The live Tim Ross show Motel at the empty Marine and Harbours Building at Dock One – soon to become a retro boutique hotel – was a huge success….

Following a premiere season in Sydney, Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross headed to Adelaide for a sell-out performance of his brand-new live show, Motel. It took place in the empty Brutalist 1978 Marine and Harbours Building at Dock One, Port Adelaide – which is set to become a boutique retro hotel.

Tim Ross is an acclaimed Australian comedian and self-confessed ‘design nerd’. With an illustrious commercial radio career, Tim has been following his passion in architecture and design, helping shine a spotlight on modernism, good design and the importance of the architectural fabric of our cities.

MOTEL takes a nostalgic look at Australian holidays of the past, with a thought provoking and funny exploration through comedy, music and storytelling.

Performed with Tim’s best friend and talented musician, Kit Warhurst, the show allowed audiences to enter the Marine and Harbours Building before it is transformed as a hotel, with on-site tours led by the Starfish team.

“I was incredibly excited about getting in this iconic building and the fact that it’s about to get a new exciting life is something Adelaide should be very proud of.” says Tim.

The 1978 building is in original condition, having been used in the past to house Customs activity and occasional training exercises by the South Australian StarForce defence team. It has been acquired by Starfish Developments who has lodged a planning application to renovate and repurpose it. The hotel will retain some of the key architectural and design elements of the mid-century building. 

Starfish Managing Director Damon Nagel said, “We were delighted that the Iconic Marine and Harbour Building, in the heart of Dock One and Port Adelaide, featured In Tim’s new show. Tim shares our passion for cherishing important architecture and repurposing characterful buildings.”

This creative format of bringing people together in architecturally significant buildings and combining an ‘open house’ format with a comedy, music and storytelling show is not quite like any other event. The show aimed to not only entertain audiences and have them love the building, but also walk away with an appreciate of the importance of architecture in our cities.