Crystalbrook Collection Unveils FK Design for New Luxury Hotel in Central Canberra

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Canberra, ACT – Multidisciplinary design practice FK has unveiled the much-anticipated designs for a new Crystalbrook Collection hotel and mixed-use precinct at Garema Place in central Canberra.

Strategically located at 70 Bunda Street, the new hotel is set to play a crucial role in revitalizing Garema Place and Bunda Street. The development, spearheaded by Canberra-based TP Dynamics, in collaboration with hotel operator Crystalbrook Collection, has recently seen an increase in the number of rooms to 238, highlighting Crystalbrook’s commitment to providing a signature luxury experience.

The hotel will feature luxury amenities including a rooftop bar, premium dining options, and a glass-bottom swimming pool. The estimated $200 million collaboration between TP Dynamics and Crystalbrook Collection underscores a mutual dedication to rejuvenating central Canberra and leaving a lasting legacy for the city.

^Architectural Render of the FK and TP Dynamics designed Crystalbrook Collection Canberra (Image: FK)
^Architectural Render of the FK and TP Dynamics designed Crystalbrook Collection Canberra (Image: FK)

According to FK, the design pays homage to Canberra’s architectural heritage, seamlessly blending with the city’s iconic civic style. The hotel features an elegant form, sophisticated materiality, and a strong connection to surrounding public spaces. The facade draws inspiration from Canberra’s celebrated concrete buildings in the parliamentary triangle and other government precincts, incorporating tall linear glazing, vertical columns, metallic inlays, and fine concrete detailing.

The building’s architecture responds to the site’s unique geometry, with subtly curved facades fronting Bunda Street and Garema Place. The southern facade cascades towards Garema Place, ensuring ample sunlight into the adjacent plaza. This side of the building will host a signature restaurant, contributing to a vibrant dining arcade connected to Garema Lane. Notably, the development will relocate Gus’s Café, a local favorite since the 1970s, to an expanded corner position on the same intersection, further integrating Canberra’s evolving hospitality culture.

“Canberra has a unique and recognisable design language of civic architecture which we find inspiring. We also acknowledge the legacy of the Griffin Plan and the built form geometries which make Canberra such a unique city in Australia” said FK partner Craig Baudin.

“The design of Crystalbrook Canberra taps into that DNA of expressive concrete civic architecture whilst giving it a contemporary richness that comes with a 5-star luxury hospitality experience.”

Guests will enter through a distinctive concrete portal on Bunda Street, with the arrival experience enhanced by a feature stair and lift lobby leading to pre-function spaces and meeting rooms. The upper level boasts a ballroom with fully glazed views over Garema Place.

The hotel’s wellness floor will include treatment and therapy rooms with garden terraces, a spa, sauna, and a cantilevered pool overlooking a lushly planted atrium. Additionally, the upper level will feature a rooftop restaurant and bar, offering panoramic views of the cityscape. Inside, a central atrium filled with plants brings natural light and air through the hotel floors, creating a visually striking and inviting space for guests and visitors.

Luxury accommodations on the upper levels provide unique perspectives of Canberra, with rooms facing south offering views of City Hill, Lake Burley Griffin, and other landmarks. The rooftop amenities further enhance the guest experience with stunning vistas of the picturesque city.

“With increased efforts to revitalise the urban landscape within central Canberra and a particular focus on the rebirth of Garema Place, we’re excited to be a part of this journey of reinvigoration,” said FK associate principal David Robinson.

“The striking scale and greenery of the atrium provides a moment of surprise and intrigue that will make for a truly memorable guest experience” – he added.

“We’re excited to be expanding our portfolio of luxury sustainably led hotels to Australia’s capital. The hotel is part of a major transformation of Canberra Civic Centre, and we’re pleased to partner with FK and TP Dynamics to bring a unique design and immersive guest experience to life” Geoff York, CEO of Crystalbrook Collection, said.

TP Dynamics Managing Director Tony Pan, weighed in on the hotel vision,

“FK’s design approach aligns harmoniously with TP Dynamic’s vision for the site and the future of our capital – their depth of experience, craftsmanship and design aesthetic will contribute to the transformation of Canberra’s Civic Centre.”

Each Crystalbrook Collection hotel is uniquely tailored to its location, emphasizing sustainably-led luxury experiences. This project, embodying flexible and design-led solutions, promises to deliver a remarkable hospitality experience for both locals and visitors.

Crystalbrook Canberra is scheduled to open in 2027.

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