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James Street Market by Cox Rayner Architects

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The James Street Market is a robust, economical and viable solution to neighbourhood food retailing. Anchored by a fruit and vegetable market, the design cleverly incorporates existing driveways, loading docks, rights of way and pedestrian access routes into a casual ensemble of traffic, parking and pedestrian only areas.

This important building type is normally plagued by blank precast or tilt-up boxes, which often sterilize the surrounding streets and internalize the shopping experience.

James Street Market reflects the opposite approach – a roofed environ, which illustrates that permeable connectivity, transparent urban form, industrial materials and street activation work socially and commercially.

As a result, the project meshes and reinforces the existing street pattern, providing additional restaurant usage along James Street. The low-pitched roof form was sufficiently high to enable the inclusion of a first-floor cooking school, which overlooks the centre spine.

All in all, this is a vital and inclusive solution with excellent urban fit and commercial viability.


Cox Rayner Architects
Project Team
Michael Rayner, Ingrid Richards, Allan Bakewell, Spyros Barberis, Stephen Gunn
Builder Hutchinson Builders Brisbane
Developer Calile Malouf Investments
Electrical and mechanical consultant Connell Mott MacDonald
Graphic design Design Front
Hydraulic consultant BRW Enterprises
Interior designer Cox Rayner Architects
Landscape consultant Gamble McKinnon Green Brisbane
Planning consultant Keilar Fox & McGhie
Quantity surveyor Hutchinson Builders Brisbane
Structural and civil consultant McVeigh Consultants
Traffic and transport PTT (previously Adam Pekol Consulting)
Site details
Location Brisbane,  Qld,  Australia
Category Commercial / public buildings
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 1 Nov 2003


Architecture Australia, November 2003

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