Base64 incorporates an historic Adelaide mansion that has undergone a multi-million-dollar metamorphosis, transforming the heritage-listed 19th century pile into a 21st century landmark.
The property is a distinctive visual and historic element in Kent Town, a suburb east of the Adelaide CBD. Constructed in 1865 of bluestone and sandstone rubble with brick quoins, the original two-storey building contains picturesque detailing with a facade of profiled brick, scalloped barges and a cantilevered balcony.
The mansion, once known as Wavertree, is one of four buildings on the 2777-square-metre property, now named Base64, a digital quip arising from its address at 64 North Terrace, Kent Town. The original house is linked with many notable South Australians, including Sir Frederick Holder, who was twice Premier of South Australia in the 19th century and first Speaker of the inaugural Australian House of Representatives.
Originally built as a private residence, the location has accommodated the Parkin Theological College , a Pepper Studios television production studio and the Imagination digital video production facility. A second two-storey building, built in 1930, contains a one-time chapel while an expansive double-storey building at the rear once housed the television production studios. Connecting these buildings is a “bridge” building that contains upstairs offices and a ground-floor open-plan kitchen and entertainment area flowing into a central courtyard.
The original building now houses the Hackett family office, with a small team managing Simon’s various business interests. The other interconnected buildings surround an open-air central courtyard and include residents from a range of innovative Australian businesses that benefit from the collegial environment offered by the redevelopment.