GHD Woodhead have designed this significant landmark mixed use development for the site of the former Newmarket Hotel. The land is 'town acre No1' and widely accepted as the location of the first peg in the ground in setting out the city of Adelaide at the time of the foundation of the state. Construction is anticipated to commence February 2017.
One North Terrace will comprise of 401 apartments spread over two 23-level towers. The project will be developed by Adelaide-based LGB Australia.
The state and federal governments have invested heavily in the West End over the last 5 years and the bio-medical precinct is rapidly growing skywards on North Terrace. In the same time period UniSA has transformed western Hindley Street into a thriving metropolitan university campus that stimulates urban vibrancy. This huge private sector investment will become the catalyst to start to knit together the urban fabric across North Terrace, connecting UniSA and the Biomedical precinct. The ground floor high quality fresh flower and fruit market development will become the heart for the neighbourhood and the landmark heritage building will be brought back to its former glory as a gourmet pub marking the entrance to the city.
The residential towers have been conceived as book ends for the rapidly developing taller built context of North Terrace and West Terrace. These towers respond to the city grid established by Colonel Light when he put the first peg in the dirt right here on this site at No 1 Adelaide. They frame the edges of growing city.
The residential accommodation has been conceived from a people-first perspective. There is a highly sophisticated triple skin façade system for individual resident environmental control of the thermal and daylight characteristics of each individual apartment. The external louvres are designed responsive to the solar conditions of each orientation and are fully individual controlled. The innovative apartments also include winter gardens which can be either fully open into the apartment as part of the living space, open to outside like traditional balconies or even fully open right through and of course each and any of the three layers by be controlled by each resident. The residents similarly have full control of their thermal environment with individual air conditioning which leads to a much more sustainable and affordable home to suit the requirements of each individual resident.
The result is a highly sophisticated kinetic façade with a triple skin that will adapt and change throughout the day and from season to season. This results in a highly responsive democratic architecture which shimmers with movement and glows at night.
The podium level of the development includes medical consulting room facilities over the public fresh produce market with its variety of high spaces flooded with light. There is a new four meter wide five storey laneway around the heritage hotel that exposes some of the rich textures of the old building to public view for the first time in over a century. This will be New Market Lane in homage to the past life of the pub and the history of the neighbourhood. Internally the stained glass lantern will be fully restored and the fantastic spiral staircase will be brought back into full use as part of the reimagining of the building as a high quality food and wine destination that becomes the focus for the vitality generated from the development as whole.
There are a large number of private residential shared amenities including a large swimming pool deck with sea view, gymnasium and over 320 bike spaces. The residents can also benefit from the large variety of food and beverage offerings being provided in the new fresh flower and fruit market or in the restored heritage pub, all of which extend the public realm around the corner of North Terrace and West Terrace and through the open heart of the new development. These public amenities will help provide respite for the workers of the biomedical precinct who may want to escape for a brief break from time to time to a less clinical environment.