Adelaide is set to witness the rise of its tallest building yet, with plans for a 37-storey, 183-meter tower and hotel lodged recently.

This ambitious project, estimated at $400 million, is poised behind the state heritage-listed Freemasons Hall on North Terrace.

The proposed “Keystone Tower” will feature a 240-room hotel, office spaces, a business lounge, a function area, a wellness center, and a top-level balcony.

The Freemasons Hall Trust, which submitted the development application, envisions the tower to also house the new Adelaide Museum of South Australia’s History on its first five floors, extending into the Freemasons Hall. This plan, however, hinges on state government funding.

The Keystone Tower, reaching a height of 183 meters, is set to surpass the current tallest building, Crowne Plaza on Frome Street, by 45 meters.

The project involves the demolition of the Great Hall at the rear of the Freemasons Hall while preserving its frontage. The Freemasons Hall, a grand structure on North Terrace, was built in 1927 and has been part of the state heritage register since 1984.

Henry Davis, Freemasons SA/NT deputy grand register, hopes for planning approval by March 2024 and completion by 2026.

The development plans reveal hotel floors from levels 13 to 29, office space on level 30, and a function area on level 31.

Additionally, a three-level public viewing platform, including an observatory, mezzanine, and balcony, is planned for levels 33 to 35. The hotel operator is expected to be announced shortly.

Greg Mackie, CEO of the History Trust, has been collaborating with the Freemasons and their consultants for three years to make the new museum a key part of the Freemasons Grand Lodge’s repurposing.

The History Trust, which already manages several museums, aims to establish a new museum documenting South Australia’s history. This initiative aligns with South Australia’s approaching bicentenary in 2036, making it culturally significant.

The Freemasons Hall Museum proposal requires a unique financing arrangement from the government, unlike any other public cultural institution in Australia.

The extra height of the tower is attributed to the demand for more hotel rooms. The Freemasons emphasize that their vision, rather than financial gain, drives this project.

Source: In Daily