Nishi Residential

Canberra, Australia (Completed 2014)

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. Residential is the Siamese building to Nishi Commercial. Being a sibling it shares a commitment to sustainable building and appreciation for natural beauty with each of its 220 apartments opening up to unobstructed views over Lake Burley Griffin, Black Mountain and the hills of Canberra.

Proudly made of new and re-used building materials, its heating is generated by thermal mass capturing solar gains and supplemented with hydronic heating. Artificial cooling has been swapped out for cross flow ventilation. Energy generation offset options are available for Nishi residents who choose to make a difference in their own way. Sitting above Hotel Hotel in 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 Nishi Residential was created to reconsider old formulas of price, quality, environmental sustainability and social cohesion in the consideration of inner city multi-unit residential development. It is an intense collaboration between Molonglo Group, Japanese architects Suppose Design Office, Melbourne architects Fender Katsalidis, global engineering firm Arup and Melbourne landscape architects and urban designers Oculus.

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. Residential is the Siamese building to Nishi Commercial. Being a sibling it shares a commitment to sustainable building and appreciation for natural beauty with each of its 220 apartments opening up to unobstructed views over Lake Burley Griffin, Black Mountain and the hills of Canberra.

Proudly made of new and re-used building materials, its heating is generated by thermal mass capturing solar gains and supplemented with hydronic heating. Artificial cooling has been swapped out for cross flow ventilation. Energy generation offset options are available for Nishi residents who choose to make a difference in their own way.

Sitting above Hotel Hotel in 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. , Nishi Residential was created to reconsider old formulas of price, quality, environmental sustainability and social cohesion in the consideration of inner city multi-unit residential development. It is an intense collaboration between Molonglo Group, Japanese architects Suppose Design Office, Melbourne architects Fender Katsalidis, global engineering firm Arup and Melbourne landscape architects and urban designers Oculus.

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

Project NameNishi Residential
Project TypeResidential apartments
Design TeamOculus, Fender Katsalidis Architects, Suppose Design Office, Arup, Clear Design and Molonglo Group
Size220 residential apartments on levels 3-16 and 266 basement parking spaces
StatusCompleted 2014