Malahide Market

At the centre of Malahide village, this new food market is literally stitched into the existing urban fabric. The site was formerly a service yard accessed from The Green, facing the marina and seafront to the north. An assortment of existing buildings wrapping the retained corner building were adjusted, supported, retained and extended to define 1000sqm of new market space underneath. The market begins at the New Street facade located in the Malahide Historic Core by renovating the existing building with fibre cement linings and new bronze shrouds to the windows. The market wraps under the existing buildings and around to The Green on the north, making a new public space facing the Marina. This façade is irregular; a black brick gable containing support spaces is suspended over the ground floor glazed café, returning into the market interiors. A laminated timber diagrid roof structure stretches between the existing and newly constructed buildings, linking the interior and exterior markets with the public external café as it continues out to The Green. This new external space is dappled with light from the south, reinforcing permeability. Bronze anodised gates clad in expanded metal allow for security out of hours, but reinforce the sense of pattern, light and informality of the timber roof. The linking of these two urban faces is achieved through  this roof structure, as a literal stitch. This informal, natural atmosphere carries through to the interior, lined with the same black brickwork, larch board timber ceilings, raw concrete and exposed services. The bronze tones of the external glazing to New Street continues in the movement joints in the white terrazzo flooring, patterned to pedestrian movement, as are the organic forms of display and specialist counters for the butcher, baker and cheesemonger. The construction phase was completed in 2016.