Fish Market, Bergen, Norway

Eder Biesel Arkitekter
Date Built
Strandkaien 3, Bergen
The Fish Market building occupies a quayside location in Bergen's harbour within the UNESCO World Heritage site.  The design was submitted by Eder Biesel and in 2013 it was selected from a shortlist of 6 buildings for the World Architecture News "Colour in Architecture Award".  WAN say on their website that they were, " ...  delighted to announce that the accolade of winner has been awarded to the Fish Market in Bergen by Eder Biesel Arkitekter AS. With a unanimous decision made almost instantly, it was clear that there was something particularly special about this project and its use of colour. Amarjit commented: 'The colour and materials make this the winner for me; but as well as this, the context of the project.' The building sits on the water’s edge in the heart of the city of Bergen, Norway. .....

... This highly popular fish market and tourist information centre uses varying tones in a considered way, with Morag Morrison praising its ‘very sophisticated use of colour’. The façade was designed to incorporate the colours of the region - dark red, brown, white and ochre - and to reflect the rhythm of the place, which it does with dramatic and pleasing effect. As Frances Tobin stated: 'The Fish Market brings something to the place; it works with the place, it references the place and it adds to the area.' "

The building is a mixed-use facility being home to the Bergen Tourism Office and a fish market/cafe/restaurant.  “This project creates a new place in the city for people; a real urban place where people can meet, eat, drink and do their shopping."