Construction has commenced on South Australia’s tallest tower, an Elenberg Fraser-designed residential apartment building in Adelaide's CBD.

The 132-metre high Realm Adelaide is being built by Maxcon Constructions at 19 Austin Street in the CBD’s east end. Spanning 40 levels, the tower will feature 320 apartments of between one and four bedrooms.

The project will also offer two double-storey penthouses. The aim of the development is to bring the first five-star hotel-like lifestyle experience to the city through its interior design and two levels of planned resident amenity, which includes a rooftop spa and wellness facility.

Realm Adelaide is being constructed above the existing Renaissance Arcade. As part of the project, the designers are undertaking a revival of the 1858-built Assay House, restoring the façade and potentially creating a bar and restaurant inside the historic building.

Earlier this year, project design leader James Harbard told Architecture & Design that digital design tools allowed them to achieve a higher level of development for Realm Adelaide on a budget that was “not that much more” than that of other buildings going up around the CBD.

A key element of the project is a geometric arrangement of perforated gold screens across the east and west façades, which were managed through the parametric process. The screens will provide the apartments with solar and wind protection.

Realm Adelaide is due to be completed by 2020.