press / 14 Nov 2014

Bohemians' rhapsody for new building


14 November 2014

A $105 million residential apartment development that will overlook Whitmore Square and create an estimated 200 jobs during construction has been given the thumbs up by the Development Assessment Commission. Most probably they were green thumbs.

bohem - a name that reflects the bohemian style of the West End in which it is located - will transform the unsightly and largely derelict prime Wright and Morphett street corner site into an apartment building that will feature a 22 metre vertical garden to surround its entrance.

The complex will incorporate 220 one, two and three bedroom apartments, a podium level rooftop garden, pool, gymnasium, recreation deck and outdoor entertaining and barbecue area.

The DAC approval follows the project receiving pre-lodgement approval from both Renewal SA and the South Australian state government architect.

More than 3000 exotic and native plants will be used to create hanging gardens and it is expected residents will add to the building's lush exterior by adding plantings to their own private balconies.

Designed by Woods Bagot, the greening of bohem's exterior forms part of an overarching design concept focused on bringing together several eye catching elements.

Damon Nagel, managing director of development company Starfish Developments, said bohem provided an opportunity to create a unique and distinctive building that would suit its location.

“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 design takes full advantage of its location with future residents to enjoy sweeping views from all directions with a choice of apartments to be offered facing the city, Adelaide Hills and the metropolitan coastline to the west.”

The design integrates two buildings above the five storey podium level with scaled heights from 12 to 17 storeys.

Starfish currently has $370 million worth of projects in varying stages of planning and construction, both in South Australia and Western Australia. The current Vue on King William project is a joint venture between the company and Asian Pacific Group.

bohem will go to the market in March next year.

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