The Convention Centre
During the last three decades, the ACC has gained global recognition for its excellence and service and was essential in the consolidation of South Australia as a favourite destiny for business and event tourism.
Located in the Riverbank district, a landmark of the historic city, the ACC celebrates its 30th anniversary revealing its new face thanks to the termination of its complete renovation, including two new buildings which expand the original and whose stunning volumes completely transform the river Torrens skyline.
“Since opening in 1987, the Convention Centre has been a great South Australian success story,” says Alec Gilbert, chief executive of the Adelaide Convention Centre. “Over the past 30 years, the Centre has played host to 1,800 major conferences, welcomed more than six million delegates and visitors, and generated $1.4 million in economic benefit for the state of South Australia. The future looks even brighter, with the expanded venue forecast to inject an additional $1.92 billion into the state’s economy over the next 25 years.”
To minimize loss of income and interruptions originating from the impact of building works on the original building, the extension was designed in two phases. The design is based on a very detailed functional diagram that offers maximum flexibility and adaptability. It’s a completely integrated facility that includes 3 different and individually iconic buildings which connect internally so as to hold an individual event or three separated simultaneous events. Its striking exterior shape, comprised of undulating structures and facades is inspired by South Australia’s landscape, particularly by the ridges and the colours of cliffs, rock formations and steep hillsides of the Flinders mountain range (West Building) as well as the shapes and silhouettes of The Remarkable Rocks of Kangaroo Island (East Building).
Section through wall at apex of triangular faces, showing solution for building up the smooth curved transition from plane to plane
The recently opened East Building of the Adelaide Convention Centre is the work of WOODS BAGOT architectural office, who describes it as “one of the world’s most adaptable and dynamic meeting spaces, entirely connected to the city it serves. This project represents a new generation of Convention Centres which capitalise on Woods Bagot’s multi-sector expertise blurring boundaries between workplace, hospitality and education.”
The design of the East Building results from the constraints of the site and has been “moulded” by the panoramic views, circulation and the environment of the river Torrens. Its external shape and red coloured zinc cladding were inspired by the granite rock formations known as The Remarkables found on the Kangaroo Island, near Adelaide.
The building is divided in two levels, with an effective surface area of 8.700m² equipped with a new Plenary Hall with capacity for 3.500 guests. It includes a series of features that enhance its flexibility, being able to change into 15 different configurations to adapt to the needs of each event.
From a physical and operational point of view, the three buildings are interconnected on each level, and the halls open to each other, making movement easy. The most spectacular link between the buildings is the new Skyway, an elevated walkway connecting the east and west wings providing great views of the neighbouring riverbank.
Vertical section through typical wall build-up