Growing up: the rise of the multi-storey building in interwar Adelaide

Research Team: Christine Garnaut, Julie Collins, Alexander Ibels and Susan Collins

The first multi-storey buildings were built in Adelaide during the 1920s and 1930s. They contributed to the city's physical growing up and its psychological coming of age. This project examined the international tall building phenomenon and the impetus for, and rationale behind, the rise of tall buildings in the City of Adelaide. It identified their location, clients and functions as well as their morphology (layout), materials, and construction methods. The research also investigated the streetscape and skyline impact of Adelaide's tall buildings, their influence on the City of Adelaide's spatial form and their relationship to the original plan of Adelaide.

Findings from the research are published as:

Collins, J., Ibels, A., Collins, S. and Garnaut, C. Adelaide rises from the plain: perspectives on the emergence of tall buildings in South Australias capital city, Australian Planner, vol 43, no 3, pp.24-33

Early findings of the research were summarised in:

Collins, J., Ibels, A., Collins, S. and Garnaut, C. (2004) Growing up: the rise of the multi-storey building in interwar Adelaide, in Town Talk, Proceedings of the 13th State History Conference, History Trust of South Australia, Adelaide

Funded by a University of South Australia, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences Research Performance Fund Grant.