Paul Pruszinski from Pruszinski Architects gave us the scoop on a pretty special development at 123 Flinders Street, to be submitted this Monday.
Details are 22 levels , approx 78m in height, mixed use comprising of retail then carparking, then office then some very unique apartments. The site is currently the little brick telstra exchange (to be demolished) and the adjoining open lot carpark.
Here are the renders... pretty radical for Adelaide I must say.
However, when presented with such proposals I always get very pessimistic, as I can foresee the ACC coming out and saying it is too tall; it doesn't fit in with the 'majestic pyrammid' skyline; it doesn't have enough masonry; it doesn't blend it....
Wow, that's definitely out there. Not your typical Adelaide building.
I think it's great for the area, there's not much heritage buildings in the area (except the former church on the opposite corner) — so it would do a great job of making a fairly drab area of the city far more interesting.
And props to the client (whoever they are). It's refreshing to see someone wanting an exciting building rather than a 'maximise-floorspace-for-as-little-money-as-possible' that is the usual order of the day.
Last edited by Nathan on Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:26 pm, edited 1 time in total.
i nearly spat my coffee out at my laptop when i saw that
when i looked at the title i was expecting to see a plain old glass/concrete box. So this would certainly be a good change from all the other ordinary crap that keeps getting constructed in this city.
But we all know by now what happens to decent proposals in this city: approved by state government, council whinges, developers ultimately dumb it down, scale it back, cut the height in half, construct the 1st stage carpark and the rest is forgotten about. Lets hope it doesnt happen again with this proposal.
It's interesting that they are looking to put the car parking above ground. Something we saw back with with Conservatory on Hindmarsh.
At least this means that the development will have to go ahead as a single stage, and not carpark first. I have to wonder though is it really that expensive to put the carpark underground? Or is it something else that is causing this new trend?
It appears that there will be 5 levels of parking, which seems like a waste of prime office space plus never really looks as good due to the ventilation requirements.