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Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne [Adaptive Capacities]

Part 2 Project 2019
Sean Dervan
University of Queensland Brisbane Australia
Queen Victoria Market is located at the fringe of Melbourne CBD, nestled between Flagstaff Gardens, the RMIT precinct, and low-rise residential suburbs. Between 1839-1853 it was Melbourne’s first cemetery. The site was ploughed in 1922, and 914 bodies were exhumed, however approximately 8,000 unmarked graves remain beneath the market to this day. In 1867 the first market structure was erected, and the markets continued to grow until 1936 when built form peaked. In 1986 several market sheds were demolished and converted into a car park. Today the market is a major tourist destination and is of significant cultural and historic value to the city.

This scheme seeks to reinstate historic market shed form on site, while re-establishing and strengthening connections to context. It aims to revitalise the heritage markets and celebrate cherished market experiences, by identifying and abstracting existing successful qualities. These qualities and experiences are used to inspire an architectural language that is new and invigorating, but also grounded in the unique history and context. The proposal provides creative design district program with studio and workshop spaces above ground floor retail, and a large civic market shed space for spontaneous night market activities, or public exhibitions and performances.

Sean Dervan

Paul Jones
Dr Andrew Charles Wilson
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