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The Cairns Institute – James Cook University / Woods Bagot + RPA Architects

  • 01:00 - 4 November, 2013
The Cairns Institute – James Cook University / Woods Bagot + RPA Architects
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Text description provided by the architects. Part of James Cook University (JCU), the Cairns Institute is a brand new tropical research centre with architecture by Woods Bagot and RPA Architects. The design reflects the beautiful, tropical landscape of far north Queensland while also providing a contemporary research and collaboration environment with the highest technological standards.

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Cradled on three sides by rain forested slopes, the site draws the tropical landscape into the heart of the campus, creating a stimulating environment for students and staff.

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Intrinsic to the design proposition is the celebration and enrichment of the Institute’s rainforest backdrop. The facade is layered and evolutionary – the building form is informed by the surrounding landscape, the design goal of this project was to create a building that blurred into the landscape itself

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An evolving landscape skin, a ‘trellis’, defines the building and encapsulates aesthetics and sun control, as well as a variety of micro climate ecologies around the building that are suited to their function and orientation.

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Courtesy of Woods Bagot + RPA Architects

The design also assists in minimising running costs for JCU whilst contributing to the quality of environment, and is in line with the university’s aspiration to achieve a sustainable outcome for the building.

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The design team, led by Woods Bagot Brisbane Principal Mark Damant, has created a building that represents its place and its context while employing innovative architectural elements.

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Courtesy of Woods Bagot + RPA Architects

“A truly imaginative and integrated design solution that was distinctive and uniquely desirable to JCU’s community was paramount,” said Mark. “Attracting the best researchers was a central aim of the university, so it was crucial to create an environment that optimised the working experience to a point where people would love engaging with the building.”

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The Institute, which opened in July 2013, is a repository of regional knowledge and research capacity, perfectly positioned to make a significant contribution to the development of a sustainable quality of life for tropical communities.

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Cite: "The Cairns Institute – James Cook University / Woods Bagot + RPA Architects" 04 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/444243/the-cairns-institute-nil-james-cook-university-woods-bagot-rpa-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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