List of tallest buildings in Adelaide

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Adelaide's tallest building, Westpac House

This list of tallest buildings in Adelaide ranks the tallest buildings in Adelaide, South Australia by height. The tallest building in Adelaide is currently the 31–story Westpac House, which rises 132 metres (433 ft) and was completed in 1988, as of October 2013 it is Australia's 115th tallest building. There are numerous projects either underway or planned in Adelaide, if constructed, Frome Central Tower 1 (11-27 Frome Street) would reach 134 metres (440 ft), therefore becoming the city's tallest building. The tallest approved building in Adelaide is the Sofitel Hotel (104-108 Currie Street), which will be 115 metres (377 ft), it is planned to become the city's second tallest building upon completion. Height restrictions–enforced since the 1990s–have limited the amount of skyscrapers constructed in the city although they have been eased in recent times.[1]

Tallest completed buildings[edit]

This is a list of the tallest completed buildings in Adelaide. Heights are measured to the structural height, which includes architectural elements, but not communications spires or antennas. The buildings included are the 50 tallest in Adelaide.

Conservatory on Hindmarsh on the corner of Grenfell Street and Hindmarsh Square in the Adelaide city centre.
Looking south towards the Adelaide CBD.

Heights are listed to the roof of the building only.

Rank Name / address Height (m) Floors Built Use Address
1 Westpac House 132 31 1988 Commercial Office 91 King William Street
2 Telstra House 104 24 1987 Commercial Office 30 Pirie Street
3 Grenfell Centre 103 26 1975 Commercial Office 25 Grenfell Street
4 115 King William Street 91 26 2016 Commercial Office 115 King William Street
5 InterContinental Hotel 91 24 1989 Hotel 120 North Terrace
6 Australis House 91 22 1991 Commercial Office 77 Grenfell Street
7 Vue on King William 89 28 2016 Residential 413 King William Street
8 ANZ House (City Central 1) 84 21 2007 Commercial Office 11-29 Waymouth Street
9 Rundle Place 76 15 2013 Commercial Office / Shopping Centre 79-91 Rundle Mall
10 SKM House 75 21 1971 Commercial Office 33-39 King William Street
11 Wakefield House 75 20 1980 Government Offices 30 Wakefield Street
12 Origin House 75 19 1968 Commercial Office 1 King William Street
13 Myer Centre 75 18 1991 Commercial Office / Shopping Centre 14-38 Rundle Mall
14 Stamford Plaza Adelaide 73 21 1975 Hotel 150 North Terrace
15 13 Grenfell Street 73 19 1979 Commercial Office 11-19 Grenfell Street
16 QBE House 73 17 1988 Commercial Office 45 Pirie Street
17 45 Grenfell Street 72 20 1973 Commercial Office 45 Grenfell Street
18 City Central Tower 8 72 20 2012 Commercial Office 12-26 Franklin Street
19 Education Department of South Australia 72 19 1976 Government Offices 31 Flinders Street
21 Adelaide Tower Apartments 70 20 1973 Residential 65-73 King William Street
22 State Administration Centre 70 18 1968 Government Offices 190 Victoria Square
23 58 Franklin Street 70 17 2013 Commercial Office 58 Franklin Street
24 University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building 70 15 2017 University North Terrace
25 Hilton Adelaide 69 22 1982 Hotel 233 Victoria Square
26 Rendezvous Grand Hotel 69 20 1971 Hotel 55 Waymouth Street
27 Commonwealth Bank Building 69 17 1983 Commercial Office 100 King William Street
28 Telstra Waymouth Exchange 68 20 1972 Telephone Exchange 67-79 Waymouth Street
29 Reserve Bank of Australia 67 18 1966 Commercial Office 182-188 Victoria Square
30 GHD Building 66 17 1981 Commercial Office 211 Victoria Square
31 Wyatt House 66 16 1990 Commercial Office 115 Grenfell Street
32 Angas Securities House 65 16 1986 Commercial Office 26 Flinders Street
33 Extrastaff House 63 17 1978 Commercial Office 90 King William Street
34 Optus Centre 63 16 1990 Commercial Office 431-439 King William Street
35 50 Flinders Street 63 15 2015 Commercial Office 50 Flinders Street
36 Conservatory on Hindmarsh 62 19 2009 Residential / Commercial Office 41-51 Hindmarsh Square
37 Oaks Embassy Apartments 60 18 2001 Residential 96 North Terrace
38 Quest on Franklin 60 15 2013 Commercial Office 72 Franklin Street
39 Urbanest South Tower 59 20 2010 Residential 12 Bank Street
40 Vision on Morphett 59 18 2016 Residential 176-186 Morphett Street
41 Ibis Hotel 59 17 2014 Hotel 122 Grenfell Street
42 Altitude 58 18 2010 Residential 72 Franklin Street
43 Statewide House 57 14 1984 Commercial Office 99 Gawler Place
44 Commonwealth Law Courts 57 11 2005 Government Offices 1-15 Angas Street
45 Oaks Horizon Apartments 56 18 2003 Residential 104 North Terrace
46 Faculty of the Professions 56 14 1979 Commercial Office 10-18 Pulteney Street
47 Air Apartments - North Tower 55 14 1960 Residential 220 Greenhill Road
48 Air Apartments - South Tower 55 14 1960 Residential 220 Greenhill Road
49 Schulz Building 55 14 1961 University 46 Kintore Avenue
50 National Australia Bank Building 55 14 1970 Commercial Office 22 King William Street

NB - If the pinnacle (top of spire or antenna) height were to be included Grenfell Centre would be 114m and ANZ House would be 99m.

Tallest buildings under construction[edit]

This is a list of the tallest buildings in Adelaide currently under construction. Source: Sensational-Adelaide

Building Height (m) Floors Expected
completion
Use Architect(s) Cost
Bohem Apartments 73 23 2018 Residential Starfish Developments A$110 Million
University of South Australia Health Innovation Building 72 14 2018 University Swanbury Penglase + BVN A$230 Million
228-231 North Terrace 68 21 2017 Student Accom A$10 Million
Calvary Healthcare 60 12 2019 Hospital Silver Thomas Hanley A$300 Million
Central Adelaide Apartments 58 19 2017 Apartments Brown Falconer A$70 Million

Tallest buildings approved or proposed[edit]

This is a list of the tallest buildings in Adelaide currently approved or proposed. Source: Sensational-Adelaide

  Building is approved for construction
Name (Street address) Height (m) Floors Expected
completion
Use Architect(s)
Frome Central Tower 1 135 36 2019 Mixed Use Brown Falconer
Realm Apartments 132 40 Residential Elenberg Fraser
Sofitel Hotel 115 32 2018 Mixed Use Pruszinski Architects
51 Pirie Street 115 26 2018 Mixed Use GHD Woodhead Architects
Echleon 114 31 Mixed Use Cheesman Architects
Festival Plaza Office Tower 108 26 2020 Office Bates Smart
Kodo Apartments 103 30 2018 Residential Western Core Projects
2-20 Flinders Street 100 27 Mixed Use DASH Architects
126 Wakefield Street 84 27 Mixed Use Loucas Zahos
177-179 Victoria Square 85 22 2018 Office Hassell and Fitzpatrick & Partners
182-184 North Terrace 83 21 Mixed Use
Flinders Place Tower 2 78 25 Residential Loucas Zahos
157-159 Waymouth Street 76 23 Mixed Use INTRO
Frome Central Tower 2 75 21 2019 Residential Brown Falconer
203 North Terrace 73 19 2017 Mixed Use Woodhead International
Palladio on Angas Street 72 21 Residential Pruszinski Architects
Gawler Chambers 70 16 Office Studio LFA

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

The following table is a timeline of the tallest buildings in Adelaide.

  • Note: At least 50 metres
Years Building Height Floor count Address Years tallest
1988–Present Westpac House 132 m (433 ft) 31 91 King William Street 28
1987–1988 Telstra House 104 m (341 ft) 24 30 Pirie Street 1
1975–1987 Grenfell Centre 103 m (338 ft) 26 25 Grenfell Street 12
1971–1975 SKM House 75 m (246 ft) 21 33-39 King William Street 4
1968–1975 AMP Building 75 m (246 ft) 19 1 King William Street 7
1966–1968 Reserve Bank of Australia 67 m (220 ft) 18 182-188 Victoria Square 2
1960–1966 Air Apartments 55 m (180 ft) 14 220 Greenhill Road 6
1934–1960 Colonial Mutual Life Building 52 m (171 ft) 14 41-49 King William Street 26

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wills, Daniel (3 February 2012). "Taller buildings will revitalise the city centre, says John Rau". The Advertiser. Retrieved 23 February 2016.