Last year Urban Melbourne reported that the City of Melbourne had voted in favour of revised draft plans for the Q2 area of the Queen Victoria Market Renewal Project. The endorsed scheme reduced the size of the footprint of works in exchange for a deeper excavation for the below-ground facilities at the western end of Sheds A, B, C & D.
As a result, the eastern sections of the sheds, adjacent to Queens Street, no longer require removal meaning that fewer fruit and veg traders will be disrupted.
This, in turn, has resulted in Breathe Architecture's design for the Market Garden Pavilion - to be located along Queens Street - being reduced down to 111m, from the initial length of 254m originally proposed. The $7.4 million structure will be built on the northern end of Queen Street, providing space for displaced traders once the redevelopment of Q2 commences.
According to documentation prepared by town planners Contour acting on behalf of the City of Melbourne, other key changes to the original design are summarised below:
Market Garden serves as a temporary trading pavilion that initiates a layered programmatic and experiential outcome for the trader, shopper and visitor.
Through contextual ground floor markings and super graphics that reference and describe the narrative of the current site, traders will have a defined place of business beneath a productive and seasonal greenhouse.
Market Garden is not about redefining the way traders interact with their customers, it’s about respecting and maintaining the iconic market experience, movement and feel, ensuring that stallholders are able to continue trading as they know and enjoy in a temporary environment.
- Breathe Architecture Design Response
Breathe Architecture's design for the Market Garden pavilion comprises two key parts; the 1,560 sqm Trading Hall and the upper-level Greenhouse.
Fruit and vegetable stalls affected by market renewal works (sheds A – D) will be relocated in a flexible and adaptable open trading floor - sheltered, shaded and cooled beneath a high canopy. Visual and pedestrian permeability will be maintained to the upper market while also providing functional solutions for events, and trading logistics of loading and unloading.
Upper-level access and amphitheatre seating will be included at the south end of the pavilion providing a gathering and event space.
The intended Greenhouse is based on other urban farm models around the world.
Located above the trading floor is an enclosed, functioning greenhouse with a portion of hospitality trading. It's expected the greenhouse will become both a productive and educational tool laden with crops that can be seen, touched and smelled.
Market Garden will promote conversation around food security and how we obtain it plus how we consume and dispose of excess food. It will be reflective of the market life cycle, growing and functioning both day and night while also providing welcome relief from heat island effect.