Future Cities - Festival of Architecture and Design 2017

The festival of architecture and design (FAD) is an event that celebrates and promotes the future of architecture and  design in South Australia locally, nationally and internationally.

As a part of the festival  a session will be provided on the Tonsley Innovation Precinct. This session will take a look at the development of Tonsley and how these trends are being brought to life in Australia’s first innovation district.

For more information visit the FAD website

Adelaide Showgrounds Carnival Space for the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society SA nears completion

The Carnival Space currently plays a key role as part of the annual Royal Adelaide Show and a variety of other events throughout the year.

The space transforms and reorganises an existing under-utilised hardstand space to become an attractive flexible addition to the showgrounds all year round. The existing Hamilton Boulevard is expanded and a new layer of lawns, trees, furniture and movable planted gardens are introduced. Around 20,000m2 of patterned heavy duty paving reinforces the structure of the site and allows flexibility for the carnival and other events setup throughout the year. A red ribbon of seating weaves through the boulevard and new feature entry fence incorporates a glowing firework motif. A new toilet and amenities building, reminiscent of South Australia’s agricultural heritage, is a modern interpretation of a shearers quarter and pays homage to the established built fabric around the grounds.

Hackney Road Pedestrian + Cycle Bridge Open!

We are excited to announce the opening of the new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Torrens. Minister Mulligan and Keith Conlon celebrated completion which is now open to the public for use.

Tonsley Innovation District Urban Design and Public Spaces Receives Prestigious 2017 Good Design Recognition

Of the seven major design categories, we are honoured to be awarded the ‘best overall’ in two of these – Architectural Design and Sustainability.

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84 Halifax Street Complete

Over the past 24 months a small build has been undertaken down the road from our Oxigen offices on Halifax Street. Now complete the building comprises of a pizza bar on the ground floor - Etica Pizza al Taglio and a separate office space and courtyard upstairs. 

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Click here for a write up by Broadsheet

Old Royal Adelaide Hospital Announcement

We are excited to have played a key role in developing the vision for the Commercial and General John Holland proposal selected by state government for the re-development of the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital site. Good things to come. 

Meet Well Made

Oxigen provided 84 Halifax as a new space for  Merri Cranswick coordinator of Well Made to host an evening that explored the importance of having an online platform for makers, providing services and tools to grow their practices.

Special guest speakers from the Well Made community - Travis Wright, Lex Stobie, Gray Hawk and Julie Pieda gave a personal insight to the benefits of being a part of the Well Made community in a dynamic Q+A discussion. The audience further discovered the ways in which makers are versatile, resourceful and flexible in their approach in meeting a brief.

Travis wright from Oxigen said,
                                                   "Clients have expectations of quality especially with public art."


Architecture and Design Article - Tonsley Public Realm

Architecture and Design recently published an article on the recently awarded Public Realm at Tonsley.

'Tonsley is the first project of its kind in Australia to be awarded a 6-Star Green Star Communities Certification, recognising the project's commitment to sustainable outcomes in a mixed-use.'

Click here for the full article

AILA SA 2016 Awards

Oxigen are very excited to say that we were awarded the Award of Excellence for Flinders University and  Hub Plaza under the Civic Landscape category at the recent AILA SA awards. 

"The deceptively simple resolution of this space has delivered a plaza that is exceptional across multiple levels, both literally and functionally"

For a full list of the awards click here.

AIA 2016 Awards

Oxigen are pleased to announce that we received the  award for Sustainable Architecture for Tonsley. Congratulations to all those who received awards.


For further information click here.

ASBN Spotlight - Adelaide Sustainable Building Network: Regenerative Landscapes


James Hayter was invited to talk at one of ASBN Spotlight talks. James was joined by Melissa Bradley from Water Sensitive SA. The theme of the evening was 'Regenerative Landscapes', with a focus towards the exploration and integration of landscapes in our built environment to create positive outcomes. 

Click here for the presentation videos.

Wellmade Blog: Oxigen + Tonsley

Wellmade recently caught up with Oxigen to discuss the current work that has been undertaken at Tonsley. Wellmade is a platform to promote South Australia's finest visual artists, crafts people, designers and creative spaces.

Oxigen are a proud supporter of Wellmade and we have a strong passion for working with local artists.

Read the full blog here

Landscape Australia Issue #150  -  Balancing Detail and Strategy

Landscape Australia's most recent issues features an article on all our current work occurring at Tonsley.  

"With a long-term vision to encourage creative research and innovation, this mixed-use precinct at a converted car manufacturing planting in Adelaide demonstrates a commitment to distinctive design quality."

Read article here


The Adelaide Review - Oxigen: A breath of fresh air

Oxigen’s Halifax Street office won the Office Fitout Category prize at the 2015 National Sustainability Awards late last year, lauded as a “truly inspirational space” by the jury.

Read full article here

53rd International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress

The 53rd International Federation of Landscape Architects  World Congress entitles 'Tasting the Landscape' take place from April 20 - 22 with a focus towards the interpretation of the landscape project as an expression of greater consciousness of the transformation processes and as an opportunity to improve the place where populations carry out their life. 

Oxigen will be taking part in the three day conference based in Torino, Italy.

The structure of the conference is broken into four lines of investigation.

1.  Sharing Landscapes

2. Connected Landscapes

3. Layered Landscapes

4. Inspiring Landscapes

Flinders University New Hub and Plaza Opening

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'Little Sprouts' Kitchen Garden

Stage 1 of the 'Little Sprouts' Kitchen Garden within the Adelaide Botanic Gardens was officially opened by State's Premier Jay Weatherill last Sunday on the 15 November.

ABC Podcast

Queensland Country Life Article

UDIA SA - Awards for Excellence - The Reserve, Diment Road

On the 30th of October, the City of Salisbury was awarded the Local Community Development Award by the Urban Development Institute of South Australia for The Reserve based in Salisbury. Oxigen are proud to be part of the team and we congratulate all those who were involved in delivering such a successful project.

For the full list of awards click here.

Tonsley Mini Maker Faire

In the first weekend of November, Tonsley  held the '2015 Adelaide Mini Maker Faire'. Viewed as the latest hub for South Australia for innovation, education and entrepreneurship, Tonsley held over 100 displays of ideas and creativity; consisting from old crafts to new technologies. 

Wright open for public use | Canberra

The vision for Wright was to create a unique sense of place and community by actively connecting and integrating the urban form with the surrounding natural environment whilst recognising the history and challenging topography of the site.

Wright is the first suburb to be developed in the Molonglo Valley and along with Coombs, forms the 'gateway' to the new district. The new parks and greenways are now being completed at Wright and are open for public use and enjoyment.

Flinders University - New plaza and student hub

Down south at the Flinders University construction is under way of the new plaza and student hub which is expected to be completed by Semester 1, 2016. 

The redevelopment creates a new central heart for the Flinders University Campus. This includes nearly  500m of precast concrete terracing connecting the main entry plaza to a new central lawn overlooking the  lake via an internal mall - these will be popular for study, relaxation and make the campus an enjoyable place to be. A new rooftop garden will provide great views across the campus to the ocean. Access and legibility is greatly improved, the campus will be an easer place to get around.

Collaborative partners Woods Bagot and Flinders University.

For more information visit the Flinders University website.

Oxigen wins 2015 National Sustainability Awards - Office Fitout prize

We are happy to announce that this week we were awarded the Office Fitout prize for the Oxigen Halifax Studio. 

“It is a great example of passive design and the integration of nature into the fabric of our built environment. The combination of plants, light, air quality and the flow of indoor and outdoor space creates a fantastic environment for people (as opposed to ticking the boxes of energy and water efficiency).”

Head over to the architecture and design website for a full write up and  more details on the 2015 Sustainability Awards.

OXIGEN: James Hayter - The Adelaide Review |  issue 428 |  October 2015

Nathan James Crane - "Oxigen is an Adelaide based practice working across landscape architecture, urban planning and design, industrial design and architecture. The studio won in three categories at the SA AILA awards including Landscape Architecture - Design, Planning  and Landscape Architecture for Urban Design."

Read article here

FAD: Festival of Architecture and Design

Oxigen are proud supporters of the upcoming Festival of Architecture and Design; held from the 8th - 13th October in Adelaide. 

The Festival of Architecture and Design (FAD) creates the opportunity to connect and share stories with, and educate the community on the role of local architects and designers in:

  • contributing to our quality of life
  • place making and creating safe and vibrant public spaces
  • integrated design practices, that ultimately makes South Australia a more prosperous and vibrant place to live, work and play.

Oxigen will be apart of two events: Open Studios and High / Hi Adelaide. People from the public will be able to gain an insight into our office space and rooftop garden. For further information visit the FAD website.

2015 AILA SA Awards

Oxigen are happy to announce we had a successful night at the South Australian AILA awards held recently. The following projects received awards:

Kingston Foreshore - Landscape Architecture Design Award  

Greater Riverbank Implementation Plan - Landscape Architecture Planning Award  

Tonsley - Landscape Architecture Urban Design Award 

Congratulations to all those who received awards on the night. 

For more information on the 2015 AILA SA awards visit the AILA website.

Olmsted and Landscape Architecture, James Hayter, Place Magazine - Issue 46

'Together, architect Daniel Burnham and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted combined to achieve a fantasy that was to show America's cultural awakening and international positioning. The result was not about the delicate composition of spaces, mathematical proportions, human scale or imagination but the technologies, innovations and cultural aspirations that were to power the twentieth century.'

Read article here

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Eco-Landscape Design

Lochiel Park and Windsor Street Linear Trail have both been featured in the recently published Eco-Landscape Design.  The book provides a global perspective on the evolving topic of sustainable landscape architecture. Both projects demonstrate innovative solutions that measurably improve the ecology of a site.

Get copy of Eco-Landscape Design

tonsley central forest

Tonsley Park and Kingston Foreshore show the power of regenerative landscapes, The Fifth Estate 23 October 2014

Ahead of speaking at the Forecast Festival of Landscape Architecture- in Brisbane, James Hayter spoke to The Fifth Estate about Tonsley and Kingston Foreshore and the degree of transformation that is possible with a regenerative approach to contaminated sites.

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Art Changes Places, Adelaide Review – 10 November 2014

Adelaide’s Guildhouse recently hosted a public event that got visual artists, designers and architects talking to each other about the value of public art. Hosted by Andrew Wallace at Adelaide College of the Arts on Thursday, October 23, Art Changes Places was a panel discussion about the importance of dialogue between architects, planners, developers, designers and artists.

Read the full article here

oxigen office

Job envy: Australia’s best new offices, Indaily – 4 November 2014

Oxigen Halifax Studio has made the Australian Institute of Architects shortlist of best offices of the year in its annual awards.

Read the full article here

place issue 44

Place, the Orphan of Landscape Architecture, Place Magazine                – Issue 44

"this is an environment that seeks to make a place of the street beyond the façade. Easy views within and an invitational bench-seat windowsill connect passers-by to the rich interior. The curious pop-in, admiring the integral art and décor, wondering if they can order a coffee… "

Read the full article here

Oxigen roof terrace

Oxigen Practice Profile, Place Magazine – Issue 40

“This is no corporate, politely generic shell; this confidently bespoke architecture reflects its inhabitants. Backed by the lazy drone from a resident colony of crickets- a surprising soundscape for a city design studio.”

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UIA Sustainable Futures: Responsible Architecture Project, Architecture Australia – 29 January 2014

“Sustainable futures do not happen by holding on to the present or by accident. Sustainability is something that we must make through redesigning our lifestyles and life-supporting equipment. That equipment, in turn, is dominated by our buildings and infrastructure. This approach rightly casts architecture in a central role in creating sustainable futures.’"

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A singular vision, three strands of government, Architecture Australia – 15 November 2013

Matt Davis examines the influence of the separate tiers of governance on three significant public realm projects in Canberra. The masterplans for the Canberra Central Parklands, Kingston Foreshore and Weston Park precincts were all produced by Oxigen, yet each responded to a different open-space context across the city and was overseen by a separate government agency. This set of circumstances provides an opportunity to observe how those different agencies imagine, and equally importantly, exert, their responsibilities in shaping Canberra’s urban design and landscape outcomes.

Read the full article here