2017 Queensland Regional Architecture Awards: Far North Queensland

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

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

Munro Martin Parklands by
CA Architects.

Munro Martin Parklands by CA Architects.

Image: Colyn Huber

The Regional Project of the Year Award went to the Munro Martin Parklands by CA Architects. The jury praised the project’s “clever use of landscaping that minimizes traffic noise while subtly encouraging people to explore the park and celebrate the heritage aspects of the site,” and said the project delivered a “vibrant tropical design incorporating an outdoor theatre setting with a dramatic, green proscenium in the heart of Cairns.”

Cape Tribulation House by M3 Architecture.

Cape Tribulation House by M3 Architecture.

Image: Peter Bennetts

Cape Tribulation House in Daintree by M3 Architecture was named the House of the Year. The jury described the house as “a reassuring guide to reveal the built form as a lens and mirror to the rainforest” and paid particular praise to the “breezeway deck with pavilions offering contemplation and comfort. A disciplined respect for the rainforest drives the holistic approach from siting to occupation.”

Read the project review by Rowena Hockin here.

Total Projects Group Architects received the Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year for their “humble and respectful restoration” of the Cairns Museum School of Arts building.

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:

Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year

Cairns Museum - The School of Arts Building – Total Project Group Architects

House of the Year

Cape Tribulation HouseM3 Architecture

Regional Project of the Year

Munro Martin Parklands – CA Architecture

Regional Commendations

Cairns Museum - The School of Arts Building – Total Project Group Architects

Cape Tribulation HouseM3 Architecture

O’Shea House – Julianne McAlloon Architects

Haddad Residence – Total Project Group Architects

Munro Martin Parklands – CA Architecture

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