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Alta Apartments


Adelaide CBD

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Alta Apartments


Adelaide CBD

Come for the View, Stay for the Design


Alta Apartments 

View (2010) 

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Australian Institute of Architects - Architecture Award Residential - Multiple housing (2013)

 

New city residential developments often take their design references from their neighbours or the streetscape. The strict grid that defines Adelaide and the uniformity of its low-rise forms beyond the city centre shape most design responses. Precious exceptions occur when the landscape is a collaborator not a constraint. South Terrace gave Tectvs the design clues for a distinctive apartment building.

  The Southern Boundary of the Parklands provide views that informed the design

The Southern Boundary of the Parklands provide views that informed the design

As the southern boundary of the original Adelaide city plan, South Terrace is a historic presence defined by its large old street trees and enduring and exclusive views of the southern parklands. Trees, foliage, the seasons and light provide a continuum of change and movement for South Terrace dwellings and dwellers. Tectvs designed six-storey Alta as an embroidered reflection of its setting on the edge of a natural landscape.


A band of natural finish copper perforated by irregular openings of white translucent glass simulates the interplay between light, air and leaves


Interiors are spacious, bright and feature piercing views of the Southern Parklands framed to collaborate with the individual dwellings. The structure is contained in a band of natural finish copper punctured by irregular openings of white translucent glass, simulating the interplay between light and air and leaves. A sculptural laser-cut metal screen provides a similar texture at ground level and the parklands presence is capped with a roof garden.

Alta apartments provide a refined luxury that contributes to the city from both street-level and balcony level. 

  Light-filled, volumous internal spaces parade a sense of refined luxury

Light-filled, volumous internal spaces parade a sense of refined luxury

  The ground level feature hallway welcomes visitors to a new standard of city living 

The ground level feature hallway welcomes visitors to a new standard of city living 

  Excellent views of the parklands are present at every level

Excellent views of the parklands are present at every level

  Alta apartments introduce a new standard of design to South Terrace 

Alta apartments introduce a new standard of design to South Terrace