Innovation Centre in Cairns, Australia

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Innovation Centre in Cairns, Australia

Architectural Development, Australia – design by Wilson Architects and Clarke & Prince Architects

7 Nov 2018

Cairns Innovation Centre

Design: Wilson Architects and Clarke & Prince Architects

Location: Cairns, Australia

Wilson Architects + Clarke & Prince Architects win bid to design new Innovation Centre

James Cook University (JCU) has selected Wilson Architects and Clarke & Prince Architects to design their new $30M Cairns Innovation Centre (CIC).

Innovation Centre in Cairns Australia

JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the Centre will foster a culture of entrepreneurship.

Innovation Centre in Cairns Australia

“The Cairns Innovation Centre will tap into JCU’s and the region’s tropical knowledge and expertise. It will catalyse and accelerate the translation of research and new business ideas into products and services that are in high demand in the Far North and beyond,” Professor Harding says.

Innovation Centre in Cairns Australia

“It will be a place where business people, entrepreneurs, community organisations, researchers, educators and students can work and learn from each other.”

Innovation Centre in Cairns Australia

Wilson Architects Director Hamilton Wilson says the project will drive economic growth and diversity in Cairns, and attract innovators from around the globe to the city.

“We’re excited to collaborate with JCU on this groundbreaking project,” Wilson says.

“The CIC will serve as an innovation centre to translate research, ideas and ambition into products and processes with real commercial application.”

Innovation Centre in Cairns Australia

The design of the building itself, as you’d expect, is highly innovative. Wilson Architects and Clarke & Prince Architects used origami as a metaphor for the transformation of ideas and developed a building form that abstractly references this craft.

“Innovation often begins with an idea, and needs people and process to further develop it to successful create an elegant solution,” Wilson says.

“Likewise, origami is an art form that takes the prosaic (a simple piece of paper) and transforms it into something beautiful.”

At night, the building turns into a digital moving graphic, as the façade takes on projected images and colours that can easily be seen from the nearby highway.

Innovation Centre in Cairns Australia

The project is expected to reach completion by late 2019.

Cairns Innovation Centre – Building Information

Architects:
Wilson Architects
Clarke & Prince Architects

Innovation Centre in Cairns, Australia images / information received 071118


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