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Old April 15th, 2007, 05:31 AM   #1
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ADELAIDE | Currie St. Proposal | 123m | 31 fl | Cancelled

$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.
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Old April 15th, 2007, 05:33 AM   #2
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WOW! very interesting (in a good way)!
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Old April 15th, 2007, 09:31 AM   #3
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It's not tall but looks futuristic
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Old April 15th, 2007, 09:37 AM   #4
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The design is absolutely fantastic.

It is certainly what Adelaide needs, a beautiful landmark building.
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Old April 15th, 2007, 09:53 AM   #5
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About time! Very interesting design. Hopefully the city of churches will turn into a city of skyscrapers.
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Old April 15th, 2007, 10:17 AM   #6
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not tall but a fantastic design and color, build it!
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Old April 15th, 2007, 10:26 AM   #7
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Its pretty tall by Adelaide standards

Adelaide can't build tall developments, as the airport is very close to the CBD.
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Old April 15th, 2007, 02:06 PM   #8
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I like the design, pretty interesting
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Old April 15th, 2007, 09:22 PM   #9
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Not very tall but It will sure make an impact in Adelaide's skyline!
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Old April 15th, 2007, 09:36 PM   #10
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I like it!
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Old April 15th, 2007, 10:08 PM   #11
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I like the design of the building. Impressive!
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Old April 15th, 2007, 11:44 PM   #12
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bit wierd of a design, looks goodish in render, but may look horrid in real life. nonetheless it is an impressive and bold building
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Old April 16th, 2007, 06:19 AM   #13
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wow!! so weird...

maybe it'll look cool when completed
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Old April 16th, 2007, 06:37 AM   #14
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Gorgeous. I hope it looks more like the first rendering; a glass and steel tower, rather than using materials to make it more of a white tower. Though I don't hate the white on buildings like 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta, so I guess we'll see. I'd really like to see how this building looks when completed.
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Old April 16th, 2007, 03:20 PM   #15
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Here is a scan from our local paper. Sorry it's not the best quality, hard to scan a good newspaper render. This building will have 31,000 square metres of office space. The Department of Transport Energy and Infrastructure is looking for a 27,000 - 30,000 square metre building. Would be great if they chose this one and not one of the box proposals we have around at the moment. Glass lifts visible from the outside (sounds like they will be on the northern elevation, not shown on these renders), love the sound of that. This one has to get past the Airport Authority and the Council first as well. Wish it good luck everyone.

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Old May 5th, 2007, 06:56 PM   #16
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Wonderful!!!
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Old May 6th, 2007, 11:17 PM   #17
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It was about time that Adelaide builds more skyscrapers. If it wasn't for the damn height restrictions due to the airport they would probably already have a nice skyline.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 10:25 AM   #18
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nt tall enough for my liking, but the design makes up for that! Fantastic
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Old June 7th, 2007, 11:03 AM   #19
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well the Adelaide NIMBYs who control the city council will kill this like they kill everything, Its too radical for the old fuddys there to comprehend.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 01:06 PM   #20
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Just been approved by the DAP.
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