The jewel like bandstand, or ‘rotunda’ using local colloquialism, located in Adelaide’s Elder Park, is much loved by Adelaideans past and present. Manufactured by the famous Scottish architectural iron founders, Walter MacFarlane & Company Ltd, it is one of the finest specimens of their work and the oldest example in South Australia of what in 1881 was a new building type. Donated by Sir Thomas Elder, one of South Australia’s great philanthropists and a lover of music, it was a symbol of the blossoming of culture on the fringe of the civilised world.
Following the proven ICOMOS Burra Charter process of research and understanding informing the necessary work, a series of problems contributing to the deterioration of the structure have been addressed and a new colour scheme introduced. With its new painted and gilded livery reinforcing its innate elegance, the diminutive but culturally significant Rotunda remains the focus of Elder Park and more than holds its own in the wider evolving context of the Torrens Riverbank.
- Adelaide, SA
- David Russell Photography
- Australian Civic Trust Colonel William Light Award for Excellence in Design, 2015
- People’s Choice Urban Award, 2015
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UniSA Health Innovation Building
/ North Terrace, Adelaide
Working in association with Sydney-based architectural firm BVN, Swanbury Penglase is currently hard at work completing detailed documentation for the University of South Australia’s new 14 storey Health Innovation Building (HIB) on North Terrace.
Located alongside the Morphett Street Bridge and adjacent the New Royal Adelaide Hospital, the SAHMRI building and Adelaide University’s (under-construction) Medical and Nursing School, HIB is a high-profile landmark and an integral part of the new South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct. Our landscape architecture team is also currently working in collaboration with the Adelaide University design team to develop a new suspended landscaped ‘urban park’ between both buildings.
The building will house the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) which will link the UniSA community with up to 250 of Australia’s top cancer and health researchers in addition to other innovative, multidisciplinary research laboratories. At the lower levels it will feature Adelaide’s first Science Creativity Education Studio (SciCeD) intended to inspire a new generation of science aware community.
Site works have commenced, with the project planned to open to the public in early 2018.
- Architecture, Interior, Landscape
- Education, Health
- North Terrace, Adelaide
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The Margaret Ames Centre – Immanuel College
/ Novar Gardens, SA
Maintaining their position at the forefront of developments in education paradigms, responding to the needs of the global village in a technology driven society and preparing senior students for potential tertiary educational environments were Immanuel College’s major drivers for the design of the Margaret Ames Centre.
The plan form for the new building successfully expands upon and integrates with the existing senior school spaces allowing the project to meet the growing spatial and educational needs of the College. Designed over two levels, the main entrance and administration areas address the main oval and present a dynamic and bold public face. This positioning allows greater connections with new multi-levelled pedestrian links to adjacent buildings.
The new building embraces a modern innovative teaching philosophy which is research-driven, active and student centred. Learning spaces are both formal and informal, promoting creativity and flexibility, and allowing for multiple purposes concurrently so that students may undertake a range of activities as individuals or groups.
The complex and fluid shapes of the building forms, including the sculpturally shaped atriums create dynamic and light-filled breakout spaces, which combined with the integration of the latest digital technology contribute to uplift this building as an inspirational educational facility.
- Architecture, Interior, Landscape
- Novar Gardens, SA
- Sam Noonan
- AIA Award for Educational Architecture, 2015
- AIA Award for Interior Architecture, 2015
- CEFPI Commendation: Category 3: Renovation / Modernisation over $2 Million, 2015