NewActon Pavilion

Canberra, Australia (Completed 2008)

NewActon1 Pavilion forms the adaptive re-use of the old Hotel Acton buildings, courtyards and extensive landscape surrounds. Its heritage structures have been sensitively restored to provide an 80-room boutique hotel (now leased to Peppers Hotels), restaurant, A. Baker café, bar, day spa, hairdresser and office tenancies including Molonglo Group’s headquarters.

NewActon Pavilion has earned the support of our peers2

We love pictures and story telling. With them we create visual essays of the landscape, our projects and curiosities.

NewActon1 Pavilion forms the adaptive re-use of the old Hotel Acton buildings, courtyards and extensive landscape surrounds. Its heritage structures have been sensitively restored to provide an 80-room boutique hotel (now leased to Peppers Hotels), restaurant, A. Baker café, bar, day spa,

hairdresser and office tenancies including Molonglo Group’s headquarters.

NewActon Pavilion has earned the support of our peers2

We love pictures and story telling. With them we create visual essays of the landscape, our projects and curiosities.

Project NameNewActon Pavilion
Project TypeMixed Use (hotel, office, retail, hospitality)
Design TeamFender Katsalidis, Oculus, SJB Architects, Clear Design and Molonglo Group
Size80-room hotel and 2,224m2 of mixed use space
StatusCompleted 2008

NewActon is a precinct on the edge of Canberra’s city centre that Molonglo Group is progressively restoring. It is built on the heritage grounds of Acton House, a late 1920s temporary housing facility for newly arrived employees of the capital. NewActon does at a precinct scale what the Burley Griffins attempted to achieve for the city: vegetable gardens deliver produce to the precinct restaurants; nature and architecture collide; and the architectural envelope folds into flora and art. The high-rise apartments (high but not too high) also feed into this ground level generously.

Awards are tricky. Do they mean everything or nothing? Are they laurels to be rested on or simply gestures of encouragement that say ‘keep going’? Who knows. But there’s nothing worse than someone who won’t accept a compliment. So we smile and say thank you for this recognition and to all our co-conspirators who made these awards possible for our many Molonglo Group projects. See them listed here.