Inside Festival 2015: Hotel Hotel by March Studio

Rodney Eggleston explains how March Studio recycled over 5000 pieces of wood to create the award-winning interior for Hotel Hotel in Canberra, Australia.

March Studio designed the ground floor spaces of Hotel Hotel, a hotel in Canberra, Australia, developed by 50 different artists, designers and makers.

The Melbourne-based studio’s design, which was named World Interior of the Year 2015 at Inside Festival last month, features thousands of planks of reclaimed wood that are fixed around the walls and ceiling with steel rods.

“The brief here was to use recycled materials,” says March Studio director Eggleston. “We looked at ways of creating almost an instant patina, something that already had character and age.”

March Studio sourced most of the wood for the project directly from the site of the hotel itself.

“There were formwork beams that were lying around in piles, there were offcuts from the facade,” Eggleston explains. “There was all this timber that had been used to make the whole building and we thought this was a great opportunity to do something with all those offcuts.”

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