- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones
- Architect Cox Rayner Architects
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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 projects 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 clients future rehabilitation of the precinct.