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3 June, 2021

CPAC steps into the spotlight at Regional Architecture Awards

The new Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) received dual accolades at the Australian Institute of Architects’ Regional Architecture Awards. The Centre, designed by CA Architects and Cox Architecture in collaboration, was crowned The Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year, along with a regional commendation in public architecture.


The building, located in the heart of the city, is part of a cultural precinct with associated Munro Martin Parklands. The design responds to the city’s dramatic tropical setting and creates a world-class arts precinct by combining advanced facilities, increased audience capacity and state-of-the-art technology.

It features a main arch theatre of 950 seats, a 400-seat flexible studio and an external performance amphitheatre with a capacity of 3,000. The project reflects a commitment to both residents and the broader region with links to the Torres Strait and the islands of the Pacific Rim.

The judges described it as “beautiful inside and out”. They applauded its immensely flexible staging, and technical capabilities.

The team at CPAC said the Centre will attract the very best touring shows, whilst providing a professional platform for home-grown performers. It will also increase liveability for the regional community, stimulating cultural and creative vitality and economic growth in the region.

In addition to the Centre, an additional eight awards were presented across a range of categories including Far North Queensland Award for Sustainable Architecture, Far North Queensland House of the Year Award and Regional Project of the Year Prize. As with all of the region’s awarded projects, the Cairns Performing Arts Centre has now been shortlisted for the Australian Institute of Architects’ Queensland Architecture Awards. The state awards will be judged and awarded in June 2021.


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