One of Adelaide’s newest and most exciting medium-density developments, The Prince’s Terrace, represents something of a housing revolution: heritage-inspired architecture intersects with innovative construction methods and energy efficient design to deliver affordable and highly sustainable urban living.
HIA members Palumbo recently completed the construction of this innovative housing project for Defence Housing Australia (DHA), in collaboration with Renewal SA and the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (Prince Charles’ personal charity, which promotes socially cohesive, sustainable housing).
The Prince’s Terrace comprises eight three-bedroom townhouses and four mews apartments. Styled with heritage detailing such as window boxes, gabled rooflines, iron balustrading and bullnose awnings, the homes are a smart, 21st-century interpretation of traditional Edwardian architecture.
The nod to history, however, ends with the aesthetics. In terms of functionality and liveability, this development epitomises the future of housing, with contemporary floorplans and the latest features in sustainable design. In fact, The Prince’s Terrace sets a whole new precedent for sustainable housing in Australia, achieving a high rating for design, and taking pains during the build to achieve the same high rating after the multi-unit residential complex was completed.
Palumbo worked in partnership with UK-based architects Architekton, The Prince’s Foundation, DHA, and sustainability consultants dsquared. Managing director Daniel Palumbo says it was a complex project at every level, thanks to the triple imperatives of achieving the sustainability targets, working to retain the English design concepts, and incorporating the requirements under the National Construction Code.