinct and covers an area of around 7 hectares. The site includes a number of working harbour uses along Bank Street, Sydney Fish Market, as well as further working harbour uses on the southern edge bordering Pyrmont bridge road. The majority of land within Blackwattle Bay is owned by NSW maritime. It is 2 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the city of Sydney. The Sydney Fish Market is perhaps one of the most significant sites situated along the Sydney harbour foreshore as it spans an area of approximately 43,000 square metres. It is closely located to the inner city suburbs of Glebe and Pyrmont and is close to public transport networks. The existing site offers retail and dining facilities, wholesale seafood, a marina and offices. Over 13,000 tonnes of seafood is auctioned in the auction hall annually, which serves as a tourist attraction.
Sydney is characterized by its four main harbours which have their own individual identity. Blackwattle Bay, where the once iconic Sydney Fish Market used to gleam, does now not have an identity that makes it strong enough to be at par with its other harbour brothers.
A new branding which includes a variety of new programmes, such as a new centre of marine research, a few new restaurants, a cooking school which enhances the current institutional programme, needs to be implemented to make it a significant attraction once again.
At the same time, connecting all the four harbours through a direct linkage is crucial as the revitalization of the Sydney Fish Market will not be complete without an artery connecting the bays together. The Sydney Fish Market will be connected with all the other harbours by a direct linkage that already exists in the form of the freeway. This brotherhood linkage will not only strengthen each identity of the harbours, but it can also act as an interactive medium between people and architecture which in turn enhances the quality of urban spaces in Sydney.