Fender Katsalidis with Oculus & Iconic Hotels
The Midnight precinct is a mixed-use development that artfully combines apartments, boutique accommodation, dining and commercial space into one self-contained building. Thematically, it reflects the dual personalities of its Braddon locale, with its dark tones contrasted with white to form a sleek ‘after dark’ aesthetic.
A mixed-use arrangement of residential and hotel programmes is divided vertically around a U-shaped building to achieve prime solar access and views for the more permanent residential users on the outside perimeter of the U-shape, while locating the more transient hotel guests on the inside.
The spaces within Midnight are distinct from each other in order to create different moods, while the hotel and resident lobby are as much for residents as they are for hotel guests. The ground floor is set partially below street level, engaging pedestrian movement as part of the public realm and expressed through double height entry.
The Midnight precinct features a stylish hospitality pairing – Midnight Bar and Braddon Merchant. Café deli-style eatery. The sophisticated eatery and stylish bar position Midnight as a contemporary meeting place with a unique and accessible offering, adding to the precinct’s rich food and beverage scene. The overall design successfully incorporates a blend of public and private spaces nested into one inter-connected experience to become a keystone building within this urban corridor.
As a multi-faceted, mixed-use precinct, the project fits seamlessly into the broader urban renewal of Canberra through its newfound connectivity. The recently opened light rail has created a brand-new corridor into the city, and in response, Midnight adds further enticement and opportunity for the public to visit, linger and enjoy everything it has to offer.
Lighting: Ambience Lighting, Ownworld. Finishes: Supertuft, Godfrey Hirst, Polytex, Laminex, Viridian, Dulux, Quickcote, Cosentino, Volare Tiles, Woodcut, GFeathers, Instyle. Fittings & Fixtures: Southern Innovations, Aurora.
Photography: Ryan Linnegar, Scott Burrows