Tonsley Innovation District

Tonsley Innovation District
Adelaide, South Australia

Oxigen has been involved strongly with the redevelopment of the Tonsley site, known as the former Mitsubishi Plant. Involved from the initial planning stages, Oxigen has delivered a bold vision for the industrial site, with a design focused on mixing salvaged materials with innovative design. Due to the site’s magnitude, the strategic planning involved for its future is vital. Still in its early stages Tonsley is emerging into a one of a kind project that will set the benchmark in how we approach adaptive reuse.

In June 2015 Tonsley became Australia’s first mixed use development to be awarded the prestigious 6 Star ‘World Leading’ Green Star — Communities certification under the Green Building Council of Australia’s PILOT rating tool. 


Emerging from the existing industrial Main Assembly Building (MAB), where Mitsubishi cars were once made, the Central Forest is now open for meeting, relaxation, contemplation and discovery. 'Cut out' sections of the roof allow for the forest to be inserted into the existing structure comprising of raw concrete and steel. The open section exposes Adelaide's incredible blue skies and helps to 'breath' the MAB. Design of the forest interpret the site's pre-European, agricultural and manufacturing heritage whilst expressing a new future for Tonsley.


Client Renewal SA
Timeframe 2009 — ongoing
Oxigen role Lead Consultant
Master Plan
Key team members Oxigen
Tridente — Masterplanning / Architecture
Woods Bagot — Masterplanning / Architecture  
RLB — Cost Planning
KBR — Civil / Structural Engineer
WSP — Lighting / Electrical
Electrolight — Lighting
Hydroplan — Irrigation
Recognition President's Award, 2018 SA AILA Awards