The (-) Glass House by Charles Wright Architects is a clever interpretation of a modernist icon, the Glass House by Phillip Johnson, adapted to a tropical environment. This brave and innovative step in tropical living in Australia is beautiful, sustainable, functional and extremely efficient.
This residence is set on the slopes of Mount Whitfield. The home is a stunning rainforest eyrie with views across Cairns to Trinity Inlet and the Coral Sea. The design philosophy was to create the feel of a single storey home grounded in the earth on a steep and challenging hill site.
This residence is a former Girl Guide clubhouse re-imagined as a contemporary tropical home. An emphasis on easy mobility and access led to a spacious single-level design. The generous grounds have been transformed into a lush botanical garden. A sense of retreat within this garden is the central focus of the design.
The Bishop's House is a former Roman-Catholic monastery built in 1930 for the Augustinian Fathers who administered the Vicariate Apostolic of Cooktown, and St Monica's Parish in Cairns. The building is an excellent example of a monastery building designed for a tropical climate. It illustrates the tradition of building in re-inforced concrete, favoured in cyclone-prone Cairns since the early 1900s.
This home, on a 740 square metre block in the beachside suburb of Holloways Beach, is one of two designed by David Langston-Jones, side by side at the end of a cul-de-sac. David, who'd previously worked for the English firm Foster & Partners, (renowned for their high tech steel and glass constructions) followed the ethos of the management manual for wet tropics, which guides appropriate design for the climate. He embraced sustainability, using low energy-use systems, especially convection cooling.
The heritage adaptation of Cairns oldest public building, the School of Arts, has seen it restored to reflect its original appearance. A new street-front extension now houses the Cairns Museum. The building occupies a focal corner of what is known as City Place, the historical heart of the Cairns CBD. The design approach to this project began with the idea of this central streetscape as a living museum.
A cutting edge science facility by Charles Wright Architects, proposed as a new prototype for educational buildings in tropical latitude. Science symbols and experiments inspired the design, which is open to interpretation as helix, slinky or apparatus providing an iconic image of science in the eye of a child.
The redevelopment of Munro Martin Parklands is a significant improvement to the cultural opportunities for the citizens of Cairns and the many visitors to the city. It is an exciting addition to the Cairns Performing Arts Precinct suitable for a wide range of events from high profile performances to picnics and quiet visits to the park. The project was recently named the Queensland Regional Project of Year 2017 at the Australian Institute of Architects annual Architecture Awards.