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Architecture: Ladder Port Adelaide

May 4, 2011

Greenway Architects transform a heritage building in Port Adelaide into social housing for the Ladder project.

The Ladder project at Port Adelaide involves the total refurbishment of a derelict state heritage listed building to accommodate a mix of uses including residential accommodation for young people in the Ladder program, as well as associated administrative and multi-purpose areas and a number of commercial tenancies. The existing building is located on a prominent and important corner in Port Adelaide, on Commercial Road and St Vincent Street known as Black Diamond corner. The insertion of the new spaces into the existing envelope without making major changes has been a challenge but we believe the result will set another benchmark for social housing in a refurbishment context.

The design is modern and sophisticated in contrast to the original old building, part of which dates back to 1851 when it was constructed as a theatre. The new entry provides a strong focus and statement without detracting from the beauty of the original building. It is highly transparent but has been carefully designed and detailed to ensure good environmental performance. The project has focused on achieving a high level of sustainability with all materials and finishes selections based on their environmental performance.

*Team* Architects: Peter Tynan, Jon Lowe, Designer: Samantha Hay

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