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Adjacent to the 1840s Queen's Theatre on an underutilised site in Adelaide’s CBD, UNO is 150 '6 Star' apartments for Housing SA. This 'vertical village' includes private dwellings above 30 Youth Services apartments inter-dispersed with Public Housing Units, making it a brave yet highly successful integrated housing model. At the time of its release, it was the fastest selling building in Adelaide. Innovative acoustic and earthquake design are used to deal with it’s heritage neighbour.

The composition stems from international maritime flag signals. The flag for the letter L, when used in isolation, indicates ‘you shouldstop, I have something important to communicate’. The tectonic massing of the building relating to Youth Services emulates this signal – serving as a subtle reminder of the importance of this facility and environmental sustainability.  

With Greenway Architects

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  • UDIA National Awards for Excellence, 2013 High Density Award Winner
  • UDIA South Australia, 2012 High Density Award – Winner
  • UDIA South Australia, 2012 Presidents Award


Architects: Bird de la Coeur Architects and Greenway Architects
Client: DFC/Housing SA
Builders: Tagara Builders

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