The Nishi building in Canberra’s NewActon precinct has snagged International Project of the Year at the 2015 Building Awards in London.

Nishi was lauded for its high sustainability achievements, as well as its commitment to creating a cultural destination, with a strong focus on design and artist involvement.

The submission was led by building design engineer Arup, which was also project manager in collaboration with developer Molonglo Group.

“This award, coming from London, is a really exciting addition to the recognition we have already received from within Australia,” Molonglo Group development manager James Bichard said.

“We drew heavily in the submission on the cultural programming in the building since it has opened, and the way Canberra has warmed to the building on social media, hoping that by revealing the beating heart of the project we would beat out the competition… and it worked! Canberra’s love for the building shone through to the London jury.”

Arup’s programme and project management director Rob Leslie-Carter said Nishi deserved to be on the international stage.

“As a project it had all the essential elements for success – world class designers, a team approach bound by trust and collaboration, and most importantly the leadership of a client with a crystal clear vision and an unswerving determination to create a place that really matters,” he said.

“Nishi has genuinely raised the Arup bar in terms of what we now know can be achieved in mixed-use developments through strong design and project management innovation.”

The Nishi building is home to the federal Department of Industry and Science, legal firm Clayton Utz, Palace Electric cinema and the boutique Hotel Hotel.

It has a 6 star Green Star As Built v3 rating, and is on track to achieve 5 star NABERS Energy and Water ratings. Other sustainability features include a 400-kilowatt solar system, blackwater recycling and a sustainable Australian timber facade.

One reply on “Canberra’s Nishi building snags top international award”

  1. Well done Arup! A well designed building by an engineering firm. No wonder the Architects are trying to close shop in various states by having Architect only added to projects. They can see good design like this coming from qualified and registered engineers.

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