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.

New Farm State School | BVN

The heritage listed New Farm State School has taken a leap towards the future of education while respecting the distinctive character of its neighbourhood.
New Farm residents are understandably proud of their suburb as a characteristic place. While devising a new master plan for the campus, we demonstrated an inclusive process of community engagement, running multiple workshops with the school and public.
The expanded campus visually integrates with the neighbourhood, brings more green space to the area, improves wayfinding and traffic flow and incorporates a welcoming place for community engagement and participation.

A new ‘learning street’ has been cut through the middle of the school, linking the original facilities with two new multi–storey contemporary learning hubs, connected by outdoor rooms. The learning street flows between indoor and outdoor learning and play spaces, creating a series of vibrant and colourful contemporary learning environments with a neighbourhood street feel.

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