ART Apartments and its Practical Completion


Guava Lime’s Flinders Street precinct celebrates another major milestone this week with the practical completion of ART Apartments, an executive living residential development which sold out in record time.

Alongside this, we also saw the final finishing touches on ART Apartments’ eight storey installation on the exterior of the building. Considered the tallest in South Australia, it was commissioned by Guava Lime and completed by artists from the Kaurna Meyunna community, traditional owners of the land.

The aim was to create a piece of community art which captures the vibrance and rich culture of the Flinders Street precinct. Using a variety of indigenous and contemporary symbols, it depicts the traditional year cycle, carefully balancing female and male aspects of Kaurna culture.



Guava Lime Transforms Eastern Quarter of Adelaide into a Cosmopolitan Precinct


In nine short years Guava Lime has transformed Flinders Street, in the eastern quarter of Adelaide, from a tired block of commercial buildings into a modern and vibrant precinct.

With five projects complete and one about to commence, our vision for the revitalisation of our 45,000 square metre Flinders Street precinct is well under way and includes residential apartments, rooftop gardens, offices, a hotel, restaurants and cafes. It marks a cosmopolitan direction for the South Australian capital.

However, if you see yourself living or investing in the precinct, your window of opportunity is small. After the success of the first stage of Zen Apartments, which sold out last year in just ten weeks, it is expected that the newly launched Zen2 Apartments won’t be on the market for long either.

For those who are unfamiliar with the burgeoning laneway culture of east Adelaide, you will find quality coffee shops, restaurants, public and bike transport, art, theatre and music venues at every turn.

From an investor perspective, there is only a limited number of inner-city developments available in Adelaide and Zen2 Apartments is the only one on the market in the eastern part of the city.



Zen Apartments Adelaide Stage Two Released

The release of Stage Two at Zen Apartments adds another chapter to Guavalime’s Flinders Street revitalisation strategy. Following on from Stage One, Zen Stage Two further explores notions of harmony and simplicity within the Adelaide CBD.

In gearing up for the public release of Zen Apartments Stage Two, a temporary website has been deployed at for early registrations.

Zen2 is located at the corner of Tucker St and Dawkins Place and just off Flinders Street. Consisting of 21 architecturally designed apartments spread across seven storeys, Zen2 will also host similar elements of design from Stage One, with an entertainment terrace available for residents on the rooftop and screen shading articulated across the facade.

Bruneder wins $10,000 prize for 8m Flinders St mural design

Adelaide artist, Stefan Bruneder has won first prize in the Art in the Heart Competition, winning $10,000 and a commission to design one of Adelaide’s largest public artworks in Adelaide’s East End.

The mural, proposed for Flinders Street and eight storeys high, references folk and street art and features symbols and patterns that will ‘speak’ to passers-by and inhabitants of local urban buildings in the area.

Stefan’s design was selected from more than 70 submissions as part of a competition run by Adelaide property developers Guava Lime Property Solutions to find inspiring local artists to collaborate on various art works for their latest residential development, ART Apartments at 242 Flinders Street in the CBD.

Both Michael and his partner Con Zahos have been working with artists on integrated projects for more than 20 years.

“With a trend toward inner city, higher density living, residents still want to have those individual touches that provide some kind of personality to a residence,” says Michael Loucas. “The use of original artwork throughout the ART Apartments, both externally and inside with unique foyers and ceiling art on each level, helps to provide a bespoke feel.”

Other local SA artists including those shortlisted in the Art in the Heart Competition will be considered in the creation of various internal commissions for ceiling and foyer wall panels unique to key levels of the 14 storey building.

Michael Loucas said additional collaborative opportunities to work with the Adelaide arts community were also under consideration.

The ART apartments will feature 51 apartments and several penthouse suites. Construction will commence next month with an expected completion date in June, 2014.


GuavaLime recruiting SA artists for building project

SA property developer, GuavaLime is inviting SA artists to join a competition to transform ceilings and foyer wall panels and design a public art mural standing more than eight storeys high at the ART Apartments project in Flinders St.

GuavaLime co-directors and architects, Michael Loucas and Con Zahos plan to begin construction next year.

They are offering six commissions to complete interior and exterior artworks for the new building, prizes in excess of $15,000, plus a sizable commission for ART’s distinctive external mural: 21m high by 7.5m wide mural on the exterior western wall of the building, providing a prominent visual motif for the surrounding area.

“’The ‘Art in the Heart’ competition aims to integrate the best of the State’s up and coming artists with the building architecture and will establish this development as an expressive collaboration of art and architecture in the city,” says Michael Loucas.

The 13-level complex at 242 Flinders St will showcase “the latest in cutting-edge design and sustainable architecture”.

Michael says the use of art in the development’s public spaces was a fundamental part of the design and a strong selling point of difference for buyers looking for a building with a unique, contemporary character.

“When we designed ART we wanted it to incorporate an aesthetic experience at every level and in every space,” he says. “We have commissioned selected artists and artisans in our architecture for more than 20 years. We’d like this project to encourage a sense of ownership in the local arts community and to reflect the budding vibrancy of this fantastic CBD location.

“This part of the city is experiencing a renaissance and we want artwork that reflects the positive elements of this East End lifestyle with the fantastic vibe and energy of inner city living.”

ART in the Heart Competition

Local artists are wanted for a unique art and architecture collaboration, which will allow the winners a chance to enhance ART Apartments.

Six commissions are available for artists to transform Guava Lime’s 13-level apartment building (ART Apartments), which includes an eight-storey high public art mural, as well as the building’s ceilings and wall panels. Prizes in excess of $15,000 are also available for the commissioned artists. Construction on ART Apartments will begin later this year.

The Art in the Heart competition is part of a strategy by Guava Lime’s co directors and architects Michael Loucas and Con Zahos to involve the Adelaide arts community.

“’The Art in the Heart competition aims to integrate the best of the state’s up and coming artists with the building architecture and will establish this development as an expressive collaboration of art and architecture in the city,” Michael Loucas said.

Expressions of interest for Art in the Heart close on Friday, January 18. Selected artists will be asked to submit a detailed proposal, with winners announced at the Art Gallery of South Australia on Thursday, February 21.

ART in the Heart Competition – Now Open


Guavalime are inviting artists from across South Australia, to take part in an exciting and rewarding competition that will see them compete for the privilege of permanent recognition and contribution of their artistic works to a 14 storey development.

ART Apartments are a new and exciting development in the heart of Adelaide. With an emphasis on quality living, lifestyle and architecture, the building will feature a six storey artistic mural on its side, bespoke foyers on each level, modern finishes and a contemporary architectural design.

ART Apartments will consist of 50 apartments spread across 13 storeys and a ground floor café/ tratorria and gallery.


For more information, visit the link below.




ART apartments given the Council go ahead for 2013 build

An exciting new property development combining chic and affordable city living and paying homage to the arts has just been awarded Provisional Development Approval and a unanimous vote of confidence by the Adelaide City Council.

The ART Apartment complex at 242 Flinders St in the ‘Paris quarter of town’ features 50 apartments with a quirky artistic flavour. Despite a stalling Adelaide property market, demand for the new development has been so high that more than 50 per cent of the apartments have been taken up in the first two weeks.

The development is the latest in a string of successful projects for Guavalime Property Solutions, headed by co-directors and architects Michael Loucas and Con Zahos.

Michael Loucas said the project would offer a distinctive art theme on each floor of the 14-level building, with a large major art work to be commissioned to feature on the western face of the building.

“This project is already attracting strong interest from investors and young professionals and we’re delighted that it will offer something just that little bit different for Adelaide residents,” he said.

Two bedroom apartments have been selling from $350,000 – $550,000, with larger three bedroom apartments and penthouse suites also available.

“We’re currently looking at a range of opportunities for ART Apartments to genuinely reflect a connection with Adelaide’s vibrant arts community,” says co-director Con Zahos.

“This may take the shape of a permanent exhibition space, or a commitment to display the works of local and emerging young artists.”

Mr Loucas said the development was an example of the vibrant and sustainable urban development emerging in the East End of Adelaide’s CBD which offered all the convenience of inner city living.

“The area is experiencing a renaissance with rundown and tired office buildings giving way to an upbeat, new residential feel. Young professionals and couples are now finding a cost-effective entry into upmarket, inner city living.

“People love the Hutt St precinct, the restaurants and the energy. Add to the location and ART’s unique style, the State Government’s recent decision to abolish stamp duty for sub $500,000 apartments bought off the plan in the next two years, and it’s no wonder there’s been such outstanding interest from purchasers.”

Mr Loucas says they expect to commence construction in early 2013 with an expected completion date for the project in early 2014.

Art theme for new Flinders St apartment complex

A MODERN art panel eight storeys tall will adorn a a new apartment building on Flinders St.

And the common areas on each floor of the 14-storey Art Apartments will feature floor and ceiling frescos by a range of modern artists.

The $9.5 million project, designed by architects Loucas Zahos for developer Guava Lime Property Solutions, was approved by the City Council’s development assessment panel last night (Monday, November 5).

Michael Loucas, a director of both firms, said each floor would have a different artistic theme.

“This is the first project where we’re integrating art into the fabric of the building,” he said.

“We’ve had some excellent (artistic) talent come forward.”

As well as the art panel on the western side, for which a design is yet to be finalised, the building will have the word “ART” embossed over three levels of its concrete eastern facade.

Between Frome and Daly streets, Art Apartments will have 48 apartments with up to three bedrooms, priced at $365-450,000, and two three-bedroom penthouses going for $1.1 million and $1.2 million.

There will be a cafe on the ground floor, parking for 10 cars, and 30 bicycle parks.

Residents will have access to a shared electric car.

Mr Loucas said 20 apartments had sold off the plan with seven more “on hold”.

He said construction, which would take a year, would start once presales reached about 70 per cent, or 35 apartments.

Buyers included investors and professional couples.

“It’s basically couples looking for affordable accommodation,” he said.

“It’s for young professionals who want a foot in the door in the city.”

The penthouses were aimed at families, he said.