The Best Interior Space of 2015 made entirely of recycled wood

The Best Interior Space of 2015 made entirely of recycled wood

9 June, 2016

5000 logs of recycled wood welcome the visitor to the impressive reception at Canberra Hotel. The Australian architects from March Studio were given the job of designing the hotel’s ground floor. Situated in a shopping mall that boasts shops, private offices, apartments and coffee shops, the mall is part of an effort to rejuvenate the...

5000 logs of recycled wood welcome the visitor to the impressive reception at Canberra Hotel.

The Australian architects from March Studio were given the job of designing the hotel’s ground floor. Situated in a shopping mall that boasts shops, private offices, apartments and coffee shops, the mall is part of an effort to rejuvenate the surrounding area. This effort to rejuvenate an area through architecture is known as the ‘Bilbao effect’, in reference to the Guggenheim Museum and what that did for the city of Bilbao, Spain.

recycled wood

By using thousands of pieces of reused wood Hotel Canberra’s lobby has a truly unique identity, it has an effect that blurs spatial boundaries and even creates a sense of movement. A grand staircase acts as the spine of the project, connecting the hotel lobby to the bar and creating a focal point at the end of the entrance.

Australian architects from March Studio

Solid timbers are stacked together to give the form of stairs, contrasting with light wooden slats running along the wall that are bound together by thin steel cables. These pieces of reused wood let in light, creating an ever-changing shadow and light effect over the course of the day. Much like the lobby walls, the seats, benches and stairs are all made from the same material – wood. This includes laminated, polished and stacked wood. The wood is combined with prefabricated concrete beams. This unique system creates different spaces with their own character, turning seemingly non-descript hallways and corridors into comfort zones that encourage guests to stay and relax in them.

ever-changing shadow and light effect

The project won best interior space of 2015 at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors held in Singapore, along with other acknowledgements such as the Best Hotel award of the same year. Hotel Canberra is an exciting new way of showing how wood has many design functions and is the perfect partner for creating fascinating spaces.

best interior space of 2015

Photography by John Gollings, courtesy of March Studio.

NEWS FROM US

Natural stone waterproofing: is it necessary before installation?
Natural stone waterproofing: is it necessary before installation?

30 July, 2021

Water-repellent treatment for natural stone protects the material without altering its physical or aesthetic characteristics.

The best flooring options for restaurants
The best flooring options for restaurants

21 July, 2021

The quality of the material, the resistance or the ease of cleaning are 3 key characteristics to know which restaurant flooring we are most interested in.

Types of Mosaic Tiles: advantages
Types of Mosaic Tiles: advantages

14 June, 2021

When it comes to making a reform or decorating a room, the possibilities of materials and options are almost endless. In this post, we will delve into the different types of tile mosaic and the advantages and disadvantages of each one. In addition, we invite you to take a look at our catalog to discover...