2017 Queensland Regional Architecture Awards: North Queensland

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Act for Kids Child and Family Centre of Excellence by M3 Architecture.

Act for Kids Child and Family Centre of Excellence by M3 Architecture. Image: Peter Bennetts

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Stuart Street House by Outcrop Architecture.

Stuart Street House by Outcrop Architecture. Image: Matthew Gianoulis

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Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (Townsville), James Cook University by Jackson Architecture.

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (Townsville), James Cook University by Jackson Architecture. Image: Andrew Rankin

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The 2017 North Queensland Architecture Awards were announced on Friday 12 May at a ceremony in Cairns.

The Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter recognized three projects with Regional Commendations. Of these, two received additional honours.

Stuart Street House by Outcrop Architecture. Image:  Matthew Gianoulis

The highest accolade, the Walter and Oliver Tunbridge Award for Building of the Year, went to the Act for Kids Child and Family Centre of Excellence in Townsville by M3 Architecture. The jury lauded the centre as  an “emblematically tough but tender collection of structures” that “pivots around a grove of trees at the forested edge of the university campus’ and ‘choreographs a passage for children’s healing.” 

Read Michael Keniger’s review of the project here.

Stuart Street House by Outcrop Architecture was awarded the North Queensland House of the Year Award, which paid particular praise to the way the house engaged with the landscape. “A stair climb, living room, inverted balcony, swimming pool and barbeque deck” offer “indelible engagement of varying scale with the beauty of the panorama, while the colour palette respectfully complements the rugged hillscape.”

All projects recognized will progress to the Queensland State Architecture Awards, to be announced in Brisbane on 23 June.

The winners and recipients of regional commendations are:

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (Townsville), James Cook University by Jackson Architecture. Image:  Andrew Rankin

Walter and Oliver Turnbridge Award for Building of the Year

Act for Kids Child and Family Centre of Excellence – M3 Architecture

House of the Year

Stuart Street House – Outcrop Architecture

Regional Commendations 

Act for Kids Child and Family Centre of Excellence – M3 Architecture

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (Townsville), James Cook University – Jackson Architecture

Stuart Street House – Outcrop Architecture


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