Cairns Performing Arts Center wins State Prize for Public Architecture



Cairns Performing Arts Center wins State Prize for Public Architecture

Designed in collaboration by CA Architects and Cox Architecture, the Cairns Performing Arts Center won first prize at the Queensland Architecture Awards 2021 and was named the recipient of the FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture.

As the winner of the Queensland Prize, the Cairns Performing Arts Center (CPAC) will advance to the National Architecture Awards to be announced in November.

The state-of-the-art building, which opened in late 2018, is part of a cultural district with Munro Martin Parklands, which offers a 950-seat Proscenium Arch main theater, a 400-seat flexible studio and an external performance amphitheater. with a capacity of 3,000.

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said this latest accolade bolsters CPAC’s status as a state-of-the-art facility, noting “there is no doubt that the team at CA Architects and Cox Architecture has brought our vision to life of creating a place where people can marvel at the beauty of the art world and be inspired by their performances.

“They designed a building that can accommodate new technology, larger shows and more complex sets and that meets the needs of our community over the long term.

“CPAC, along with neighboring Munro Martin Parklands, sets the standard for regional performing arts spaces.

The win follows last week’s recognition of Munro Martin Parklands by the Australian Institute of Horticulture and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

The Australian Institute of Horticulture won the Green Space Regional Award 2020.

The park, designed by Cairns landscape architect Andrew Prowse, received the AILA Award of Excellence in the Parks and Open Spaces category at the 2021 Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards earlier this month.

MMP has tropical plantations, vine-covered pergolas and arbors, and an outdoor plaza, which has hosted a range of live performances.

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