NewActon Precinct


NewActon Precinct

LocationCanberra, ACT
ClientMolonglo Group
ServicesMaster Planning, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design
Site Area20,000sqm
Budget$AUD 20 million

The NewActon Precinct is a mixed use development centrally located between the Australian National University, Civic and the National Museum of Australia. This area is currently undergoing a major transformation to become Canberra’s premier commercial, retail and residential area. It incorporates the original Acton Hotel which was one of the first public buildings in Canberra. Three new commercial and residential buildings have been designed to wrap around the heritage listed hotel over an area of approximately 20,000m2.

OCULUS’ engagement has resulted in a ‘whole of site’ approach to the private and public domain areas. The landscape design plays an essential role knitting together the various outdoor space, architectural styles, artworks and installations. All the buildings are connected by an integrated landscaped public domain, incorporating heritage courtyards and contemporary spaces, and creating a series of external spaces which complement and connect with the internal spaces in the buildings. As a result, the precinct is one of the most highly activated areas of Canberra with residents’, workers and visitors freely mingling and enjoying the buildings and spaces from early morning until late at night. The project has been developed with sustainable initiatives for both the landscape and the buildings.

Central to the process has been the collaboration between the client, architects, landscape architects, the art consultant and other designers resulting in a “blurring” of disciplines and the creation of a vibrant, highly activated and diverse precinct.

Key Awards

2016 AILA ACT Award of Excellence for Urban Design

2015 International Project of the Year: Building Awards

2014 AILA NSW Award for Urban Design

2014 Planning Institute of Australia: Australia Award for Urban Design (in collaboration with Molonglo Group/Fender Katasalidis Architects)

Image Credit: Simon Patching; Molonglo Group