COMMENDATION FOR COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE
COLIN STEWART ARCHITECTS
CATEGORY: COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTUR
The Burbury Hotel is a key element at the north-eastern corner of the ‘Realm’ precinct. The suburban site was once home to the low rise Macquarie Hostel, but has now been transformed into a complex of buildings in which compact scale, diversity and density play major roles with a variety of new residential, hotel, office and retail uses.
The mass and height of the hotel building address the various scales of the surrounding neighbourhood including adjacent heritage developments. An ordered façade and fenestration, both vertical and horizontal, are simply articulated with changes in material and colour reflecting uses within. On the western facade, the deep window reveals and balcony openings add to the expression of the hotel component, whilst on the eastern side the apartments are identified through larger inset balconies separated by distinctive circulation cores. Bounded by built form on the northern, eastern and western sides, a central courtyard provides an accessible landscaped outdoor space for residents. Expanses of glazing allow natural light into internal perimeter and central service corridors.
The robust materials palette is simple and effective and is used in its honest state. Pre-cast and off-form concrete, masonry and stone cladding make up the key building components and, although refined, reflect similar materials used in adjacent buildings within the precinct.
The project provides Canberra with a more diverse approach to inner city hotel and residential accommodation than has been available in the past.
Architect/Practice: Colin Stewart Architects
Practice Team: Mark Craswell (Project Architect), Colin Stewart (Design Architect), Marcus Graham (Design Architect), Holly Middleton (Interior Designer), Blake O'Neill (Senior Draftsperson), Robert Speight (Architect - Project Team), Audrey Whisker (Student of Architecture), Lauren Beattie (Interior Designer - Project Team)
Consultant Team: AWT (Structural Consultant), Hughes Trueman (Civil Consultant), Northrop (Electrical/Mechanical Consultant), THCS (Hydraulic Consultant), Harris Hobbs (Landscape Consultant), NDY (Fire Engineering), slr Consulting Engineers (Acoustic Engineer), Eric Martin & Associates (Access Consultant), BCA Certifiers (Certifier)
Construction Team: The DOMA Group (Project Manager), Redwin Constructions (Construction Manager)
Photographer: Stefan Postles