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.
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