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Far North Queensland Architecture Awards

May 18, 2011

Arkhefield’s Cruise Terminal in Cairns wins top prize at the AIA’s Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards.

The Cairns Cruise Terminal, designed by Arkhefield and Total Project Group Architects in association, has been awarded the Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards.

The project, which saw the transformation of a heritage-listed waterfront shed and concrete wharf into an entry point for international and local visitors, now provides a cruise liner terminal together with function and exhibition spaces for use by Cairns residents.

Malcolm Middleton, Queensland Awards Jury Director, said the project was an “important addition to the urban, cultural and commercial mix of the Cairns CBD,” providing the city with a flexible facility “with potential for significant commercial and cultural contribution to the city from its site”.

Seven projects from a total of 18 shortlisted designs were awarded regional commendations at the ceremony on Friday 13 May. Other projects to receive commendations included Castaways Resort and Spa by Edge Architecture, which the jury described as an important addition to the tourism infrastructure for Mission Beach, and the Rattle n Hum Side Bar in Cairns by mmp Architects – a “small-scale fitout [that] belies the complexity of the urban site”.

mmp Architects were also commended for the St Thomas’s School Library in Mareeba, a “playful structure” that provides an “elegant arrival space and easy transition into the teaching areas of the new library”.

Other educational projects rewarded on the night were the Health and Sustainability Training Precinct (J Block Building) by Total Project Group, and the St Andrew’s Catholic College Chapel in Redlynch by Fisher Buttrose Architects.

One residential project was commended: Wolveridge Architects’ The Dune House in Port Douglas. The jury said of the project: “Simply detailed and elegantly presented, the largely symmetrical plan creates a generous and relaxed setting.”

All seven commended projects are now in the running to win at the Queensland Architecture Awards, which take place in Brisbane on 24 June.

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