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A timber-dominant internal fitout of an award winning Canberra hotel has been named the World Interior of the Year for 2015 at the INSIDE - World Festival of Interiors. 

Coinciding with the World Architecture Festival, which saw two Australian projects win category awards, the INSIDE - World Festival of Interiors wrapped up on 6 November with the presentation of its top prize which was handed to Australia’s March Studio for their interior design of Hotel Hotel.

Hotel Hotel beat over 100 nominees across nine categories to be named the best global interior of the last twelve months, the judges described the project as a ”masterful integration of different spaces into a seamless and delightful interior”.

Located in NewActon, a diverse new precinct in Canberra designed by Fender Katsadilis, Hotel Hotel is part of a wider scheme that encompasses offices, residential apartments, cafes and a cinema. The interior design of the new hotel is a fragmented lobby entrance with a series of fractured timber pieces that line the walls and furniture to create a tunnelling effect that leads guests from the reception through to the main areas of the hotel.

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At the centre of the hotel lies a grand staircase that services the two floors of accommodation and creates a focal point at the end of the fragmented entrance. A bar is also located on the ground floor and features openings punched through the concrete walls to create views to the central courtyard. 

The repurposing of the timber in the lobby grabbed the judges’ attention for what they described as a “poetic use of leftover materials [to create a] powerful but not overwhelming” result.

March Studio are now the fourth winner of the prize and will return to INSIDE Festival in 2016 to act as a judge for next year’s awards; previous winners include Joyce Wang and David Kohn.

Hotel Hotel also picked up the Hotel Design category award announced on Day One of the festival, while The University of Queensland Oral Health Centre by Cox Rayner Architects in association with Hames Sharley received the Health & Education category award and Medibank Workplace in Victoria by Hassell was named the world’s best office interior.

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INSIDE - World Festival of Interiors coincides with the World Festival of Architecture and together they form the largest celebration of contemporary architecture and design in the world. 2015 marks the last year that the festival will be staged in Singapore and next year it will return to Europe to take place in Berlin, Germany.