Adelaide Design Studio Turns 160

Australia’s oldest architecture design firm, responsible for more than one hundred of Adelaide’s buildings, including the Adelaide Railway Station, will celebrate its rich history in a public retrospective exhibition when it turns 160 this month.

JPE Design Studio, in its self-designed uber-modern The Wave building with its curvilinear façade, has always been at the cutting edge of design.

“When it was designed in 1925, the Adelaide Railway Station was Australia’s grandest railway station. It was modeled on New York’s Grand Central Terminal and was built as an impressive entrance to the city,” JPE Design Studio’s current Director, Adrian Evans, says.

“Now, in step with a national interest to be sustainable and minimise our carbon footprint, we’re committed to delivering sustainable designs. Our recently completed project, The Edge, has been awarded a 5 Star Greenstar Rating, and we have received a number of awards for sustainable architecture.”

A ‘visual essay’ of JPE’s decades, directors and designs will be exhibited at The Wave, from 21st October for one month.

Hundreds of the firm’s projects will be on display including: Charles Moore Department store in Victoria Square (now Sir Samuel Way Law Courts Building), a number of Adelaide’s hotels such as the Stag, Maid and Magpie, and the Elephant and Castle, and the more recent, sustainable corner building office development, The Edge and The Wave.

Over 500 of the firm’s building designs from 1869 until the 1930s are held in the Mortlock Library of South Australia for the heritage of the State. Some replica images of the preserved sketches will also be on display.

The exhibition will be officially opened on Friday evening with a private function of JPE’s past and present practitioners, including Earl Scott, who was director between 1959 and 1993.

“It’s marvelous to see the company is staying true to its roots of innovation and contemporary design. I very much look forward to taking a step back in time in this exhibition and celebrate all of the firm’s accomplishments that have helped shape South Australian history,” Mr Scott says.

‘Designing Place in South Australia – a Retrospective Exhibition’ will take place at The Wave, Level 4 19 Gilles Street Adelaide and will be during office hours between 21st October- 18th November.

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