Lengths of reclaimed timber envelop the grand staircase that Melbourne office March Studio has created at the entrance to Hotel Hotel in Canberra, Australia.
March Studio was commissioned to design the lobby for the Nishi building – a mixed-used development in Canberra's arts and culture precinct New Acton. The grand staircase links the apartment blocks with the hotel, whose design was developed by 50 artists, designers and makers including Japanese studio Suppose Design Office.
The space features thousands of pieces of recycled wood, which are fixed around the walls and ceiling to create irregular patterns around the building's precast concrete pillars.
"Freed to scatter up the walls and across the ceiling, the suspended timber filters exterior light and views into and from internal spaces," said March Studio in a statement. "Spidery, pixellated shadows are cast on the floor and bare walls."
The lengths are supported by steel rods that run from the ceiling to the ground floor, while sparser clusters of timber-covered steel rods line the front of the entrance.
Each tread of the staircase is made up of three different types of glue-laminated timber profiles. "In the stair the timber is heavy, grounded, a stacked agglomeration," said the studio.
Longer lengths of timber profiles protrude from the middle of the staircase to create an illuminated central balustrade.
The staircase leads up to the hotel lobby and bar, which occupies two floors of the building. Here, chunky lengths of concrete and timber create bulky pieces of furniture, while decorative lighting fixtures hang from the ceiling and circular skylights bring in daylight from overhead.
Photography is by Peter Bennetts unless otherwise stated.
Here is some more information from the architects:
Nishi & HotelHotel
Located in NewActon, a diverse new precinct in Canberra, Nishi Commercial is a major new development housing government departments, private offices, a cinema and cafes. The lobby, designed by March Studio, projects a unique identity through thousands of lengths of repurposed timber, blurring boundaries while directing views and movement.
A grand stair - the stage for performances as much as idle procrastination - leads up to the HotelHotel lobby and bar. In the stair the timber is heavy, grounded, a stacked agglomeration. Freed to scatter up the walls and across the ceiling, the suspended timber filters exterior light and views into and from internal spaces. Spidery, pixellated shadows are cast on the floor and bare walls.
The stair links Nishi Commercial to Nishi Residential, a multi-storey apartment building, housing two floors of hotel rooms, wrapped around a central courtyard and light well. The ground floor contains HotelHotel's lobby, reception, concierge and bar, as well as retail and hospitality tenancies.