Denton Corker Marshall and Woodhead team up to design the new Adelaide Central Bus Station
The Adelaide City Council brief was for an iconic modern ‘airport’ style building forming a gateway to the city and a catalyst for the redevelopment of the Central West precinct of the city.
Architects in association, Denton Corker Marshall and Woodhead, responded to the client brief to create a modern transport hub clearly defined within inner city Adelaide. The development encompasses 18 bus bays, a public car park with 600 spaces, supported residential accommodation units and new retail tenancy.
The developments six storey building and two plazas will combine with the future project stages to define the new Bowen Street Plaza. The plazas provide a pedestrian link between Franklin and Grote Streets, defining a consistent urban edge.
Careful site planning achieved separation of cars, buses, freight deliveries/pickup and pedestrians. The bus station is located at ground floor level with one-way bus traffic through the site. The pedestrian concourse and terminal is located between the new plaza and the bus concourse. Upper levels contain the public car park with residential accommodation addressing the public plaza above the pedestrian terminal.
The architectural design makes use of curved high-tech metal forms derived from the bus design to reinforce the transport functions within the building. The car park and bus concourse are all naturally ventilated with expanded aluminium mesh and curved perforated metal panels screening the car park.
The bus station’s distinctive Mandarin Orange palette references its location within the environs of Adelaide’s lively Chinatown and central market. The strong colour also reinforces the pedestrian access to the terminal and car park from the Street.