The brief for the food market was to provide a market place which stimulated and generates an atmosphere appropriate to the needs of the market and all who use it; a source of natural pageantry of people, goods and spaces. A place where things are made, touched and smelled, and containing a variety of activities and shops interrelating with indoor and outdoor spaces in which people sit, relax, watch and enjoy the activities of others.
Transition between spaces is monitored by scale, colour, and pattern so that entrances are obvious and pedestrian patterns are subtly orchestrated. The market buildings which contain a variety of retail and commercial functions focus on the Market Square, which is used by the public for relaxation and interaction and for performances. This is a semi-protected multi-functional space of a type atypical of Melbourne.