The Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture at the 2016 National Awards for the Australian Institute of Architects has been presented to the Canberra Airport Hotel.
A statement released by Bates Smart read: “The project opens up masterfully and through the manipulation of void, contrast and light it becomes a world away from the harsh realities of the industrial context outside. Central to this manipulation of space and light is the seven-storey high circular void forming the entrance, lobby and atrium.
“To be able to build a void, or really to not build at all, in this manner in any modern building is exemplary. The fact that this is an airport hotel makes it even more admirable and award-worthy.”