Burbury Hotel


Barton, Canberra ACT








Ben Wrigley
Stefan Postles


The Burbury is a luxury Canberra hotel including active ground level commercial uses, 106 hotel rooms and apartments and a roof top lounge.

The form, texture, contrast and classic qualities of the Burbury Hotel echo the elegance of the entire Realm Precinct. Paired themes of 'black and white', 'recessed and projecting', 'hard and soft', 'rough and smooth', 'ornate and plain', 'straight and curved', 'new and old', evident throughout the interior, combine to build a subtle drama and distinguished mood throughout the Hotel.

Urban design principles and qualities of mix use, diversity, activity, compactness, integration of indoor / outdoor spaces, flexibility, adaptability, permeability and sustainability are at the foundation of the design and underlying organisation of the built elements. These principles carry over from the planning to the interior design to produce a relaxed and unique Canberra landmark.

Arguably the most important contribution that this project brings to both the client and the wider community, and in addition to its basic commercial role as a quality hotel, is its compact scale, diversity and density which far exceeds that originally envisaged for this particular 'suburban' block.

2008 - Commercial Architecture Commendation - Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter