ROMANCE isn't a quality much regarded in contemporary architecture but the jury for the 2011 National Awards of the Australian Institute of Architects knew it when they saw it. The refurbished cruise boat terminal in Cairns, which won The Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage, is an elegant timber shed, updated with steel and glass inserts, that is redolent with its history as a tropical gateway to the South Pacific. It would have been easy to substitute it with something as shiny as a cruise ship but it has withstood 100 years of storms and cyclones and it’s not easy to replace that kind of atmosphere.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Herritage award for cruise terminal
The Australian has a report today on the 2011 Architectural Awards with some glowing references to the refurbished Cairns Cruise Terminal. Sadly, too late for a similar refurbishment of the old Cairns Yacht Club.