Fender Katsalidis Architects created the urban planning design for the entire NewActon precinct.


They were also the principal architects of the Nishi building (home to Hotel Hotel).

The firm has won lots of national and international awards for NewActon, the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, the Ian Potter Centre in Melbourne, Eureka Tower in Melbourne and the Sidney Myer Asia Centre also in Melbourne. They translated the Molonglo Group’s (the Nishi and NewActon developers) vision into a building that sets new benchmarks for sustainable design in Australia.

The FKA design team worked closely with Molonglo Group, Arup and the builders to ensure all of the desired passive heating and cooling systems for the building work efficiently. The result is a building that defies the assumption that all new buildings require artificial climate control.

The FKA savoir faire for reducing construction costs was also cleverly implemented through the architectural design. The resulting property prices provided access points to purchase for many people who are often shut out of the inner-city market.

Relationships with designers from FKA, such as Falk Peuser and former FKA designer Craig Tan, exemplify the Molonglo Group belief that good work is always done with individuals, not with companies.

The result was a beautiful and sustainable building from which Hotel Hotel operates.