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Cox Rayner Architects Marina Point, a series of buildings servicing Cairns Yacht Club, has been awarded the 2010 Far North Queensland Building of the Year.
Announcing the winner, Queensland Awards Jury Director Bud Brannigan said the project served club members and visitors alike, with a sequence of buildings and open spaces that are suited to the local weather conditions.
He said of the design: A series of covered and uncovered indoor and outdoor spaces provide differing day and night time experiences, either on strategically placed seating, or on the lawn. Connection with the marina and inlet is also promoted through the design. Both internally and externally, timber detailing at various scales and levels, as well as interwoven ponds, provide a warm and relaxing tropical feeling.
As well as the Building of the Year Award, the jury awarded four regional commendations to St Stephens Catholic College, Mareeba by mmp Architects; the Marina Point and Esplanade by Cox Rayner Architects with CA Architects + Tract Consultants; Conics Building by CA Architects; and Mount Sheridan Medical Practice by Fisher Buttrose Architects.
All commended projects will now be entered into the Queensland Architecture Awards, which will be announced in Brisbane on 19 June.