NewActon East was the first completed stage of the NewActon precinct in Canberra.
The building is an urban marker announcing the NewActon precinct. It is a sculptural addition to the skyline silhouette, which encourages street activity through its retail, cafe and access functions permeating the ground floor.
Ngunnawal and Ngambri people
Planning Institute of Australia, President’s Award, 2008
Planning Institute of Australia, Planning Excellence in Urban Design, Ideas and Achievement, 2008
Australian Property Institute, John Bradley Award, 2008
Royal Australian Institute of Architects National Awards, Award for Commercial Architecture, 2008
Royal Australian Institute of Architects ACT Awards, Canberra Medallion Award, 2008
Royal Australian Institute of Architects ACT Awards, Residential Architecture – Muliple Housing Award, 2008
Royal Australian Institute of Architects ACT Awards, Commercial Architecture Award, 2008
Royal Australian Institute of Architects ACT Awards, Art in Architecture Award, 2008
Commissioned artworks create a seamless connection from the new building through landscaped courts into the heritage buildings, interlacing content and creative place-making within the precinct.
The stepped form of the west face is sculpted to bond and enrich the significant courtyards created by the heritage building. The eastern face, by contrast, rises to the urban scale of its neighbours in a robust, sculptural manner which articulates the building uses, and enlivens the street.
The residential component of the building consists of thirty-two apartments, ranging in size from one bedroom through to three bedroom, and includes two highly customised apartments for the building owners.
The apartments are located in the top three storeys. Below are four commercial levels; the ground floor contains retail, office and entry uses.
Arrayed in a double-loaded configuration, the apartments face east and west, and the corner apartments have dual aspect.