Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Places & Faces

Hotel Hotel, Canberra

Approximately one hour’s flight from the buzz of Sydney, you’ll find Canberra – the Bush Capital, known for incredibly hot summers and ice-cold winters and of course the centre of government. I think a lot of people will agree with me when I say that politics isn’t the sexiest thing, which is why Australia’s capital isn’t the most likely place where you would find an internationally renowned boutique hotel. It seems, however, that the uber trendy Hotel Hotel is putting Canberra back on the map of places to go and see in our very own backyard.

Aptly located in the Nishi building, a multi-function world-class structure in Canberra’s arts and crafts hub of New Acton, lays the chic interpretation of the Aussie shearer’s shack seen throughout the 68-room Hotel Hotel. The dramatic main lobby of the building, in itself, is a must-see; over 2150 pieces of recycled timber form the grand space by Melbourne-based design firm March Studio. At the top of the grand staircase you’ll find the Hotel Hotel foyer, a relaxed gallery space exhibiting timber and concrete in all of its natural beauty. Gracefully stacked, these simple materials form intricate seating arrangements, walls, and even the hotel’s concierge desk. The earthy autumnal tones along with the oversized fireplace make for an inviting and luxurious bunker-like space, enjoyed by guests with a glass of wine in hand.

The warm and rustic nature of the boutique establishment continues through to the softly-lit rooms featuring beds made from reclaimed timber, and vintage leather sofas that pop against the cool grey of the walls that are rendered in clay and feature natural fibre wallpaper. A lot of thought was put into each and every design element in the interior, so much so that it took over fifty artists, designers, and craftsman to help create the sophisticated and eclectic hotel. An amazing feat it was for Fender Katsalidis Architects and Suppose Design Office, who oversaw the entire project to provide our capital with one of the most stylish establishments.

Anthony Spon-Smith

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