Ferry Road Markets

Mar 26, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones
  • Architect Cox Rayner Architects

Ferry Road Market is a part transformation of a redundant industrial retail precinct into a new form of public realm for the Gold Coast.

The design retains the original industrial tilt-up shell and layers over it a landscape screen utilising a material conventionally used as a porous underlay for grassed driveways.

The interior volume continues the employment of industrial elements, such as insertion of saw-tooth roofing, raw materials and fittings. It is arranged as a central courtyard space flanked by eating spaces and fresh food market, conveying the atmosphere of a public square by addressing shopfronts into the courtyard.

The project’s prioritisation on sustainability is demonstrated throughout – in the recycling of existing building fabric, in the translation of a readily available and cheap industrial product as sunscreen, in vertical planting for cooling and further sun control, in naturally ventilated and daylit interior spaces, in on-site water storage and distribution, and in rigorous use of sustainable and recyclable materials and species.

Ferry Road Market is a bold venture by a client who sought to revitalise a dilapidated and austere environment into an ‘urban oasis’, and as such is a distinctive catalyst for the client’s future rehabilitation of the precinct.

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