A collaborative design team formed by HKR Architects, Make Architects and Gehl Architects was selected to redesign and redevelop Dublin’s City Markets. Focusing on the redesign and revival of the site of the 19th century fruit, vegetable and fish markets near the Four Courts, north of Dublin’s River Liffey, the project was to been completed on behalf of the Markets Regeneration Consortium, and formed part of Dublin City Council’s Markets Area Draft Framework Plan.
The brief was to develop a new gastronomic centre for Dublin with the redeveloped fish market site as the area’s focal point. The brief also included the proposed regeneration of the Fruit and Vegetable Market building at the heart of the mixed-use development. At the heart of the site, the Fruit and Vegetable Market was to be preserved within an upgraded structure and is fronted by a spacious new public square. The surrounding buildings contain office and residential accommodation on the upper levels, with retail, restaurant and cafe spaces on the ground floor bringing renewed activity and animation to the streets and the new public square.