Floating fragmented pieces of reclaimed timber energize the lobby space of the charmingly named Hotel Hotel, located in the blossoming precinct of NewActon in Canberra, Australia. Designed by Australian practice March Studio, the hotel was recently named World Interior of the Year at the INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors in Singapore's Marina Bay Sands.
Coinciding with the World Architecture Festival, INSIDE highlights the most outstanding projects in the international interior design scene. This year's competition started out with over 100 nominations that were narrowed down to nine category winners. After the nine teams vied for the overall-winning title in one final round of presentations, Hotel Hotel scored the prize at the end of the day.
Hotel Hotel is part of a wider scheme that includes offices, private residential apartments, cafes, and a cinema. A grand staircase at the center of the two-floor hotel draws in guests to the building's other main areas, which feature more reclaimed timber and concrete walls. But the most evidently distinctive and mesmerizing element of the project is the suspended pieces of timber, which the judges described as a 'poetic use of leftover materials [to create a] powerful but not overwhelming result.'
For 2016, the INSIDE festival will make its way to Berlin and, as the tradition goes, March Studio will be part of the competition jury to evaluate next year's submissions.
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