Great Barrier Reef Arena | Cox Architecture

Designed by Cox Architecture and built by the community, for the community, Mackay’s Great Barrier Reef Arena is a hub for Culture, Sports, and Community celebrations. The Arena offers world-class facilities for a diverse range of events, including concerts, elite sports, and cultural festivals.
The design emulates the colours, cultures, and landscape typical of the region. Indigenous culture and traditions, the early Maltese immigrants and the people that have built this region are celebrated in the design. The new grandstand is deeply rooted into the landscape and is conceived as growing out of the landscape. Its roof, founded in the new plaza, slowly rises as it hugs the oval to cover the players and media facility. It floats over a rusticated ribbed wall that grows out of the landscape, establishing a unique simplicity of two elements, one hovering over the other.

Mundingburra Housing | Counterpoint Architecture

Mundingburra Housing is an exemplar regional public housing project that delivers 18 new homes in Townsville. The project responds directly to its specific surrounding context and aims to create opportunities for both individual identity and a sense of community for its residents.

A landscaped communal space is at the heart of the scheme. All homes are linked to this open space both visually and through pedestrian walkways. This space is intended to foster a sense of community and create opportunities for casual interaction between residents.

Building forms and materiality also directly reference precedents found in the surrounding postwar suburban context and splashes of colour have been selectively introduced into the covered outdoor spaces to further reinforce a sense of individual identity for each of the homes, as well as to enliven and further de-institutionalise the overall complex.

Riverway Library | Counterpoint Architecture

The Riverway Library project breathes new life into a beloved community asset for the Townsville Community. The Thuringowa Library has been relocated to the existing precinct, seamlessly integrating with the Lagoon, Art Gallery, Sport Facilities, and Parklands. The transformed library occupies spaces formerly used for a performance venue and features a Café, bookable meeting rooms, a Changing Places Adult Accessible Change facility, and the innovative “MixHaus Makerspace.”

Overcoming design challenges, the project opens up the previously dark performance space, allowing natural light and views of the swimming lagoon and river. The library offers diverse spaces for quiet contemplation and collaborative work, including reading nooks, collaborative booths, and meeting rooms strategically placed with river views. The architecture embraces organic forms, with a unique curving ‘curtain’ defining the library space, paying homage to the former stage curtains while blending with the river landscape.

Whitsunday Anglican School STEAM Centre | BSPN Architecture

Whitsunday Anglican School has undertaken a visionary journey with its development of the STEAM Centre, epitomizing a dedication to educational excellence and community connectivity.

With a design philosophy of enhancement, innovation and legacy, the Centre fosters creativity, collaboration, and enterprise among students while forging tangible links with regional industries.

It serves as a dynamic educational hub for students, staff, and the wider community, enriching learning experiences and fostering partnerships with local businesses.

Seamlessly integrated into the existing campus, the Centre embodies a thoughtful approach to urban campus school design, blurring boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Housing cutting-edge laboratories, versatile maker spaces, and a contemporary library, every aspect is meticulously crafted to meet the evolving needs of students and educators.

The STEAM Centre represents a transformative vision for regional education, it is a place where minds are engaged and inspired, where students are encouraged to seek and achieve.

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