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ADELAIDE | Currie St. Proposal | 123m | 31 fl | Pro
$100m `sculpture' for our skyline
April 15, 2007 12:15pm
Article from: Sunday Mail (SA)
ADELAIDE'S skyline has never seen anything like it – a radical new design that could replace Santos House as South Australia's iconic building.
The designers believe the $100 million futuristic office tower proposed for Currie St would put Adelaide on the international architectural stage.
Towering 123m (31 storeys) and spanning 40m across, the all-glass building would be one of Adelaide's biggest office developments.
Planned for the heart of the CBD, between Peel St and Gilbert Pl, it would feature 31,000 sq m of premium office space for up to 3000 workers.
Workers would travel to their offices in glass elevators visible from the outside and be able to swim in a 25m lap pool and enjoy a workout in a gymnasium. There would be 180 parking spaces and a ground-floor public cafe.
The southern side facing on to Currie St would feature a striking cantilevered facade that architects say would define the building's identity.
The existing Arturo Taverna building at 20-22 Currie St would be demolished. But the building would not surpass the 137m Santos House as the state's tallest building because of airspace height restrictions.
The project, designed by South Australian architects Tectvs, has been lodged with Adelaide City Council's planning department and will be referred to the Civil Aviation Authority for comment.
Public consultation is expected to start by the end of the month.
The proposal could be before the council's development assessment panel as early as July for approval.
Tectvs director Tony Giannone said his company and the property owner did not want another "stereotyped box" for the city.
"We wanted something a bit more sculptural, something that is of an international standard, a building that you can identify with the city more than what's been happening around town at the moment," said Mr Giannone, whose firm designed Air Apartments on Greenhill Rd.
"It's probably fair to say that a lot of buildings happening at the moment are a bit bland and don't contribute something to the city skyline. This will give back some dynamism and because it is across from Santos, it will complement the skyline. The other thing is this is being done locally – it is SA designed, we have got a South Australian who owns the land, who is confident in the state."
The land is owned by Lilly Nominees Pty Ltd, whose sole director is Derek John Blacker, of Torrens Park.
Mr Giannone said construction would only start once a key tenant was confirmed for the building.
He anticipated construction would take between two and three years.
Confidence in Adelaide's office market was underlined last year with a record $500 million worth of development applications lodged with Adelaide City Council.
The latest major application, announced on Friday, is for two buildings in Pirie St totalling almost 30,000sq m of office space.
The Australia Guide