Nishi Gallery

Canberra, Australia Completed 2011

Just as the world’s libraries are changing, so too are its galleries. These two great public facilities are becoming more adaptive and community-minded. Once just reading rooms and exhibition spaces now host events, discussions, film screenings and more. 

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. Gallery was conceived of as a highly adaptable space. Sitting quietly on the southern end of 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 it is a one-room cabin for contemplation and many other things. Exhibitions programmed by Molonglo Group and Hotel Hotel rotate throughout the year alongside private hire, parties. In its first years the gallery was used as a sales suite for apartment sales.

This building was designed in collaboration by Molonglo Group, architects hungerford+edmunds, landscape architects and urban designers Oculus, and architects and interior designers Design Office. Molonglo Group and Oculus spent two weeks creating its concrete form – by physically etching into the form structure to craft the concrete texture that defines the building today.

Nishi Gallery’s use of solar energy, rainwater harvesting, double-glazing, energy efficient lighting and high thermal mass design is consistent with the radically sustainable Nishi Commercial and Nishi Residential buildings.

Nishi Gallery 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.

Just as the world’s libraries are changing, so too are its galleries. These two great public facilities are becoming more adaptive and community-minded. Once just reading rooms and exhibition spaces now host events, discussions, film screenings and more. 

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. Gallery was conceived of as a highly adaptable space. Sitting quietly on the southern end of 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. , it is a one-room cabin for contemplation and many other things. Exhibitions programmed by Molonglo Group and Hotel Hotel rotate throughout the year alongside private hire, parties. In its first years the gallery was used as a sales suite for apartment sales.

This building was designed in collaboration by Molonglo Group, architects hungerford+edmunds,

landscape architects and urban designers Oculus, and architects and interior designers Design Office. Molonglo Group and Oculus spent two weeks creating its concrete form – by physically etching into the form structure to craft the concrete texture that defines the building today.

Nishi Gallery’s use of solar energy, rainwater harvesting, double-glazing, energy efficient lighting and high thermal mass design is consistent with the radically sustainable Nishi Commercial and Nishi Residential buildings.

Nishi Gallery 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 Gallery
Project TypeGallery and multi-function space
Design TeamOculus, Design Office, hungerford+edmunds, Arup, Clear Design and Molonglo Group
Size269m2
StatusCompleted 2011