The NewActon precinct contains a significant mix of uses: residential, commercial, hospitality and retail. It is centred on a heritage building which previously housed many of the public servants and politicians in the fledgling city.
Ngunnawal and Ngambri people
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ACT Awards, Urban Design Award, 2016
Australian Institute of Architects National Awards, Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design, 2015
Australian Institute of Architects ACT Awards, Canberra Medallion, 2015
Australian Institute of Architects ACT Awards, Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design, 2015
Australian Institute of Architects ACT Awards, Art in Architecture Awards, 2015
Planning Institute of Australia ACT Awards, Great Place Award, 2015
Planning Institute of Australia, Australia Award for Urban Design, 2014
Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW Awards, Award for Excellence, 2009
Urban Development Institute of Australia ACT Awards, Award for Excellence, 2009
Three new buildings have been designed around that older building. They are NewActon East completed in 2008, NewActon South completed in 2011 and NewActon Nishi completed in 2013.
A key aspiration of our design has been to optimise the balance of influences between the heritage and new buildings. We carefully considered the current and future nature of urbanity in Canberra, relationships between different uses of the buildings and the balance between public and private space on the site; creating an environment of richness and delight, with an interplay of arts, architecture, living, working and recreation.
Intrinsic to this aspiration has been the structure of the landscape, which emphasises permeability and continuity through the site and which strengthens connections created by the masterplanning and building design.
To date, NewActon has won 31 awards including the prestigious Walter Burley Griffin Award from the Australian Institute of Architects for best Urban Design in Australia.