Nishi Hotel Cinema Retail

Canberra, Australia (Completed 2013)

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. Hotel Cinema Retail is a four-storey sliver within the larger environmentally thoughtful, pineapple shaped structure on the western 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

The building includes Hotel Hotel, which welcomes people via a sprawling ground floor of public lounges, Monster kitchen and bar3Monster kitchen and bar is the physical and metaphorical seed of Hotel Hotel. It’s the public life of the building and the living room of the hotel’s guests. and Roji hair salon.2 Above the public spaces of Hotel Hotel sit two floors of hotel rooms.

Palace Electric Cinema3 is an 800-seat, eight-screen digital cinema with a lounge, box office and bar. The building’s staircase is a geometric explosion of more than 2,250 beams of timbers salvaged from the Nishi4 building site itself, a basketball court and a house. The stair was designed in creative4Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is formed, such as an idea, a scientific theory, an invention, a literary work, a painting, a musical composition, a system, a joke, etc. It is the process of producing something that is both original and worthwhile, It can come in many forms and can be applied to all areas of life and work. collaboration between the Molonglo Group, March Studio and Oculus and built by artisan carpenters over five months.

Nishi Hotel Cinema Retail has earned the support of our peers.5

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

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. Hotel Cinema Retail is a four-storey sliver within the larger environmentally thoughtful, pineapple shaped structure on the western 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. .

The building includes Hotel Hotel, which welcomes people via a sprawling ground floor of public lounges, Monster kitchen and bar3Monster kitchen and bar is the physical and metaphorical seed of Hotel Hotel. It’s the public life of the building and the living room of the hotel’s guests. and Roji hair salon. Above the public spaces of Hotel Hotel sit two floors of hotel rooms.

Palace Electric Cinema is an 800-seat, eight-screen digital cinema with a lounge, box office and bar.

The building’s staircase is a geometric explosion of 2,250 beams of timbers salvaged from the Nishi building site itself, a basketball court and a house. The stair was designed in creative4Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is formed, such as an idea, a scientific theory, an invention, a literary work, a painting, a musical composition, a system, a joke, etc. It is the process of producing something that is both original and worthwhile, It can come in many forms and can be applied to all areas of life and work. collaboration between the Molonglo Group, March Studio and Oculus and built by artisan carpenters over five months.

Nishi Hotel Cinema Retail 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 Hotel Cinema Retail
Project TypeMixed use
Design TeamMarch Studio, Oculus, Fender Katsalidis Architects, Suppose Design Office, Arup, Clear Design, Round, Design Office, Don Cameron, Ken Neale, UP and Molonglo Group
Size68 hotel rooms, 800 seat-eight-screen cinema and 1,300 m2 of retail and hospitality space
StatusCompleted 2013