Adelaide Airport
Adelaide Airport

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TCL, with Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) and Woodhead Architects have created a dynamic, world class gateway to South Australia and the City of Adelaide.

Like Adelaide’s extensive plains and open skies, the project is vast, consisting of a plaza, multi-storey carpark, porte cochere, pedestrian bridge, taxi zone, roads and associated plantings.

The plaza is deliberately open and egalitarian, allowing for large numbers to traverse unencumbered.

The design takes its cues from the wider South Australian landscape, with the oval pattern and colours of the plaza reminiscent of dryer landscapes experienced from the air. The eucalyptus trees evoke a distinctively Australian experience.

The sculptural water-feature Watercourse (TCL in collaboration with sculptor Mark Stoner) takes its inspiration from the creeks that lace through this often parched environment and acts as a poignant reminder of the life-affirming presence of water.

The project is imbued with sustainable principles including WSUD, natural ventilation, natural light, low emitting materials, rainwater harvesting and a selection of indigenous and hardy Australian native plantings.

Client Name
Adelaide Airport Limited
Adelaide, South Australia
Traditional Owners
Kaurna people
Woodhead Architects, Dryden Crute Design, Bluebottle 
John Gollings, Ben Wrigley
2016 AILA SA Tourism Award of Excellence
2013 AILA SA Tourism Award of Excellence
2013 CCAA Public Domain Awards - South Australia State winner
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