2017 National Architecture Awards: Commercial Architecture Commendation

NewActon Nishi by Fender Katsalidis Architects Commercial Architecture: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

Nishi is a refreshing model for commercial architecture, fusing a number of compatible elements into a microcosm of a city. An imposing timber sunscreen and hanging gardens announce the building’s environmental credentials, which are impressive. The architects’ clear design strategy establishes an internal street and grand staircase through a multi-use activated hotel foyer linking its adjoining neighbours. This urban project has cleverly provided a framework for collaborators and artists to come together and create a vibrant and commercially viable hub not seen previously in Canberra – a compact, pedestrian-focused, art- and culture- oriented precinct that is far more than a singular building.


Fender Katsalidis Architects
Project Team
Karl Fender, David Sutherland (design architects), Craig Baudin (project architect), Falk Peuser, Shinil Kil, Edgar Lopez, Craig Tan, Ixone Altube, Gabriel Kok, Robyn Bartley, Atsushi Kubota, Matt Sandiford, Ashley Hunnisett, Pam Sando
Builder PLY
Building graphics Clear Design & Brand Strategy
Cinema interiors DesignOffice
ESD Arup
Ground floor interiors March Studio
Hotel interiors Don Cameron
Landscape consultant Oculus Landscape Architecture & Urban Design
Site details
Location Canberra,  ACT,  Australia
Site type Urban
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Commercial, Culture / arts
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 2 Nov 2017
Words: 2017 National Architecture Awards Jury
Images: John Gollings


Architecture Australia, November 2017

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