FISH MARKET

Design: 2013 - 2015
Expected completion: 2016
Program: 350 m2 indoor market and restaurant
Client: Indre Oslofjord Fiskerlag
Location: Rådhusbrygge, Oslo, Norway

Under the same roof

FISH MARKET
Under the same roof

Design: 2013 - 2015
Expected completion: 2016
Program: 350 m2 indoor market and restaurant
Client: Indre Oslofjord Fiskerlag
Location: Rådhusbrygge, Oslo, Norway
Aerial view. Integration with Rådhusplassen and the harbour. Illustration: Dark/Glessner Group

Fish market is an important and long-awaited project in Oslo. Located along the fjord right in the centre of Oslo between Aker Brygge and The Town hall, the fish market is a link between the city and the sea. The idea is to lead people to the fjord where they can buy seafood from the boats, enjoy the water and the busy surroundings. The fish market intends to be a public space, partly on, partly in a building that joins nature and urban.

Model picture, view from Aker brygge. The roof extends Rådhusplassen over the new fish market.

The design is simple: the floor is tilted up creating a ramp and a plateau. This makes up the roof for the indoor fish sale, but is also extended towards the sea to partly cover the fish sale from the boats. All the activities are all happening under one big roof.

The new fish market is located between Rådhusplassen and Aker Brygge in Oslo.
Model picture, aerial view.

On the roof there is space to eat your shrimps whilst you are enjoying the water (a very Norwegian habit), space to play, dance, skate or just hang out. This spot will be an intimate space in the big openness that characterize the area. By raising the floor, one does not steal any valuable square meters along the pier – the fish market gives back it’s footprint by letting people use the roof.

View from Rådhusplassen. Illustration: Dark/Glessner Group

Inside, the fish hall is one open room with a huge counter in the middle. This will give the visitors an experience in the processes of preparing the fish. The costumers can walk around and watch the sea food before they buy. The design in a robust built mainly with stone and concrete, able to withstand time and a rough program.

Model picture, view from the Oslo fjord.
Plan and section.The public bike parking is sunken under the ramped roof.

Under the ramp, there is the bicycle parking space for about 400 bicycles. The area has many commuters, mainly by boat, and is struggling with the number of bicycles.

Axonometric view. The new roof covers the axis between the passengers harbour and the city center.

Whilst the area is characterized by buildings from different eras with different typology, scale and expression, the fish market is read as part of the floor. It has the same material as the plaza in front of the Town Hall and is only 3.6 m high. It is part of the public floor and does not seek attention, but is rather opening up towards on the fjord and the boats. It aims to strengthen Oslo as a Fjord City.

Model picture, overview.