Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards’ winners unveiled

Two projects have taken out top honours in the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2013 Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards announced tonight.

Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment by CA Architects and Cox Rayner Architects in association with O’Neill Architecture received a Regional Commendation and the Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year.‘The Cairns Foreshore Development is an important contribution to the urban design puzzle for Cairns.

Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment Robert Gesink.
Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment by CA Architects and Cox Rayner Architects in association with O’Neill Architecture. Image by Robert Gesink.

‘The Cairns Foreshore Development is an important contribution to the urban design puzzle for Cairns.

‘It provides a flexible and intriguing set of spaces and makes impressive reuse of the existing hardwood timber from the site.

‘The fusion of playground, sculpture, outdoor shelters and amenities ensures that it is embraced by the whole community,’ the jury said.

The jury awarded the House of the Year Award to Charles Wright Architects for their Glass House project.

‘Glass House is an experiment in sampling the modernist principals of Phillip Johnson’s icon and melding it with a contemporary mode of living in the tropics. It is an adventurous move by both architect and client.

‘Its brave approach is matched and revealed by an exquisite use of detail and material. It is a striking contribution to the lexicon of tropical architecture,’ the jury noted.

Charles Wright Architects Glass House Patrick Bingham Halls
Glass House by Charles Wright Architects. Image by Patrick Bingham Hall.

This year locals had the opportunity to vote for their favourite project in the People’s Choice Award which went to James Cook University Lecture Theatre by Suters Architects.

Fifteen projects were entered in the awards in commercial, heritage, interior, public, residential and small project architecture and urban design categories.

In total the jury awarded nine Regional Commendations in addition to the Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year and the House of the Year.

 

Regional Commendations:

JCU Central Energy Plant Clarke and Prince Pty Ltd Commercial Architecture Smithfield
Mt Sheridan Plaza Cairns Reddog Architects Pty Ltd Commercial Architecture Cairns
Retail Store and Offices Lockhart River Kevin O’Brien Architects in association with Project Services Commercial Architecture Lockhart River
Undara Experience EdgeArchitecture Commercial Architecture Mt Surprise
Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment CA Architects & Cox Rayner Architects in association with O’Neill Architecture Heritage Cairns
Glass House Charles Wright Architects Residential Architecture – Houses Edge Hill
Charles Street Residences Studio Mango Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Cairns North
Curator’s Office – Tank Arts Centre Total Project Group Architects Small Project Architecture Cairns North
Re-Newell Charles Wright Architects Small Project Architecture Newell Beach

 

Far North Queensland Regional Jury Coordinator Dr Shaneen Fantin, Principal at People Oriented Design and Juror Andrew Lane, Principal at Indij Architectural & Interior Design along with Lay Juror Kier Shorey, Presenter of the Breakfast Show on ABC Far North Queensland, assisted the 2013 Awards Jury Director, Mark Damant (Woods Bagot) and Deputy Director, Liam Proberts (bureau^proberts) and State Jurors, Eloise Atkinson (Deicke Richards Architects) and Paul Curran (PUSH Architects) with selecting the winning projects, which now progress to the coveted Queensland Architecture Awards to be announced in Brisbane on 21 June.

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