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Cairns Cruise Terminal Best In Far North

Arkhefield and Total Project Group Architects are the big winners in the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2011 Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards.

Cairns Cruise Terminal Best In Far North


May 16th, 2011

The Cairns Cruise Port Terminal by Arkhefield and Total Project Group Architects in association has been awarded the Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year in the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2011 Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards.


This heritage-listed ’waterfront shed’ was chosen for being “an important addition to the urban, cultural and commercial mix of the Cairns CBD… recovered and repositioned as a city asset of substance,” according to Jury Director Malcolm Middleton.


“A rigorous process of built form interpretation combined with a flexible installation of the functional requirements of an international port of entry delivers a flexible facility with potential for significant commercial and cultural contribution to the city from its site.”

A Regional Commendation went to Rattle n Hum Side Bar by mmp Architects, a “small scale fitout project [that] belies the complexity of the urban site, street front compliance challenges, multiple site ownership issues and theatrical needs for a successful commercial space… The end product is a satisfying mix of spatial enhancement and functional compliance needs all in a cloak of entertainment and on new site energy,” said the jury.



mmp Architects were also recognised for St Thomas’ School Library, described by the jury as “a playful structure” and the “result of simple geometric form making.”


The Health and Sustainability Training Precinct (J Block Buliding) by Total Project Group was commended for its use of recycled building materials and modification to achieve full sustainability green star compliance.


“The repositioned facilities offer state of the art training standards and integrate effectively with sustainability and indigenous training programs,” said the jury.


Castaways Resort and Spa by Edge Architecture was also commended by the jury for being “skilfully repositioned as a major element of the resort experience, as the public spaces have been renewed with a tactile and subtle interplay of new timber elements, pools and integrated placemaking concepts.”




Rounding out the total of 7 regional commendations was St Andrew’s Catholic College Chapel by Fisher Buttrose Architects and The Dune House by Wolveridge Architects.

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