A centerpiece of ‘hovering’ reclaimed wooden beams has been installed above the ground-floor area of the ultra green Nishi building in Canberra.

Melbourne designers, March Studio, suspended over 2,000 lengths of timber from the building’s interior ceiling, creating a visual explosion of mismatched wooden fragments above the entrance staircase.

Some of the wood has been polished, while others remain rough, textured and marked with remnants of coloured paint.

The Japanese-inspired Nishi building is part of the developing lakeside district of New Acton and houses a hotel, apartments, cinema and an office complex.

The New Acton development represents advancements in sustainably conscious design, with the Nishi building itself featuring over 400kW of photovoltaic solar panels - the largest solar array on any office building in Australia.

Courtesy Inhabitat