NewActon South


Canberra, Australia (Completed 2010)

The third building to come to the NewActon1 party was NewActon South, an 18-storey apartment tower with 189 residential units.

Occupants overlook Lake Burley Griffin and its foreshore parklands, along with Parliament House, the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia. Amenities include a creative agency, Močan & Green Grout and a bespoke theatrette and presentation space operated by Hotel Hotel. Some of the two-storey townhouses on Kendall Lane at the base of the building are used as hotel apartments, managed by Hotel Hotel.

NewActon was designed in collaboration by Molonglo Group, architects Fender Katsalidis, and landscape architects and urban designers Oculus.

NewActon South has earned the support of our peers.2

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

The third building to come to the NewActon1 party was NewActon South, an 18-storey apartment tower with 189 residential units.

Occupants overlook Lake Burley Griffin and its foreshore parklands, along with Parliament House, the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia. Amenities include a creative agency, Močan & Green Grout and a bespoke theatrette and presentation space operated by Hotel Hotel. Some of the two-storey townhouses on Kendall Lane at the base

of the building are used as hotel apartments, managed by Hotel Hotel.

NewActon was designed in collaboration by Molonglo Group, architects Fender Katsalidis, and landscape architects and urban designers Oculus.

NewActon South has earned the support of our peers.2

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

Project NameNewActon South
Project TypeMixed Use (residential, office, hospitality)
Design TeamMolonglo Group, Fender Katsalidis, Oculus, Clear Design
Size189 residential apartments and 650m2 of mixed use space
StatusCompleted 2011

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.