Braddon, Canberra ACT
This 5 Star Hotel design seeks to reinforce a sense of formality and high quality design on Northbourne Avenue in response to its location within Canberra’s City Centre. A “through block” foyer/arcade links the entrance on Northbourne Avenue to bars and restaurants on Mort Street. Two towers open onto a central courtyard and outdoor garden area bringing light and sunshine into the foyer and lounge areas.
The Avenue Hotel has a restrained and timeless aesthetic with the sense of scale complimenting the neighbouring developments. The design compliments the distinctly Canberra style through the raw concrete shell. The use of off form concrete, glass and dye cast aluminium screens reinforce the formal address towards Northbourne Avenue whilst maintaining privacy from the street for the residents.
Ultimately, the most important aspect of this design was its ability to revitalize a section of Northbourne Avenue as an urban corridor with a people centric approach.