Adaptive reuse

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"The beautiful thing about working with existing buildings is the instant soul that you don’t get with new builds."

Tony Zappia, Studio Nine Architects (see former Providence Strict Baptist Chapel project)

Reusing heritage listed places for new functions has many sustainable, cultural, economic and place-making advantages.

A heritage adaptive reuse project gives new life to sites by retaining, rethinking and reworking a place. It adds another layer to the building's history and respects its significance without erasing its past.

We hope heritage property owners and professionals alike will be inspired looking through some of the successful projects undertaken in the City of Adelaide.

Darling Building, Franklin Street, Adelaide

This ‘Classical Palazzo’ style four-storey building was designed by the notable architect, EH McMichael in 1916 for John Darling and Son, wheat merchant and flour milling company.

Left idle since 1997, it was in a dilapidated state; home to squatters & vermin, pigeon infestation, leaks in the roof slab and subsequent flooding, sagging floors, and years of dust and grime.

The recent adaptation has bought back to life an office building which many deemed unfit for use.

Discover more about this project from part owner and architect David Burton.

Former Adelaide Brewery, Wyatt Street, Adelaide

The Adelaide Brewery was established by James Walsh and operated on this site between 1845-1902.

After being utilised as a car workshop and parking lot for a period, the extant 1870s brewery buildings along Wyatt Street have now been adapted for use as offices for the engineering firm Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec.

Learn more about this long-term visionary project from part owner Geoff Wallbridge and architect Elizabeth Little.

Former Providence Strict Baptist Chapel, Finniss Street, North Adelaide

The former Providence Strict Baptist Chapel was constructed in 1913 as a place of worship for the local and surrounding community.

As metropolitan suburbs developed and the city’s population declined, the congregation numbers also suffered.

The chapel was sold in 2016 and has been adapted into a private residence.

Get an insight into this project from owner/builders Tony and Rosetta Siciliano and architect Tony Zappia.

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