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Adelaide’s first high rise ‘green’ apartment & office building

One of the most ambitious environmentally sustainable high-rise residential office and apartment buildings, aiming to achieve up to a 95 per cent reduction in common energy consumption, will be built on the former RAA site on Hindmarsh Square.

The $70 million 19 Level development includes office accomdation and only 53 exclusive apartments (starting at Level 10) including two penthouses. Conservatory was declared a Major Project by the State Government in 2003 due to its capacity to deliver a significant environmentally sustainable high-rise residential building in the Adelaide city core.

Hines Property Director, James Hines said Conservatory will establish new benchmarks for environmentally sustainable high rise apartment living in South Australia upon which future South Australian and Australian buildings will be judged.

"Conservatory has been designed for Adelaide's specific seasonal and environmental conditions and targets a 50 per cent reduction in energy use by apartments and a 95 per cent reduction for all common areas, traditionally an area of greatest consumption in apartment buildings.

"Additionally, the building is designed to reach a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, 51 per cent reduction in water usage, 40 per cent reduction in waste to landfill.

"On top of all this, with its Hindmarsh Square frontage, Conservatory will be one of the tallest apartments buildings in Adelaide with apartments starting at level 10 and reaching to 18 levels.

"To match this the apartment designs are intelligently simple, large and luxurious. Conservatory will be both a landmark building, and a benchmark for residential living in Adelaide and Australia" Mr Hines Said.

Bovis Lend Lease Sustainability Consultant, Graham Carter said "Not unlike Bovis Lend Lease's own 30 The Bond office building in Sydney, Conservatory will become a leader in sustainable high-rise residential apartments. It was difficult to find benchmarks for the design as there was nothing, in Adelaide, to compare it to and no agreed set of standards to rate it against.

"Conservatory is the first high-rise residential and office building of its kind in Australia, and possibly the world.

"The façade design has targeted a 5 Star NatHERS rating, and overall the building will target a 44 per cent reduction in the Eco Footprint, which assesses residential dwellings against their impact on the environment," Mr Carter said.

The building has been designed by Adelaide-based Pruszinski architects and has used a number of proven technologies focused on South Australian conditions. Conservatory incorporates leading-edge design features such as onsite electricity generation through solar panels and a low emission micro-turbine – heat created by this process is used to heat the residential hot water and the swimming pool

Other features include high efficiency lighting, lift systems and air-conditioning as well as large onsite rainwater tanks that collect and reuse an estimated 1.5 Olympic size swimming pools worth of water each year.

The apartments will incorporate the very latest environmentally sustainable design features such as renewable building materials, low emission wood, paint and carpet.

The apartments feature extensive double glazing, allow cross ventilation, abundent natural light, and a simple to use three stream recycling system. In addition the apartments will contain high end water and energy efficient Miele appliances saving residents in excess of 1,200 kWh of electricity per year.

The lifestyle benefits for residents include an indoor heated pool, spa and steam room, fully-equipped gymnasium in addition to a private and secure resident's entrance off Hindmarsh Square, two exclusive use elevators, storage units and secure parking.

Apartments in the Conservatory, which will launch to the public on July 22, range from 81 square metres to 381 square metres with one, two and three bedroom apartments ranging from $365,000 - $1.5 million. The two penthouses are priced in excess of $2million and include huge private roof top gardens.