The Guardsman, Adelaide Railway Station’s long forgotten Grand Public Dining Hall, is a place to discover the untold stories, a place where rich history meets the transformative power of contemporary design. The line between heritage and contemporary is carefully blurred to allow new tales to become a part of the future history.
Originally a public dining hall at the Adelaide Railway Station, it was intended to be meeting place for travellers to stop, refresh and enjoy a meal. At the time it was trumpeted it as being the ‘finest dining hall in Australia’, with a menu of ‘comprehensive character’, accommodating 200 diners and featuring floorboards suitable for dancing.
The Guardsman is a special project that has revitalised the space and has now again provided services for travellers that was the original intent of the building design in the 1930’s.
Location: Adelaide, SA
Client: Skycity Adelaide
Project team: Dave Bickmore, Olivier Martin, Graham Charbonneau
Photographer: Kate Bowman
Award of Merit: Place – Designers Australia 2021 Awards
Commendation – Best Bar Design – 2020 Eat Drink Design Awards