In association with Denton Corker Marshall, GHD Woodhead was commissioned by Adelaide City Council to design a modern, transport hub style bus terminal on Franklin Street in the Adelaide CBD.
The design provides an architectural landmark offering an immediate sense of place and orientation for the traveller. The building environment is light, airy, and welcoming with sensory impact.
The design team applied a distinctive mandarin orange colour palette to reference its location within the environs of Adelaide’s lively Chinatown. The strong colour also reinforces and signals the pedestrian access to the terminal from Grote Street.
A series of aluminium grids make up part of the bus station façade – these create a contemporary image that draws from its transportation based use – bus station and car parking. These curved and folded aluminium arcs are perforated, creating visual interest and emphasising the best features of both old and new transport facilities. The curved canopies on the street frontage project out from the line of the glazing offering a degree of protection for pedestrians and continuing the notion of the ‘veranda’.
In addition to housing 15 coaches, the facility provides 550 car parks over five levels and 39 ‘social housing’ residential units.