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12 May 2018
Adelaide Contemporary Designs by Shortlisted Architects

Adelaide Contemporary design by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group & JPE Design Studio
image courtesy of architects

Adelaide Contemporary design proposals unveiled as six star teams compete for the chance to design a new South Australia landmark:

Adelaide Contemporary Designs

24 Jan 2018
Adelaide Contemporary shortlisted architects welcomed and competition jury announced

The six star design teams vying to win the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition were welcomed to Adelaide with an Aboriginal welcome by Kaurna Elder, Frank Wanganeen, earlier this week. Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia and Minister for the Arts, addressed them as they prepared for a site visit and briefing.

Adelaide Contemporary International Architecture Contest Shortlist News

27 Dec 2017
d’Arenberg Cube

There are grander and more expensive cellar doors in the world, but for sheer originality and invention South Australia’s newly-opened d’Arenberg Cube is unrivalled.

d’Arenberg Cube building Adelaide
photo courtesy of Creative Commons story from The Lead South Australia

For leading Australian winemaker Chester Osborn, pictured below, it’s the realisation of a 14-year dream, but for the McLaren Vale wine region 40km south of the South Australian capital of Adelaide, the Cube could bring tens if not hundreds of thousands more wine tourists to visit one of the world’s most unusual and dramatic cellar doors.

d’Arenberg Cube Adelaide building
photo courtesy of Creative Commons story from The Lead South Australia

The five storey AUD$15 million glass-encased steel and concrete structure was inspired by Rubik’s Cube – an architectural puzzle four modules wide, four high – seeming to float above the entrance ground floor, and four deep. The architectural twist at the d’Arenberg Cube is that the two top floors are askew, rotated on their axis, just as if you’d twisted your Rubik’s Cube – which both architects and builders agree have made it the most difficult project on which they’ve ever worked.

As visitors approach the entrance there’s a haunting background sound, created by a local DJ but the instrument making it is a weather station. As the weather changes each of eight parameters (temperature, humidity and so on) talk to a unique musical playback system along a range of keys, tones and volume.

d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale

3 Nov 2017
Realm Apartments, Austin Street, CBD
Design: Elenberg Fraser Architects
Realm Apartments in Adelaide
image : Pointilism Architectural Visualisation

Realm Apartments
This 40 storey tower, 132 m high, will become the tallest residential building in the city. The geometric arrangement of perforated gold screens across the east and west façades provide solar and wind protection for the apartments, and balcony activation behind.

30 Oct 2017
Urban Wetland in heart of Adelaide wins national Sustainability Award
Adelaide Botanic Gardens Wetland
photo : John Gollings
Adelaide Botanic Gardens Wetland
TCL’s Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens Wetland has won the 2017 Sustainability Award for Landscape and Urban Design. Located in the south-east corner of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens (ABG), the Wetland is a highly urbanised waterway near the centre of Adelaide.

19 Sep 2017
Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition
Adelaide architecture aerial view
photo ©
Adelaide Contemporary International Architecture Contest News
The Government of South Australia is commissioning an international search for a world-class team to design the much-anticipated Adelaide Contemporary – a second site for the acclaimed Art Gallery of South Australia.

Flinders University Redevelopment – Plaza and Student Hub
Design: Mott MacDonald
Flinders University
image from architects

Flinders University Building in Adelaide – 18 Mar 2016
The new Plaza and Student Hub brings together student associations and clubs, a retail precinct, food and beverage outlets and 24-hour study and relaxation areas.

SKYCITY Entertainment Complex Building
Design: The Buchan Group
Skycity Building
image from architects

SKYCITY Building Adelaide – 9 Feb 2016
Planning Approval of the $300m expansion of SKYCITY Adelaide was recently granted. It will feature a luxury hotel, premium gaming spaces and additional signature restaurant options.

SAHMRI Building Adelaide – 21 Oct 2013
Design: Woods Bagot

Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition – 16 Sep 2013
Design: Esan Rahmani / littleBIGdesignlab
Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition
image from architects

Due to the relocation of the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital the South Australian government called for an international competition to take a fresh look at how the existing hospital site could be used. This scheme envisions a cultural hub for the city of Adelaide (Australia) by proposing a museum of contemporary art and other culturally significant buildings which is integrated into one landscape that also acts as the new gateway to the city’s Botanical Gardens.

RAH Design Competition in Adelaide
RAH Design Competition Adelaide – 29 Aug + 18 Jul 2013
The international design competition seeking innovative solutions for the current RAH site is now open for entries from registered architects and landscape architects. Marking the beginning of the International Open Ideas Design Competition, Planning Minister John Rau also announced the former National President of the Australian Institute of Architects and an editor of an international architect publication will form part of an independent expert judging panel.

Tower 8
Design: Woods Bagot, architects
Tower 8 Adelaide
building image from Woods Bagot, architects

Tower 8 Adelaide
The fundamental design philosophy of the architects has ensured that each façade responds to both its social and environmental context. Protruding transparent ‘pods’ on the Southern side enliven Franklin Street, and contribute to the site’s cultural activation: providing workers with enviable cityscape views, whilst allowing pedestrians to see the animated innerworkings of the commercial tower.

Adelaide Architecture

Major Buildings in Adelaide, alphabetical:

Adelaide Oval – Western Grandstand
Adelaide Oval Grandstand
image from architects

Adelaide Oval Grandstand

Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct
Adelaide Zoo Precinct
photo : Peter Bennetts

Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct

Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda Forest
Adelaide Giant Panda Forest
photo : Ben Wrigley

Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda Forest

20-22 Currie Street, CBD
Design: Tectvs Architects
123m high, 31 floors
Office tower
Location: Central Business District

Santos House

137m high

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Australian Architecture

Australian Architecture Designs – chronological list

Australian Architects

Australian Architecture

New South Australia Architecture, close to Adelaide:

Port Pirie Community Library Building
Design: Kirkbride Boyce Architects
Port Pirie Library
building photo from architect

Port Pirie Library Building

Melbourne Projects

Robin Boyd House II, South Yarra
Design: Robin Boyd, architect
Modernist house

Australian Houses

Glen Murcutt

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