Canberra Airport Hotel wins National Architecture Awards
The Canberra Airport Hotel picked up the prestigious Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture from the Australian Institute of Architects.
Designed by Bates Smart, the outside architecture presents as a well-detailed, sheer glass and aluminium facade designed to wall out the airport and chaotic road network surrounding it.
On the inside, however, the project opens up masterfully and through the manipulation of void, contrast and light it becomes a world away from the industrial context outside. Central to this manipulation of space and light is the seven-storey-high circular void forming the entrance, lobby and atrium.
Large, round, custom handcrafted Feltex Woven Handcrafted rugs complement the five circular skylights at the upper ceiling level to filter natural light through the void and down onto the ground-floor reception area and bar.
The deep and dark opulent colour palette references the grandeur of this stunning hotel, along with subtle gold highlights and the incredible black and white atruim.
The circle, referenced from Walter Burley Griffin’s original masterplan of Canberra, continues throughout the project as a geometric driver, popping up wherever functionally possible. The material palette of the bar areas, fireplace and restaurant is a balanced blend of leather, timber and anodized aluminium, creating warm and sophisticated spaces.
Custom Feltex Woven Axminster carpet was also created for the guestrooms throughout the hotel, with the opulent colour palette complementing the rooms interior.
Congratulations to the team at Bates Smart on receiving this prestigious award, we are delighted to be a apart of such an iconic project.
Take a look at the case study for Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport.