ASPECT Studios has delivered a new, vibrant and attractive public realm for the Hart’s Mill Surrounds in Port Adelaide. Located adjacent to the wharf and with the backdrop of one of Adelaide’s most iconic heritage listed industrial buildings, the new space includes extensive new grassed recreation areas with trees, picnic and BBQ areas as well as multifunctional spaces for events and markets.
An innovative new play space themed around the site’s flour milling history is a key feature of the site. Its design draws on references of the numerous port trade activities in the wharf precinct and has been developed as a play facility aimed to have a regional level of attraction. The existing rail line has been retained and celebrated in its original state to maintain a reference to the past and the port’s important role as an export hub. The rail line is flanked by raised green platforms designed as vessels containing new park spaces within what is a highly modified and contaminated site.
The project has been delivered as a premier destination within a suite of ‘early win’ interventions that have been rolled out around the port with the aim of increasing visitation and providing greater access and amenity to the waterfront.
Concept Design, Tender Documentation, Construction Administration
Port Adelaide, SA, Australia
ASPECT Studios, Mulloway Studio, LUCID Consulting, SMEC Australia, HydroPlan
2016 AILA National Awards – Award of Excellence for Cultural Heritage
2016 Australian Civic Trust – Heritage Category; People’s Choice Award
2016 Australian Civic Trust – Heritage Category; Award of Merit
2015 Australia Award for Urban Design – Delivered Small Projects (with Mulloway Studio)
2015 AILA SA Awards – Excellence in Design
2015 AIA SA Architecture Awards – Urban Design (with Mulloway Studio)
2015 AIA SA Architecture Awards – The David Saunders Award for Heritage (with Mulloway Studio)
2015 Good Design Award – Architectural Design; Urban Design and Public Spaces
2015 Parks and Leisure Australia (SA/NT) – Award of Excellence in Major Playspace (+0.5mil)
2014 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards Highly Commended Award
Photography: Don Brice