Sitting snugly in the CBD like the house you would often see in fairytales and films (Stuart Little comes to mind), Faraway House is a quaint little office building located between two larger buildings on Franklin street in the Adelaide CBD. Whilst the existing structure held no significant architectural heritage, the site itself tells a story of three different centuries on its modest CBD footprint. Developer Burke Urban established a three-stage program to keep and revitalise the long-lived but unheralded Franklin Street fixture as 21st-century office space.
Tectvs designed a new interior forseeing a third storey to Faraway House to continue the recycling of a building that began as a store in the 1880s and became a commercial office in the 1950s. The design opened up a narrow, introverted interior into open and transparent office space with the optical illusion of expanded width. The redevelopment also upgraded services and addressed building safety requirements.
Faraway House occupies a unique site within the city, it is like no other building near its location. It's unique size promotes artistic intervention, and almost single handedly creates the social conditions for the activation of laneways either side. Faraway House is subtle eccentricity. Despite the buildings iconic scaling, the building unfortunately does not yet hold heritage status.