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Far North Qld Regional Architecture Awards winners

May 28, 2013

Two projects took home the top awards at Friday night’s 2013 Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards.

Above: Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment, Cairns, by CA Architects & Cox Rayner Architects in association with O’Neill Architecture. Photo by Robert Gesink.

Two projects took home the top awards at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2013 Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards announced on Friday.

The Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year went to CA Architects & Cox Rayner Architects in association with O’Neill Architecture for their Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment. The project also received a regional commendation.

“The Cairns Foreshore Development is an important contribution to the urban design puzzle for Cairns,” said the jury. “It provides a flexible and intriguing set of spaces and makes impressive reuse of the existing hardwood timber from the site.”

“The fusion of playground, sculpture, outdoor shelters and amenities ensures that it is embraced by the whole community.”

The House of the Year Award went to Charles Wright Architects for their Glass House project.

Glass House by Charles Wright Architects. Photo by Patrick Bingham-Hall

 

“Glass House is an experiment in sampling the modernist principals of Phillip Johnson’s icon and melding it with a contemporary mode of living in the tropics. It is an adventurous move by both architect and client.

“Its brave approach is matched and revealed by an exquisite use of detail and material. It is a striking contribution to the lexicon of tropical architecture,” noted the jury.

Locals also had voted for their favourite project in the People’s Choice Award, which was awarded to the James Cook University Lecture Theatre by Suters Architects.

In total the jury awarded nine Regional Commendations in addition to the Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year and the House of the Year.

Far North Queensland Regional Jury Coordinator Dr Shaneen Fantin, Principal at People Oriented Design and Juror Andrew Lane, Principal at Indij Architectural & Interior Design along with Lay Juror Kier Shorey, Presenter of the Breakfast Show on ABC Far North Queensland, assisted the 2013 Awards Jury Director, Mark Damant (Woods Bagot) and Deputy Director, Liam Proberts (bureau^proberts) and State Jurors, Eloise Atkinson (Deicke Richards Architects) and Paul Curran (PUSH Architects) with selecting the winning projects, which now progress to the coveted Queensland Architecture Awards to be announced in Brisbane on 21 June.

See below for the full list of winners:

Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year

Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment, Cairns, by CA Architects & Cox Rayner Architects in association with O’Neill Architecture

House of the Year Award

Glass House, Edge Hill, by Charles Wright Architects

REGIONAL COMMENDATIONS

COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE
JCU Central Energy Plant, Smithfield, by Clarke and Prince Pty Ltd
Mt Sheridan Plaza Cairns, by Reddog Architects Pty Ltd
Retail Store and Offices Lockhart River, by Kevin O’Brien Architects in association with Project Servies
Undara Experience, Mt Surprise, by EdgeArchitecture

HERITAGE
Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment, Cairns, by CA Architects & Cox Rayner Architects in association with O’Neill Architecture

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE – HOUSES
Glass House, Edge Hill, by Charles Wright Architects

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE – MULTIPLE HOUSING
Charles Street Residences, Cairns North, by Studio Mango

SMALL PROJECT ARCHITECTURE
Curator’s Office – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns North, by Total Project Group Architects
Re-Newell, Newell Beach, by Charles Wright Architects

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