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2017 North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards

Key Dates
North Queensland Jury Visits 14-16 Mar
Northern Regions Architecture Awards Event* Friday 12 May

* North Queensland & Far North Queensland Regions will once again merge to form the Northern Regions Architecture Awards. Regions will be judged independently with announcements made at merged event in Cairns.

2017 North Queensland Regional  Architecture Awards Results
A centre of excellence for sick children and their families and a magnificent house showcasing the beauty of its surrounding panorama have taken out the top honours in the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2017 North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards. 

Announced at a special ceremony in Cairns tonight, the Act for Kids Child and Family Centre of Excellence by m3architecture received the Walter and Oliver Tunbridge Award for Building of the Year.

In awarding the project the jury described the Centre as an ‘emblematically tough but tender collection of structures’ that ‘pivots around a grove of trees at the forested edge of the university campus’ and ‘choreographs a passage for children's healing.’

Stuart Street House by Outcrop Architecture won the North Queensland House of the Year Award with the jury commending the deference the house paid to the landscape. ‘A stair climb, living room inverted balcony, swimming pool and barbeque deck’ which ‘offer indelible engagement of varying scale with the beauty of the panorama, while the colour palette respectfully complements the rugged hillscape.’

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (Townsville), James Cook University by Jackson Architecture also received a Regional Commendation with the jury noting that the ‘clarity and legibility of the plan belies the technical complexity of this research facility and carefully controlled daylight floods deep into the plan of the laboratories.’

All three projects will now progress to the coveted Queensland State Architecture Awards to
be announced in Brisbane on 23 June.

NOTES TO EDITOR:

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Entries
James Cook University CBD Campus Conrad Gargett 
Stuart Street House Outcrop Architecture
House of the Year*
Townsville Hospital Campus Redevelopment Cox Architecture
Act for Kids Child and Family Centre of Excellence m3architecture Walter & Oliver Tunbridge Award for Building of the Year*
Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (Townsville), James Cook University Jackson Architecture Regional Commendation

*Also received Regional Commendations



2017 North Queensland Regional  Architecture Awards Citations
Townsville Hospital Campus Redevelopment
Cox Architecture
This master planning redevelopment comprises of 7 buildings over an 8year period to stitch together existing hospital structures and new buildings with a series of landscaped courtyards. The introduction of artworks and a new material palette enhance the experience while branding the largest tertiary hospital in the north. 

Act for Kids Child and Family Centre of Excellence
m3architecture 
Emblematically tough but tender this collection of structures pivoted around a grove of trees at the forested edge of the university campus choreographs a passage for children's healing. The materiality and elemental assemblage of concrete block are both reverent of James Birrell and the concrete tradition of the James Cook campus. 

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (Townsville), James Cook University
Jackson Architecture 
Much is made of the dramatic mountainous landscape of Mt Stuart unexpectedly capitalised with framed near and far views throughout the facility. The clarity and legibility of the plan belies the technical complexity of this research facility and carefully controlled daylight floods deep into the plan of the laboratories. 

Stuart Street House
Outcrop Architecture
Nestled on the side of the iconic Castle Hill reserve this house pays deference to the landscape. A stair climb, living room inverted balcony, swimming pool and bbq deck offer indelible engagement of varying scale with the beauty of the panorama while the colour palette respectfully compliment the rugged hillscape. 

James Cook University CBD Campus
Conrad Gargett 
A Pandora's box welcome lounge at street front offers a hint of the prominent presence JCU achieves within the redevelopment of Flinders Street. Spread over 1000 m2 this Engagement Centre provides 2 floors of teaching and study space including the first moot court in North Queensland. 



For the full list of Far North Queensland Entries, Results & Citations click here.


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