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.

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Green Cars Head For The Hills

Property developers Guava Lime Property Solutions are joining with other environmentally-aware organisations in Adelaide to support more electric car charging stations outside the CBD.

On Thursday, April 19, South Australia Environment Minister The Honourable Paul Caica will launch the initiative with ChargePoint, a provider of electric vehicle infrastructure, at The Organic Market Cafe in Stirling.

Guava Lime Property Solutions are developers of the $16 million residential eco-building in the heart of Adelaide, Flinders Loft and strong supporters of the use and proliferation of electric cars and other eco-friendly initiatives.

“This is an initiative that we expect will only improve upon the practicality of electric vehicle usage in Adelaide,” Guava Lime director Michael Loucas said.

“It provides an incentive to adopt environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional vehicles.”

Guava Lime will participate in the event along with organisations including BankSA, Mitsubishi, ETSA and the South Australian Government.

The launch of extra charging stations in the Adelaide Hills will increase the driving range of electric car users.

“The significance of the charging stations is that they extend the range of travel possible for current and future owners of electric vehicles,” ChargePoint CEO James Brown said.

“They will now be able to commute to the Adelaide Hills and recharge their cars while going about their business. Australia’s ChargePoint network already has a breadth of coverage that rivals the United States as the largest EV charging network in the world.”

The new installation of two the electric vehicle charging stations outside the cafe is in addition to major initiatives by Mitsubishi and Adelaide City Council, to introduce fast charge stations within the city’s CBD.

The launch comes at a time when electric vehicle usage is increasing steadily and is expected to continue to grow in the coming years.

The Organic Market and Cafe is pleased to support any initiative that embraces clean, green technology.

In 2009 and 2010 they won the Best Organic Retail Outlet in South Australia from the Biological Farmers of Australia.

“We want to encourage environmentally conscious people to travel and see all that the Adelaide Hills has to offer,” owner Grahame Murray said.

“We are all about eating well and living well. We pioneered retailing organic produce in South Australia, so it feels right to be the first outlet outside the CBD to install networked electric vehicle charging stations.”

Mr Murray is keen to challenge others to embrace similar initiatives.

“I hope this encourages others in the Adelaide Hills to do likewise,” he said.

“Let’s form a loop from the city through to Hahndorf, Mount Barker and Lobethal.”

The Organic Market and Cafe will see two types of stations installed- level 1 and level 2 charging points to cater for the different marques of electric vehicles on the market, including the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Nissan LEAF and Holden’s Volt, to name a few.

ChargePoint’s James Brown said electric vehicles could travel more than 100 kilometres, but used more energy when climbing hills, so it was a smart move to have public charging stations outside the CBD.