The three-storey Hayborough Building has been a presence on Rundle Street since the 1880s. Butting up against the The Austral Hotel to the east and the Malcolm Reid Building to the west, it has provided a home for a kaleidoscope of traders and merchandise in its basement and ground-floor tenancies across three centuries; today, typically, in the form of specialist shops and cafés. Over the same time, various retail design and shopfront fashions had come and gone to the extent the street-level character became disconnected from the well-mannered Renaissance-style facade rising two storeys above. Compounding this, behind the facade were two dilapidated floors; long unoccupied and in danger of collapse. The Heritage-listed building needed to firstly be stabilised and secondly reinvigorated aesthetically and commercially.
Heritage considerations and constraints, both legal and physical, provided Tectvs with fertile ground for time-consuming debate and negotiation on the way to developing a design solution. The building had to be upgraded to comply with earthquake standards while maintaining the integrity of the original structural elements. Canopies and street-level treatments were refurbished and where agreement could be reached on historic significance, realigned with the origins of the building. The redevelopment of the second and third storeys had a similar sub-text.
Tectvs designed adaptive and flexible office spaces which were inserted into their sensitive context; services were exposed and suspended within the spaces. It also shifted the address for the new office floors from a small doorway on Rundle Street to a new exposed steel and glass entrance off Bent Street on the south side of the building. Detailing and materials reflected the industrial character of the inner urban back yard.
The Tectvs solution revitalised the Hayborough Building as a commercial address and reconnected it with the street.