Realm Adelaide, a proposed residential luxury apartment project designed by award-winning architectural practice Elenberg Fraser, has been formally submitted to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure for approval.

Featuring a building form that links the past and the future, Realm Adelaide on Austin Street is set to become the tallest tower in Adelaide, rising 132 metres, spanning 40 levels, and offering 320 apartments in one, two, three and four-bedroom configurations. The project also offers two double storey penthouses and aims to bring the first five-star hotel-like lifestyle experience to the city through exemplary interior design and two levels of planned resident amenity, including a rooftop spa and wellness facility.

The tower is planned above the existing Renaissance Arcade, which will also be renovated as part of the project to become a fully integrated dining and retail precinct that intends to spark the evolution of the Austin Street area. The project scope also includes the Assay House built in 1858, where the facade will be restored and a double height bar and restaurant is proposed.

According to Elenberg Fraser founder Callum Fraser, the firm feels a great responsibility to create a building that will stand the test of time and herald a new era in local architecture.

He explains that Realm Adelaide pays tribute to Adelaide’s past and future through its form, which is positioned at the point where the city’s current skyline is ending, and its future skyline is emerging. Fraser adds that the building’s golden geometric form will stand out on the Adelaide skyline, creating a strong architectural statement in the city.

Assembling a team of former Adelaide locals now designing some of Australia’s most exciting buildings, Elenberg Fraser has also focused on celebrating the site and the city’s past in its design for Realm Adelaide. For instance, its golden tones are a tribute to Assay House’s past as the location where lucky gold rush prospectors took their gold to be weighed and melted into the Adelaide Pound.

Sales will commence upon approval of the project. The Realm Adelaide proposal is being submitted by a private Sydney developer with family links to Adelaide.