Cox Architecture t/a Cox Rayner Architects
Jayson Blight + Michael Rayner
BHP Australia Architectural Design Award 2000 • AIA Queensland Harry Marks Sustainability Commendation 2000 • AIA Queensland State Tourism Award 1997
Christopher Frederick Jones
Cairns Convention Centre was Cox Architecture Pty Limited t/a Cox Rayner’s second major project in Queensland after the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Its design as a timber-supported structure is based upon the tradition of large historic timber port and farming sheds in and around Cairns. The deeply serrated roof is a means of capturing torrential tropical storms for storage and reuse. This geometry also enabled the roof to rotate into a fan shape that orientates the front to Cairns’ waterfront. For its time, the Convention Centre incorporated several innovative environmental sustainability technologies, such as solar-responsive timber louvres and vortex rainheads that syphon water efficiently into tanks.