Adelaide Contemporary

Designed as an open circle, Adelaide Contemporary is a new kind of gallery. One that’s more informal and open to its parkland setting, its city and its role in bringing together art, nature and people. It’s a building in conversation with the people and culture of Adelaide, South Australia – and beyond. 

We took inspiration from what makes Adelaide special to design a place that attracts – and transmits – new ideas. Interconnected gallery spaces pivot around an outdoor performance stage and blur the lines between inside and out. Visitors can see and touch art across the site, whether in the public plaza or sculpture garden, along the art walk or on the terraces and rooftop. 

Since the environment influences how people perceive artwork, we’ve extended the garden deep into the building – connecting a large gallery space and theatre with the land.

We designed the building for sustainability, harnessing what is naturally available to reduce demand on mechanical services, among other initiatives.

Hassell + SOIL was one of just six teams – from a field of more than 100 globally – shortlisted in the international competition to design this iconic new arts destination.

Client

Arts South Australia

Location

Adelaide, Australia

Status

Unbuilt

Year

2018

Scale

15,000sqm

Collaborators

SO – IL

Design team

Ben Duckworth, Ed Mitchell, Mark Loughnan, David Homburg, Mariano DeDuonni, Ann Bainbridge, Anthony Thevenon, Felix Kim, Rory Sheppard, Thomas Graham

Imagery

Hassell + SO – IL

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