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Client: Dymocks

Location: Adelaide, SA

Country: Kaurna

Value: $1.5 million

Completion: 2022


Paul Gillett

Nicole Dent

Ben Van Loggem

Elizabeth Little


AIA (SA) 2023 City of Adelaide People's Choice Prize

Hailed as ‘Australia’s most luxurious theatre’ upon its opening in 1928, the Regent Theatre boasts many original features including the striking façade, ornate plaster and render detailing on ceiling roses, friezes and arches.

The grand space makes the ideal home for Dymocks’ new Adelaide store, in keeping with their tradition of its heritage city flagship stores. Contemporary plywood arch ‘book nooks’ mirror the grand plaster arches and bring the interior down to
human scale, while freestanding joinery with integrated signage and lighting avoids interference with the heritage building fabric. Inspired by the existing elaborate ceiling, the rich colour scheme evokes the opulence of a theatre.

Our heritage architects worked closely with the signage consultant and the Heritage Authority to balance the requirements for the heritage listed Rundle Mall façade with the demands of retail for an upper-level tenancy. It is at once nostalgic, yet optimistic for the experience of bricks and mortar retail in an online age. This light touch fitout
celebrates the building’s rich heritage and allows public access once again for a new generation to enjoy.

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