glenside redevelopment

adelaide south australia

flightpath were engaged to provide design guidance, based on research of the history and development of the site. Flightpath also provided design inputs for the adaptation of four State Heritage listed buildings, originally designed for their asylum purpose.

the proposal embraces the heritage-listed buildings, their treed setting and their complementary spacing.  A strong integration of existing State Heritage places results through a collaborative Master Plan process involving observation and understanding of the four heritage buildings

the presentation of several new apartment buildings, parallel but considerably set back from Fullarton Road is deliberate to retain the existing treed setting

Flightpath were invited to be part of the Cedar Woods team that was preparing a tender to purchase the land for the purpose of delivering the Glenside Master Planfor the former Glenside Hospital site.

Flightpath provided design guidance, based on research of the history and development of the site, recommending an orthogonal street layout and well spaced apartment buildings in a parkland setting. Flightpath also provided design inputs for the adaptation of four State Heritage listed buildings, originally designed for their asylum purpose.

The land was part of the former Glenside Hospital and includes a portion of the surviving core of orthogonally laid out and well spaced historic buildings. The four State Heritage listed buildings are individually recognized for their high degree of creative, aesthetic and technical accomplishment.

The proposal has carefully evolved through understanding the special architectural qualities of the buildings, their spacing, floor arrangement, orientation, articulation, scale, materials, form, footprint and height. The placement of well separated new buildings within a setting of established trees is a major Master Plan principal.

The proposal fulfils the objective of recognising the importance of heritage places in understanding the course of the State’s history, seeks to promote their conservation and encourage their sustainable use and adaptation in a manner consistent with high standards of conservation practice, the retention of heritage significance, and relevant development policies.

The proposal respects the historic development of the site and the underlying philosophy of its layout.

The Glenside site layout has through its history reflected shifts in thinking towards the treatment of mentally ill patients, from single block institutional buildings to a series of aesthetically pleasing pavilion buildings in axial alignment, well spaced and symmetrically distributed, surrounded by a once rural setting, that was enclosed by high stone boundary walling fifteen years after its opening and later by dense tree planting.

The Glenside Master Plan demonstrates an understanding of the heritage values by proposing well-spaced apartment buildings interspersed orthogonally within a treed setting, respecting and responding to the original East-West Axis and viewing opportunities of the First Asylum Building. 

The presentation of several new apartment buildings parallel but considerably set back from Fullarton Road is deliberate to retain the existing treed setting.

The proposal embraces the heritage-listed buildings, their treed setting and their complementary spacing.  A strong integration of existing State Heritage places results through a collaborative Master Plan process involving observation and understanding of the four heritage buildings, the southern wall and their collective treed setting.