press / 14 Nov 2014

220-apartment tower at Whitmore Sq approved by the Development Assessment Commission


NOVEMBER 14, 2014 12:00AM

MORE than 200 apartments will tower over Whitmore Square under new plans approved by the State Government's Development Assessment Commission.

The $105 million project – on the corner of Wright and Morphett streets – will feature more than 3000 exotic and native plants in a series of hanging gardens across the building's facade.

Known as bohem, the tower will scale 17 storeys and 73 metres, and comprises 220 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses.

Developer Starfish Developments is a joint venture partner in the $100 million Vue project on King William St, which will add 207 apartments and penthouses to the city skyline when completed in 2016.

Starfish managing director Damon Nagel said the tower would transform an unsightly and largely derelict corner into a bohemian precinct in the city.

“Adelaide's West End is a fusion of cultures and styles and this is reflected in bohem's design which brings together various design elements, scaled heights and setbacks, and exterior finishes and materials,” he said.

“The project's proximity to the Central Markets, weekend pop up markets, Gouger St restaurants, hip laneway bars and the green city squares will be key attractions for residents.”

The Woods Bagot and Enzo Caroscio design integrates two buildings above a five-storey podium level with scaled heights from 12 to 17 storeys.

The podium rooftop garden will include a pool, gymnasium, recreation deck and outdoor entertaining and barbecue area, while retail shops will front Morphett and Wright streets at ground level.

A 22 metre vertical garden will be planted on the Wright St facade, while plantings will also be used on the Morphett St side to screen 200 car parks across six levels.

Future residents will be expected to add plantings to their own balconies, and will be offered tips on how to create and maintain their own balcony garden.

The apartments will hit to the market in March, with an expected commencement date by the end of next year.

Around 200 jobs will be created during construction.

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