NewActon East Penthouse

NewActon East Penthouse

Photographer: Earl Carter

NewActon East is the first of three new buildings containing residential, commercial, and retail uses integrated around heritage buildings in the NewActon precinct. The architectural and interior design of the building’s apartments focuses upon dissolving the cellular nature typical of this residential type.

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Canberra, Australia


Nectar Efkarpidis




148 sqm



Traditional Custodians

Ngunnawal and Ngambri people


  • Australian Institution of Architects ACT Award, Interior Architecture, 2009
  • Australian Institution of Architects ACT Award, Art in Architecture, 2009
Photographer: Earl Carter

The specially-designed apartment of Molonglo Group Director Nectar Efkarpidis is in the northwest corner of the building. It is the result of a passionate design collaboration among the building’s architect, the owner, the owner’s public art coordinator, commissioned artists and craftspeople and the fitout manager.

A melding of simple spatial articulation with a richness of robust materials, works of art and sheer personality, this apartment’s design is a clear manifesto for the world-aware, highly sophisticated and diverse contemporary culture of Canberra.

In its exploration of spatial possibilities and its simple expression of structure allied with a richness of design responses, this apartment represents a remarkable balance of design outcome within the context of project budget limits.

The owner set out to demonstrate how the collaborative work of many different teams could speak imaginatively in the rich layering of oblique content, images, and volumetric form within the intentionally small and sustainable scale of this four-room residence.

Photographer: Earl Carter
Photographer: Richard Glover / Artwork: Robin Blau, Shower Shroud (2007)

Leadership Team: