REGIONAL AIRPORT REDEVELOPMENT
Far North Queensland

 

(Mark Williams Architects) listens to the client’s needs. Quick to respond to changes. Time quoted to do a job is accurate. Helpful in explaining the requirements of building. Knowledgeable and polite.

 ANDREW COSGROVE | RIO TINTO PROJECT MANAGER

44_P3_Portico

23_P1_Overall

15_P2_Awning

53_P4_Arrivals

Working with Rehbein Airport Consulting (RAC), MWA were engaged to investigate the architectural possibilities for the redevelopment of a prominent far North Queensland regional air passenger transport hub. The project was driven primarily by changes to regulations requiring full passenger and baggage security scanning along with predicted increases in traffic driven by increased mining and Federal Government activity in the region.

Originally engaged to assist with conceptual design and feasibility advice centred upon identifying possibilities for refurbishing the existing terminal building or constructing a new facility MWA later moved to development and documentation of the new terminal option. Due to a change in client circumstances the project was abandoned in favour of temporary upgrades to the existing terminal building part way through contract documentation.

Uniquely located as a gateway to the Cape York Peninsula, the design explores the concept of “earth and lightness” as an architectural identity for the region. “Earth” is a reference to the bauxite ground that is inextricably linked to the economic and cultural identity of the region and is reflected in the design through bauxite mass walls that anchor the seeling lightweight structure to the ground. “Lightness” on the other hand, is a reflection upon climatic imperatives of shade and ventilation while at the same time drawing upon an impermanence borne out of local indigenous building materials and methods of fashioning temporary shelter. The concept of ‘lightness’ is used as a means for regulating the threshold between the internal function of the building and the external environment. ‘Lightness’ enlivens the building edges offering protection to users and creating spaces to meet, farewell and interact with the local environment & culture.

COMMENCED
March 2011

CURRENT STATUS
Unbuilt