Adelaide's Tallest Building Moves Ahead


Set to become the tallest tower in Adelaide, revised plans for Elenberg Fraser’s Austin Street tower have been formally submitted to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure for approval.

The proposed 'Realm Adelaide' will rise 132 metres and span 40 levels to take out the city’s tallest building honour.

Featuring 320 one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, including two double story penthouses, Realm Adelaide aims to bring the first five-star hotel-like living experience to the city through its exemplary interior design and two levels of planned resident amenity, including rooftop spa and wellness facility.

The tower is planned above the existing Renaissance Arcade, which faces a makeover under the proposal, becoming a fully integrated dining and retail precinct that aims to spark the evolution of the Austin Street area.

It will also revive Assay House, built in 1858, by restoring the façade and potentially adding a thriving double height bar and restaurant, including outdoor rooftop terrace for enjoying a drink on a balmy summer evening.

Elenberg Fraser founder Callum Fraser said Realm Adelaide signalled an architectural evolution in South Australia, which was long admired for the innovation of its built form environment.

“For our first project in Adelaide we feel a great responsibility to create a building that will stand the test of time and herald a new era in local architecture,” he said.

“Realm Adelaide pays tribute to both Adelaide’s past and its future through its form which pinches at the point where the city’s existing skyline finishes, and where its future skyline is emerging.

“Its golden geometric form will stand out on the Adelaide skyline, creating a strong architectural statement in the city.”

Assembling a team of former Adelaide locals now designing some of Australia’s most exciting buildings, Elenberg Fraser has focused on also celebrating the site and city’s past in its design for Realm Adelaide.

Its golden tones are in tribute to Assay House’s past as the location where lucky gold rush prospectors took their gold to be weighed and melted into the Adelaide Pound, which made the city the first British colony to issue its own coins.

Realm Adelaide is being submitted by a private Sydney developer with family links to Adelaide, with sales proposed to commence upon approval.

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