Hart’s Mill Surrounds | Port Adelaide, Australia | ASPECT Studios


ASPECT Studios has delivered a new, vibrant and attractive public realm for the Hart’s Mill Surrounds in Port Adelaide. Located adjacent to the wharf and with the backdrop of one of Adelaide’s most iconic heritage listed industrial buildings, the new space includes extensive new grassed recreation areas with trees, picnic and BBQ areas as well as multifunctional spaces for events and markets.


An innovative new play space themed around the site’s flour milling history is a key feature of the site. Its design draws on references of the numerous port trade activities in the wharf precinct and has been developed as a play facility aimed to have a regional level of attraction. The existing rail line has been retained and celebrated in its original state to maintain a reference to the past and the port’s important role as an export hub. The rail line is flanked by raised green platforms designed as vessels containing new park spaces within what is a highly modified and contaminated site.


The project has been delivered as a premier destination within a suite of ‘early win’ interventions that have been rolled out around the port with the aim of increasing visitation and providing greater access and amenity to the waterfront.



Client | Renewal SA

Location | Port Adelaide, SA, Australia

Team | ASPECT Studios, Mulloway Studio, LUCID Consulting, SMEC Australia, HydroPlan

Year | 2014

Budget | $2.1 million

Photographer | Don Brice