Ladder Black Diamond

Client South Australian Housing Trust, Department for Families and Communities and Ladder Location 74 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide Value $6M Completion 2011

‘Ladder’ Port Adelaide involved the total refurbishment of a derelict State Heritage listed building to accommodate a mix of uses including residential and administrative accommodation for “at risk” young people in the Ladder program and a number of commercial tenancies. The existing building is located on a prominent and important ‘Black Diamond’ corner in Port Adelaide, and had previously been Shipping Company Offices, a Hotel, Theatre and Brewery.

A new entry for the Youth Accommodation component was created in the old service courtyard. The design is modern and sophisticated to contrast with the original old building, part of which dates back to 1851 when it was constructed as a theatre. The new entry provides a strong focus and statement without detracting from the beauty of the original building. It is highly transparent but has been carefully designed and detailed to ensure good environmental performance.

The project has focused on achieving a high level of sustainability with all materials and finishes selections based on their environmental performance. The insertion of new spaces into the existing envelope without making major changes was a challenge but we believe the result sets another benchmark for social housing in a refurbishment context.