Former car factory turned innovation hub wins WAN award

The redevelopment of a former car plant in South Australia into a major innovation hub has won a global architecture award.

The Tonsley redevelopment in Adelaide has won the 2015 World Architecture News (WAN) Award for Adaptive Reuse.  It was the only project from Australia to reach the final six of over 60 entrants around the world.

Designed by Woods Bagot & Tridente Architects, the Tonsley Main Assembly Building and Pods is an interconnected and intelligent mixed-use precinct.

Woods Bagot Director Thomas Masullo said the “globally significant award” was testament to Woods Bagot’s commitment to design excellence.

He said:

“The Tonsley redevelopment represents another South Australian project that is world class in its ambitions, setting a new benchmark for sustainable urban regeneration projects.

“Tonsley has created an environment that fosters innovation co-located with industry, universities, TAFE and SME’s – it is a symbol of the knowledge economy.”