Publishers Hotel set for Radical Remake

The clever integration of the established built-form character of a city with complementary new buildings is an exciting part of urban development.  Great cities do this particularly well, with the preserved historic character enhanced by exciting and fresh new development that tells you much about where they have come from and where they are headed.

The redevelopment of Publishers Hotel on Franklin Street, Adelaide, will achieve the right balance of old and new.  It does this by retaining significant portions of the existing red brick facades along the laneways flanking either side of the building.  Non-heritage listed but of substantial character value, the incorporation of these laneway facades celebrates the industrial/warehouse history of the precinct and re-engages pedestrians activating minor city streets.

Despite the building being some 25% over the height limit, early engagement with the Government Architect and careful response to the over-height development guidelines in the Adelaide (City) Development Plan meant that SCAP was comfortable to approve the development.

Comprised of twin, 19-storey towers atop a shared podium, the development includes a new hotel/restaurant and function facilities in the southern tower and apartments in the northern tower.

Great work developers Adelaide 108 and the design team of Hassell, MFY, Colby Phillips and URPS on this significant SCAP approval for Adelaide’s inner city.