Adelaide's tallest building from 1988 until 2019, Westpac House

This list of tallest buildings in Adelaide ranks the tallest buildings in Adelaide, South Australia by height. Frome Central Tower 1 (at 11-27 Frome Street) reached 138[1] metres (453 ft) on 1 November 2019, becoming the city's tallest building on that date, although construction is not fully completed yet as of April 2020.[2][3] From its construction in 1988 until late 2019, the tallest building in Adelaide was the 31-storey Westpac House, which rises 132 metres (433 ft), and still as of February 2020 the tallest completed building.

Height restrictions, enforced since the 1990s, have limited the number of high-rise buildings constructed in the city, although they have been eased in recent times.[4]

Tallest buildings

Conservatory on Hindmarsh on the corner of Grenfell Street and Hindmarsh Square in the Adelaide city centre.
Looking south towards the Adelaide CBD.

This is a list of the 50 tallest buildings in Adelaide. Heights are measured to the structural height, which includes architectural elements, but not communications spires or antennas.

Heights are listed to the roof of the building only.

  Construction ongoing but height reached
Rank Name / Street Address Height (m) Floors Built Use Street Address
1 Adelaidean 138[5] 37 2019 Mixed Use 11-27 Frome Street
2 Realm Adelaide 132 40 2020 Residential 9-19 Austin Street
2 Westpac House 132 31 1988 Commercial Office 91 King William Street
4 Telstra House 104 24 1987 Commercial Office 30 Pirie Street
5 Kodo Apartments 103[6] 30 2018 Residential 27-31 Angas Street
5 Grenfell Centre 103 26 1975 Commercial Office 25 Grenfell Street
7 115 King William Street 91 26 2016 Commercial Office 115 King William Street
7 InterContinental Hotel 91 24 1989 Hotel 120 North Terrace
7 Australis House 91 22 1991 Commercial Office 77 Grenfell Street
10 Vue on King William 89 28 2016 Residential 413 King William Street
11 ANZ House (City Central 1) 84 21 2007 Commercial Office 11-29 Waymouth Street
12 GPO Exchange[7] 82[8] 22 2019 Commercial Office 177-179 Victoria Square
13 Rundle Place 76 15 2013 Commercial Office / Shopping Centre 79-91 Rundle Mall
14 One Adelaide[9] 75[10] 25 2019 Residential 260 Flinders Street
14 Dwell Adelaide 75 21 2019 Residential Lot 101 Synagogue Place
14 SKM House 75 21 1971 Commercial Office 33-39 King William Street
14 Wakefield House 75 20 1980 Government Office 30 Wakefield Street
14 Origin House 75 19 1968 Commercial Office 1 King William Street
14 Myer Centre 75 18 1991 Commercial Office / Shopping Centre 14-38 Rundle Mall
20 Bohem Apartments 73 23 2017 Residential 150 Wright Street
20 Stamford Plaza Adelaide 73 21 1975 Hotel 150 North Terrace
20 11-19 Grenfell Street 73 19 1979 Commercial Office 11-19 Grenfell Street
20 QBE House 73 17 1988 Commercial Office 45 Pirie Street
24 City Central Tower 8 72 20 2012 Commercial Office 12-26 Franklin Street
24 45 Grenfell Street 72 20 1973 Commercial Office 45 Grenfell Street
24 Education Department of South Australia 72 19 1976 Government Office 31 Flinders Street
24 University of South Australia Health Innovation Building 72 14 2018 University 73 North Terrace
28 Adelaide Tower Apartments 70 20 1973 Residential 65-73 King William Street
28 State Administration Centre 70 18 1968 Government Office 190 Victoria Square
28 58 Franklin Street 70 17 2013 Commercial Office 58 Franklin Street
28 University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building 70 15 2017 University North Terrace
32 Hilton Adelaide 69 22 1982 Hotel 233 Victoria Square
32 Rendezvous Grand Hotel 69 20 1971 Hotel 55 Waymouth Street
32 Commonwealth Bank Building 69 17 1983 Commercial Office 100 King William Street
35 Urbanest Adelaide Central 68 21 2018 Residential 228-231 North Terrace
35 Telstra Waymouth Exchange 68 20 1972 Telephone Exchange 67-79 Waymouth Street
35 U City Retirement Residences 68 19 2019 Residential Franklin Street (corner of Pitt Street)
38 Reserve Bank of Australia 67 18 1966 Commercial Office 182-188 Victoria Square
39 GHD Building 66 17 1981 Commercial Office 211 Victoria Square
39 Wyatt House 66 16 1990 Commercial Office 115 Grenfell Street
41 Angas Securities House 65 16 1986 Commercial Office 26 Flinders Street
42 Extrastaff House 63 17 1978 Commercial Office 90 King William Street
42 Optus Centre 63 16 1990 Commercial Office 431-439 King William Street
42 50 Flinders Street 63 15 2015 Commercial Office 50 Flinders Street
45 Conservatory on Hindmarsh 62 19 2009 Residential / Commercial Office 41-51 Hindmarsh Square
46 Oaks Embassy Apartments 60 18 2001 Residential 96 North Terrace
46 East End[11] 60 16 2019 Residential[12] 293-297 Pirie Street
46 Quest on Franklin 60 15 2013 Commercial Office 72 Franklin Street
46 Calvary Adelaide Hospital 60 12 2019 Hospital Cnr Angas & Pulteney Streets
50 Urbanest North Terrace - South Tower 59 20 2010 Residential 12 Bank Street
50 Vision on Morphett 59 18 2016 Residential 176-186 Morphett Street
50 Ibis Hotel 59 17 2014 Hotel 122 Grenfell Street

NB - Pinnacle (top of spire or antenna) heights not listed.

Tallest buildings proposed, approved or under construction

This is a list of the tallest buildings in Adelaide currently proposed, approved or under construction. Source: Sensational-Adelaide[user-generated source]

  Proposed
  Approved
  Under Construction
Building Height
(m)
Floors Completion Use Architect(s) Location
80 Currie Street 137 34 TBA Office Commercial & General 80 Currie Street
75 KWS 132 39 TBA Mixed Use Loucas Zahos 75-79 King William Street
29 Twin Street 124 36 TBA Student Accommodation Woods Bagot 29 Twin Street
269 North Terrace 118 34 TBA Student Accommodation Intro Design/RotheLowman 269 North Terrace
Sofitel Hotel 117 33 2020 Mixed Use Pruszinski Architects 108 Currie Street
Echelon Towers 114 31 TBA Mixed Use Cheesman Architects 322 King William Street
Hyatt Regency[13] 114 28 2022[14] Hotel Woodhead International 51 Pirie Street
32 Grote Street 110 32 TBA Apartments 32 Grote Street
Festival Plaza Office Tower 108 27 2020 Office Bates Smart Festival Centre Plaza
42-56 Franklin Street 98 22 TBA Office Brown Falconer 42-56 Franklin Street
Alto 87 26 TBA Hotel Brown Falconer 124-126 Franklin Street
Queen Adelaide Club Building 83 21 TBA Mixed Use Brown Falconer 182-184 North Terrace
TBA 80 24 TBA Mixed Use INTRO 157-159 Waymouth Street
Wingfold Tower 78 25 2020[15] Apartments JPE Design Studio[16] 116–122 Waymouth Street
Penny Place 78 24 2021[17] Apartments Woods Bagot 17 Penny Place
203 North Terrace 73 19 TBA Mixed Use Woodhead International 203 North Terrace
Tribe Hotel 65 18 TBA Mixed Use Loucas Zahos 126 Wakefield Street

Timeline of tallest buildings

The following table is a timeline of the tallest buildings in Adelaide.

  • Note: At least 50 metres
Years Building Height Floor count Address Years tallest
2019–Present Adelaidean 138 m (453 ft) 37 11 Frome Street 1
1988–2019 Westpac House 132 m (433 ft) 31 91 King William Street 31
1987–1988 Telstra House 104 m (341 ft) 24 30 Pirie Street 1
1975–1987 Grenfell Centre 103 m (338 ft) 26 25 Grenfell Street 12
1968–1975 AMP Building 75 m (246 ft) 19 1 King William Street 7
1966–1968 Reserve Bank of Australia 67 m (220 ft) 18 182-188 Victoria Square 2
1960–1966 ETSA Building[18][clarification needed] 55 m (180 ft) 14 220 Greenhill Road 6
1934–1960 Colonial Mutual Life Building 52 m (171 ft) 14 41-49 King William Street 26

See also

References

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  3. ^ "Adelaide has a new tallest building". Nine News. Nine Entertainment Co. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019 – via Facebook.com.
  4. ^ Wills, Daniel (3 February 2012). "Taller buildings will revitalise the city centre, says John Rau". The Advertiser. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  5. ^ Knight, Gordon (11 March 2020). "Koomo restaurant will be Adelaide's highest CBD diner when it opens in Crowne Plaza". Delicious South Australia. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  6. ^ Tauriello, Giuseppe (13 November 2018). "Construction on Kodo apartment tower reaches highest point, becomes Adelaide's tallest residential tower — for now". The Advertiser. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  7. ^ GPO Exchange
  8. ^ Tauriello, Giuseppe (22 March 2019). "Charter Hall's GPO Exchange office tower tops out over Victoria Square". The Advertiser. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  9. ^ "ONE Flinders / East". Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  10. ^ "ONE tops out!". ONE Adelaide. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019 – via Facebook.[self-published source]
  11. ^ "East End".
  12. ^ "East End 293-297 Pirie Street, Adelaide, SA 5000". Realestate.com.au. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o09dWPEnoJU
  14. ^ https://www.emporis.com/buildings/1473236/hyatt-regency-adelaide-adelaide-australia
  15. ^ "Built Environs Awarded Wingfold Tower". Built Environs. December 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Wingfold Tower". JPE Design Studio. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  17. ^ https://www.businessnewsaus.com.au/articles/work-begins-on--85-million-adelaide-cbd-apartment-development.html
  18. ^ 220 Greenhill Road was built as the administrative headquarters of the Electricity Trust of South Australia (ETSA). After the privatisation of ETSA in 1999, the building was converted to apartments in 2003–2004 and was renamed Air Apartments. During the conversion, two penthouse levels were added and the structure height was increased to 55 metres. Ref: Air Apartments 2005, www.tectvs.com.au