223 North Terrace, Adelaide
Priceless views, priceless design - 90 percent of the apartments sold off the-plan in the first stage release
In the late 1960's a hotel tower with car parking occupying the first six levels was designed for 223 North Terrace; a prime location on Adelaide’s signature boulevard in its premier cultural and education precinct. The six-storey car parking building went ahead but the hotel was never built.
Three decades later, Tectvs was asked to design an apartment development to be constructed in dramatic fashion on top of the car parking building, doubling its height and scale to create a landmark address. It would feature a mix of top-end and mainstream apartments with unrivalled views over the CBD and parklands to the coast and the Adelaide Hills, and with immediate access to the city’s retail and cultural heart.
Tectvs took a modernist, almost industrial, approach to the design of the primary building forms to reflect the surrounding sea of raw rooftops, plant rooms and maintenance infrastructure hidden from the lower levels of the city. In its execution the focus was to provide sweeping, uninterrupted views for occupants while achieving a harmonious relationship between the edgy newcomer and its historic North Terrace neighbours, including the State Library, South Australian Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia and 130-year-old University of Adelaide.
The innovative design outcome was a residential complex of 107 apartments in two towers, with leisure facilities – including gym, lap pool, spa and sauna – located on the residential common area at the foot of the buildings. Its appeal to the marketplace was immediate: 90 percent of the apartments sold off-the-plan in the first stage release in 2003.
Overall, 223 North Terrace was a first in both architectural design and ambition for Adelaide.