Nishi wins International Project of the Year at 2015 Building Awards

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23 April 2015

Nishi wins International Project of the Year at 2015 Building Awards


Fender Katsalidis, sister studio to London-based Arney Fender Katsalidis, has been awarded International Project of the Year at the 2015 Building Awards. Nishi, the firm’s multi-use building in Canberra, Australia, was chosen over projects by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio, Make Architects, Sheppard Robson, and DRDH for its sustainability credentials, strong and thorough focus on design and cultural contribution to the local area.

Nishi, a collaboration between Fender Katsalidis, Suppose Architects and March Studio, is home to 220 luxury apartments, an eight-screen cinema, an award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant, the Department of Industry and Science and a legal firm. With its stunning design and cultural offerings, it is the centrepiece of Canberra’s NewActon precinct.

Expertly designed to maximise energy efficiency, Fender Katsalidis has created a building that responds to the surrounding environment. A sustainable Australian timber louvered façade provides shading to limit solar gains, and rooftop solar thermal collectors deliver 60% of the residences’ hot water supply. The building’s designs also include a sewage recycling plant, low energy fixtures and fittings, and lighting which responds to available daylight.

Nishi’s residential apartments are the most sustainable in Australia, achieving an average NatHERS rating of eight stars. Individual apartment owners have the ability to install individual solar capacity. These innovative and effective solutions truly mark Nishi as a standard for sustainability in environmentally responsive design.

Karl Fender, Director of both the UK and Australian practices, said:

“We are immensely proud to receive the International Project of the Year award. A great amount of care went into designing Nishi, as we sought to impact the precinct in a meaningful way. Beautiful, distinct and sustainable design paired with a purposeful placemaking approach have done just that. Nishi promotes Canberra as a world-leader in thoughtful design.”

The Building Awards are the UK’s longest running and most prestigious recognition of excellence, showcasing the best in all areas of construction. The 2015 awards were presented on 22 April at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

For more information, please contact ING Media:

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