Shute Harbour Marine Terminal | AECOM Australia Pty Ltd

Shute Harbour Marine Terminal | AECOM Australia Pty Ltd | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Shute Harbour Marine Terminal | AECOM Australia Pty Ltd

Traditional Land Owners
Ngaro people
Year
2023
Chapter

Queensland

Region

North Queensland

Category
Public Architecture
Builder
Vassallo Constructions Pty Ltd
Photographer
Christopher Fredrick Jones
Project summary

AECOM’s new Shute Harbour Marine Terminal is an expression of its environment and the building’s function as a focus of tourism and recreation in the region.

Cyclone Debbie damaged the historic Shute Harbour Marine Terminal beyond repair, leading to the demolition of a facility that, for over 50 years had served locals and tourists. Timber salvaged from the old pontoons is repurposed, referencing this devastating natural event and capitalising on an opportunity to give this beautiful material a second life, providing shade to the building while reducing embodied energy and carbon emissions.

The screen is profiled to reflect the undulating skyline of islands and sea and creates a sheltered penumbra that mediates the harsh exterior light of the tropics and the cool and dark interior.

Materials draw on the colours and textures of the sea edge – basalt, sand, and bleached shells – neutral tones against the azure sky and turquoise sea.

The Shute Harbour Marine Terminal reopened in December 2021, providing a gateway to a range of resort connections, tours, and Whitsunday experiences. The facility has been raised for greater resilience to storms and the inclusion of recycled timber decking salvaged from the site post cyclone continues the narrative of connecting the old and new.

AECOM understood Council’s objectives – to promote tourism to the region and provide a practical marina facility for the community – and have designed a building that re-establishes the commercial functionality of the terminal while capturing the spirit of the Whitsunday experience, becoming a landmark in the Whitsundays.

Project Practice Team

Colin Janes, Project Architect
Eduardo Bozalongo, Architectural team member
Gye Seok Lee, Graduate of Architecture
James Dorrat, Project Director
Philipp Maerky, Technical Lead
Samantha Taylor, Design Architect

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