Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment
Innovative reconditioning/adaptive reuse of an historic wharf shed and wharf spaces to multifunctional space with high quality waterfront public areas
Contemporary design that accentuates the historical significance of the site
The project is a key element of the Cairns Cityport Master Plan which has transformed the waterfront into an urban public realm. The client prioritised the conservation of the wharf’s historic sheds and artefacts as well as the creation of waterfront public space. The design sought to fulfil these aspirations by engaging multiple historic elements with a language of new social follies that are fabricated from salvaged timbers. These are designed to create portals to particular places of historic and environmental interest.
The Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment implements and combines sustainable development solutions across social, cultural, economic and environmental realms. It received the Australian Institute of Architects’ Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year in the 2013 Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards, and the Don Roderick Award for Heritage in the 2013 Queensland State Architecture Awards. These awards demonstrate a clear recognition of its contribution to Cairns and its history.