The External Food Hall at the South Melbourne Market is a new undercover dining area for the market, making use of previously underutilized space adjacent to the main food hall and providing a space for gathering and events.
The structure is designed with Design for Manufacture and Assembly principles to optimise the design, limit construction time and reduce impact on the busy market. The timber diagrid elements were prefabricated with precision before being assembled on site. Timber ‘A’-frames were designed as columns to spread the load and minimize the need for deep footings.
The canopy is reminiscent of a market pallette as an enduring icon of the market, with the fall of the roof and tapering plan working together to flatten its appearance. The ‘A’-frames focus views into and out of the space and provide an intimate informal dining moment around the bench tops built into the frame.
Sarah Bourke, Design Development
Tim Daborn, Project Architect
Xin Yan Choo, Graduate of Architecture
Michael Bouteloup, Project Architect
Braird Engineering Pty Ltd, Services Consultant
Doug Turnbull , GBR Associates Pty Ltd, Structural Engineer
LCI Consultants, Fire Safety Engineer