Canberra Airport Hotel, Canberra

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Canberra Airport Hotel
Canberra Airport, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

This competition-winning design is located at the gateway to the new Canberra International Airport. Inspired by the geometry of Walter Burley Griffin’s plan for Canberra, Bates Smart’s concept combines circular and axial geometries into a unique form.

The circular geometries allow the building to be read in the round, responding to the site’s multiple approach and vantage points. The larger end contains a dramatic, full height circular atrium. A restaurant, bar, and lounges at the base of the atrium create the social focus of the hotel.

The circular theme is echoed throughout the building in the facade and interior detailing. A glazed curtain wall screen with circular aluminium hoops wraps the form and ties it together as a singular object. The hoops act as a privacy screen for guests without loss of view. The interior finishes are rich and tailored, inspired by the golden age of air travel of the 1960s and ’70s.

The hotel consists of 191 rooms, including 12 suites and 9 apartments over 6 levels, as well as hospitality and conference facilities. Operated by TFE Hotels under the Vibe brand, the hotel has won a multitude of architectural and interiors awards, including the 2016 AIA (National) Interior Architecture Award.

Canberra Airport Pty Ltd

12,000 sqm GBA



Canberra Airport Hotel, exuding a lifestyle through design

Designer of The Year
IDEA 2016 nomination

World Architecture Festival
Two Buildings shortlisted

Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport
A dramatic full height circular atrium references Griffin's plan for Canberra

Canberra Airport Hotel
A new gateway hotel for Canberra Airport