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Adelaide’s Most Opulent Apartment

The stunning full-floor penthouse comes with a $10m price tag — and represents the newfound allure of the SA capital.

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Mon, Nov 8, 2021 5:07pmGrey Clock 2 min

Adelaide is fast shirking its ‘small city’ reputation with a luxurious new penthouse set atop the new 37-storey Market Square tower set for the city’s CBD.

The impressive $10 million Skyline penthouse (designed by the internationally renowned Woods Bagot) delivers 935sqm across four bedrooms, three bathrooms and nearly 300sqm of outdoor living space — served with panoramic views of Adelaide’s CBD, Hills and across the beaches and water.

The offering presents a rare opportunity to live in the cultural and historic heart of Adelaide’s vibrant CBD – with further heritage value and appeal attached to the 150-year history of the Central Market location.

While the penthouse takes centre stage in this once-in-a-generation build, the sub-penthouses also step onto this prized podium as two level 36 offerings comprising 3-bedroom and which start from $5.2 million.

Further to the amenities presented by these properties, Market Square itself will deliver exclusive access to a residents’ lobby bar, health and wellbeing zone, library, cinema, outdoor kitchen and private dining room, car wash, EV charging stations, cool room and parcel storage, dog wash as well as an on-site childcare centre.

The elevated appeal of the property aligns to that of Adelaide itself — a city on the ascent with heightened liveability credentials and a priority market that boasts a 19.1 per cent rise in prices in the 12 months to September.

Such rising popularity pushes a fast deadline in regards to securing a piece of one of Market Square, with more than 80 per cent of the 212 apartments – set to occupy levels 16-37 – already sold.

A 251-room hotel will operate across lower levels of the development while an 11,000sqm retail centre and a further 15,000sqm of office space is also allocated.

The Market Square project redevelops a central area that is bordered by Gouger and Grote Streets, the Samuel Way courts complex and Hilton Hotel on one side the historic market – the latter established in 1869 and which still operates and is not part of the new development.

Headed by developers ICD — think Aspire Melbourne and City Tattersalls Sydney, among others — construction will commence in 2022 and is scheduled to complete in three and a half years.


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Wild cities and concrete corridors: How AI is reimagining the landscape

A new AI-driven account by leading landscape architect Jon Hazelwood pushes the boundaries on the role of ‘complex nature’ in the future of our cities

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Wed, Dec 6, 2023 2 min

Drifts of ground cover plants and wildflowers along the steps of the Sydney Opera House, traffic obscured by meadow-like planting and kangaroos pausing on city streets.

This is the way our cities could be, as imagined by landscape architect Jon Hazelwood, principal at multi-disciplinary architectural firm Hassell. He has been exploring the possibilities of rewilding urban spaces using AI for his Instagram account, Naturopolis_ai with visually arresting outcomes.

“It took me a few weeks to get interesting results,” he said. “I really like the ephemeral nature of the images — you will never see it again and none of those plants are real. 

“The AI engine makes an approximation of a grevillea.”

Hazelwood chose some of the most iconic locations in Australia, including the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, as well as international cities such as Paris and London, to demonstrate the impact of untamed green spaces on streetscapes, plazas and public space.

He said he hopes to provoke a conversation about the artificial separation between our cities and the broader environment, exploring ways to break down the barriers and promote biodiversity.

“A lot of the planning (for public spaces) is very limited,” Hazelwood said. “There are 110,000 species of plants in Australia and we probably use about 12 in our (public) planting schemes. 

“Often it’s for practical reasons because they’re tough and drought tolerant — but it’s not the whole story.”

Hazelwood pointed to the work of UK landscape architect Prof Nigel Dunnett, who has championed wild garden design in urban spaces. He has drawn interest in recent years for his work transforming the brutalist apartment block at the Barbican in London into a meadow-like environment with diverse plantings of grasses and perennials.

Hazelwood said it is this kind of ‘complex nature’ that is required for cities to thrive into the future, but it can be hard to convince planners and developers of the benefits.

“We have been doing a lot of work on how we get complex nature because complexity of species drives biodiversity,” he said. 

“But when we try to propose the space the questions are: how are we going to maintain it? Where is the lawn?

“A lot of our work is demonstrating you can get those things and still provide a complex environment.” 

At the moment, Hassell together with the University of Melbourne is trialling options at the Hills Showground Metro Station in Sydney, where the remaining ground level planting has been replaced with more than 100 different species of plants and flowers to encourage diversity without the need for regular maintenance. But more needs to be done, Hazelwood said.

“It needs bottom-up change,” he said. ““There is work being done at government level around nature positive cities, but equally there needs to be changes in the range of plants that nurseries grow, and in the way our city landscapes are maintained and managed.”

And there’s no AI option for that. 


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