studio LFA designed the twelve-story mid-rise offices as a liner building to protect the integrity and character of the historic Gawler Building.
The building is located in Adelaide’s CBD along North Terrace, across from the State Library and the Gardens of the South Australia Government House. The prosed liner building is designed as an extension of the existing Gawler Building. The design engages a dialog between new and historic architecture in an attempt to establish a new office concept apart from the current market. A harmonious integration of architecture and engineering is achieved in both structural and mechanical systems by the projection of cantilever volumes over the air rights of the existing historic buildings. Zones of varying degrees of privacy from the most public ground level are organized by the volumetric play establish by the building massing and materials.
A building frame that employs a double glazed reflective fenestration system for physical comfort in all climatic conditions encloses the building. Roof and vertical terrace gardens serve to purify air and water collection allowing the building to conserve natural resources.
The historic building enclosure is restored and formes an urban collage both vertically and horizontally with the new glazed liner building. The ground level of the historic building serves as the lobby entry in addition to street level commercial activities at various scales. The tower component is lined and capped by luminaries’ diffusers (LED Lighting) that make the building glow as a backdrop to the park.http://www.studiolfa.com/description,gawl.html