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A Hotel Born From Collaborations with Artist, Makers & Designers

07.07.15 | By
A Hotel Born From Collaborations with Artist, Makers & Designers
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We head Down Under for this month’s Destination Design to Australia’s capital Canberra, home to Hotel Hotel, a property brought about by the Molonglo Group. They worked with more than 60 artists, makers, architects, and designers to bring about the hotel’s unique and quirky charm. Guests enter through the massive entryway of suspended, salvaged wood which makes quite the statement. The “explosion” of wood is made up of more than 2,250 pieces salvaged from the original building that was torn down, a basketball court, and a house.

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Hotel Hotel is located within the pineapple-shaped Nishi building within the city’s arts and culture neighborhood, NewActon, and takes up three floors in the building.

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Each of the 68 rooms is unique with inspiration coming from the Australian shack. Walls are made of clay, beds of salvaged oak, and each room is topped off with thoughtfully selected original artwork, collected objects, and restored 20th century Australian furniture.

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The hotel’s public spaces, which were co-created and designed by Molonglo Group and architectural practices, March Studio and Fender Katsalidis Architects, and landscape architecture designers Oculus, are made from woven concrete blocks and warm wooden ceilings. The areas include: the reception, concierge, library, two large fireplaces, and the Monster kitchen and bar.

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The library is stocked with vintage books.

Photo by Ross Honeysett

Photo by Ross Honeysett

Photo by Ross Honeysett

Photo by Ross Honeysett

The Monster Kitchen and Bar areas are an eclectic mix designed to pay homage to post war immigration to Australia, created by Molonglo Group, along with Don Cameron, Ken Neale, and Craig Tan Architects.

Photo by Ross Honeysett

Photo by Ross Honeysett

Photo by Ross Honeysett

Photo by Ross Honeysett

Photo by Ross Honeysett

Photo by Ross Honeysett

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The rooms were a collaboration between the Molonglo Group; aesthetic curator and video direction, Don Cameron; vintage collector and curator, Ken Neale; and base building architects, Fender Katsalidis Architects (FKA). There are four types of rooms available: Cosy, Original, Creative, and Meandering, each with their own story to tell.

Original

Original

Original

Original

Creative

Creative

Creative

Creative

Creative

Creative

Meandering

Meandering

Meandering

Meandering

Meandering

Meandering

Meandering

Meandering

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What: Hotel Hotel
Where: NewActon Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra, Australia 2601
How much? From approximately US $190 per night (AUD 249)
Highlights: Charming public spaces and rooms brought about by more than 60 makers, designers, and artists giving the hotel a completely unique look and feel.
Design draw: An eco-friendly, cozy hotel with an eclectic mix of original artwork, collected objects, and restored 20th century Australian furniture.
Book it: Call +61 2 6287 6287 or email [email protected]

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.