Nishi Commercial

Canberra, Australia (Completed 2012)

There’s a lot of talk about environmental sustainability. Policies are drafted and concepts written down but it doesn’t matter how many guidelines you write or how much you say about it, it’s what you do that counts.

Nishi1‘Nishi’ means ‘west’ in Japanese.It also relates to the last of three buildings built at the NewActon precinct: Nishi CommercialNishi Residential and Nishi Hotel Cinema Retail. Commercial is our ‘do’. A model for radically sustainable building, its clear windows and timber louvred facade for shading have replaced counterintuitive tinted glass and artificial lighting is replaced with daylight.

On its roof is the largest single array of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels of any office building in Australia. Its occupants have windows that open as part of a mixed-mode ventilation strategy, and viewing opportunities between floors.

Nishi Commercial, located at our NewActon2NewActon 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. 1 precinct, has a 6 star GreenStar Office AS Built Office v3 rating, the highest available, from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and a 5 star NABERS Energy and Water efficiency ratings2 and is now home to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, legal firm Clayton Utz and others.

Nishi Commercial has earned the support of our peers.3

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

There’s a lot of talk about environmental sustainability. Policies are drafted and concepts written down but it doesn’t matter how many guidelines you write or how much you say about it, it’s what you do that counts.

Nishi1‘Nishi’ means ‘west’ in Japanese.It also relates to the last of three buildings built at the NewActon precinct: Nishi CommercialNishi Residential and Nishi Hotel Cinema Retail. Commercial is our ‘do’. A model for radically sustainable building, its clear windows and timber louvred facade for shading have replaced counterintuitive tinted glass and artificial lighting is replaced with daylight.

On its roof is the largest single array of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels of any office building in Australia. Its occupants have windows that open as part of a mixed-mode ventilation

strategy, and viewing opportunities between floors.

Nishi Commercial, located at our NewActon2NewActon 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.  precinct, has a 6 star GreenStar Office AS Built Office v3 rating, the highest available, from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and a 5 star NABERS Energy and Water efficiency ratings and is now home to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, legal firm Clayton Utz and others.

Nishi Commercial has earned the support of our peers.

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

Project NameNishi Commercial
Project TypeMixed use (office, retail, hospitality)
Design TeamFender Katsalidis Architects, Oculus, March Studio, Arup, Clear Design and Molonglo Group
Size23,055m2 over 10 levels. 282 basement carparking spaces and 214 bicycle parking spaces
StatusCompleted 2012