From architecture to art, laneways to liveability, Adelaide is a city in transformation, its vibrancy a major drawcard for visitors from all over Australia and the world.
Over the past five years, Adelaide’s CBD has changed with a kind of ferocity – from new buildings that grace its sky-line to the vibrant offerings it presents to visitors. At one time the Westpac building, the city’s tallest building, was used as a visual landmark from the air. But, over the years, it has been steadily joined by an abundance of contemporary skyscrapers; home to new hotels, city housing and major corporations.
While the skyline and cityscape have been raised to a new horizon, the vibrancy and welcoming embrace for which Adelaide is renowned not only remain at the heart of the city but have been amplified.
Simply take a walk down the Linear Park Trail from War Memorial Drive and you’ll see what can only be described as one of the city’s crown jewels – the Riverbank Precinct.
What was once an area disconnected by the River Torrens has become unified with the addition of the $40 million Riverbank Bridge, a project that connected the $535 million redeveloped and internationally esteemed Adelaide Oval and $42 million Adelaide Oval Hotel to the city’s major performing arts centres and CBD.
It’s this unity that has breathed vibrancy back into this precinct, from the gleaming, $330 million SkyCity Adelaide redevelopment to the revamped Adelaide Convention Centre. The landscape may have under-gone immense change but it certainly hasn’t lost its loveable charm. It’s a wonderful juxtaposition of old and new: along the serene riverbank, tourist favourite the Popeye and the historic Elder Park rotunda nestle alongside breathtaking skyscrapers and cranes busily building the Adelaide of the future.
Even the city’s nightlife offerings have undergone a radical renewal, especially with the introduction of small bars licencing. Bustling laneways now boast ornate small bars, eateries and venues that attract locals and tourists alike.
While the city’s west end bursts with state-of-the-art buildings dedicated to education, health and research, it still holds space for an industry ever important to Adelaide – the arts. Walk off the main stretch of Hindley Street and watch glassblowers in action at JamFactory, view exhibitions by emerging and established artists just around the corner at ACE Open or watch bands and musicians perform at The Lion Arts Factory.
A tram journey along the tree-lined pathways of North Terrace leads to Adelaide’s major universities, with the esteemed Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum nestled in between.
And yet, with all this development and progression, historic buildings, traditional architecture, parklands and botanic gardens remain at the heart of Adelaide, creating the perfect blend of history and future that makes it a pleasure to experience.
Sourced from Future Adelaide.