Rent free garden oasis and workshop available on Hutt Street!

View of 120 Grenfell Street in Adelaide Arcade as seen from Grenfell Street.

We’ve got a leafy secret garden and workshop in the heart of Hutt Street, ready to be brought to life with a concept just as unique as the space itself!

The space

Built in 1870 during a boom that established the area as a shopping precinct, 189 Hutt Street is a heritage gem. Previously the home of Acacia Arts (which occupied the street-facing building), the rear garden space of the former shop is now ready to be brought to life with your creative concept! This green dream of an oasis occupying the rear of the property is thriving with ivy, a succulent garden, bright geraniums and a large, shady gingko tree, and features a rustic shed – primed for activation as a studio or workshop. Please note, the shop and dwelling are not included in this listing.

The location

You’ll be in great company, located next to Renew Adelaide graduate Atelier Antifragile, tattoo studio Day One and popular dessert hotspot The Sugar Man. With a brand new modern Italian restaurant about to launch right next door, this location is ever-growing with unique and exciting concepts.

Who you are

Renew Adelaide is looking for a concept that can make the most of this hidden gem of a space on the fringe of the CBD. We’re thinking a studio, workshop, tinkering space or destination-based experience that does not heavily rely on foot traffic. Due to the residential surroundings, minimal noise activations are preferred and late-night operations may not be appropriate. There is a toilet onsite, however it is unclear whether this is in working condition and capital upgrades may be required to facilitate this. In this instance, the lessor is very generously offering the tenancy rent-free and will not be contributing any funds to upgrades, however depending on the concept, RA may be able to provide financial support for upgrades to the space.

Space details

  • 189 Hutt Street
  • Studio or workshop
  • 30 sqm approx (studio) + 40 sqm approx (garden)
    • Lush, leafy garden oasis (featuring a significant tree)
    • Laneway access off McLaren St via back gate
    • Shed available for activation and storage of equipment
    • No power supply currently available at rear of property, however Renew Adelaide will ensure basic supply
    • Wednesday 14th February at 12pm
    • Tuesday 20th February at 4pm
    Register for inspection
  • Sunday 3rd March at midnight

For tips on what to include your application, check out our application guide.

Frequently asked questions


How does the Renew Adelaide program work?


We partner with property owners and agents to offer rent-free spaces to emerging businesses, allowing them to test their concept in the Adelaide CBD. You can read more about our program on the how it works page.


How long is the rent-free period?


This differs with each space but the minimum term is a 30-day rolling licence. This means the licence continues each month, up until you or the lessor chooses to end the licence, giving 30 days notice. In some cases, we can negotiate a fixed rent-free period with our property partner anywhere up to 12 months, depending on your concept and the property owner’s goals.


What is the benefit of being on the Renew program?


In addition to the rent-free space, Renew Adelaide acts as a support system for new ventures and can help in areas you might not have experience in – whether it’s budgeting, marketing, visual merchandising or legal. Becoming a Renew Adelaide venture also provides you with greater exposure through our marketing channels.


How do I apply for this space?


If you’re interested in this space, we recommend you come along to an inspection to ask any questions you might have. From there, you can submit an application form via our website. Visit how to apply for full details on the application process.


Can I apply without an inspection?


We strongly encourage you to attend an inspection, however, if you’re unable to attend you can still apply. If you are successful in progressing to the next stage of the application process we can arrange a private inspection.


I’ve missed the application deadline, can I still apply?


If you see a space online but have missed the application deadline, it’s best to reach out to us to see if we’re still able to accept your application. Please be mindful we may be far along in the application process and may not be able to accept late applications. To avoid disappointment, please sign up to our mailing list on our website to be notified when new properties are available.

Love the space but isn’t right for you?

We’d love to hear about your concept and what kind of space you’re looking for. Share them with us via our expression of interest form here.

Need further information?

For more information about the Renew Adelaide program and the application process head to Who we are and How it works. If you have further questions we’re always happy to chat with you at the inspection or you can get in touch with us via the form below.

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