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Market Square and Fishmarket Building, Bergen, Norway

Thursday 13 Aug 2009

Fishermans friend

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Market beacon intends to bring fishery into the modern era 

A competition held by the Bergen Municipality of Norway required the architects to create a new realm for the traditional profession of fishmongery and provide a modern market space for the city. The winning project, "The story continues" by Eder Biesel Architects AS in Stavanger, was considered to have provided the best solution, economy and design. Had a postal delay not occurred, however, perhaps the design featured here, by Kjellgren Kaminsky, would have had a fair shot at coming out on top.

Kaminsky's design focused on the need for a year-round market hub which would help to draw both locals and tourists. Acting as a beacon for the market space is the Fishmarket Building which borrows its dimensions from traditional Bergen Building practises over six levels. Local materials including timber cladding mix with clever lighting to create a modern adaptation of the surrounding architecture. The building's design is enchantingly open while maintaining the integrity of its modest surrounds. The public sphere continues in to the building, from the entrance via the indoor marketplace and up to the balcony turning the market into a shared experience where glimpses of activity are visible and encouraging.

The small footprint of the building allows for a large area of public space in front of the structure which can easily accommodate a large range of uses; temporary market, meeting place, outdoor exhibition, installations etc. The open form of the Fishmarket Building ensures that the two spaces are conjoined and function symbiotically to pull visitors into the area and create a new social hub for the old square.

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Status Concluded competition entry
Value 0(m€)
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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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