Our first architectural award was given for a group of five timber bungalows at Mission Beach in 1983. At that time, we were also working on a number of other projects in North Queensland including Cape Tribulation, Magnetic Island and Cooktown. During our travels we preferred to stay on the Cairns “north shore” –especially the Reef House at Palm Cove. During this time we became well versed in the principles of tropical design.
Since then the small coastal village and esplanade of Palm Cove has developed rapidly. Unlike other Queensland coastal edges, this precinct grew with a certain urban flare. Within an almost experimental arena, a very successful “mixed use” precinct resulted where pedestrians and vehicles share the same circulation strip. Shade trees, interesting facades, restaurants, shops, entrances, all create a strong connection between the townscape on one side of the esplanade and the ocean on the other. Palm Cove has always been cosmopolitan, yet the comprehensive range of holiday facilities ensures a broad spectrum of people.
Before our firm contemplated the Noosaville foreshore plan we used some of the photos from Palm Cove to illustrate our ideas to the Noosa Council. Many of the design initiatives have resulted in Palm Cove being one of Queenslands’ foremost esplanade addresses.
Our architecture is site and location driven with particular emphasis on the view vistas, wind/sun control, privacy and indoor-outdoor living. We also continue to strive to reinvent apartment spaces to suit contemporary living patterns. I have walked and jogged past the “Sanctuary” site many times and looked forward to contributing to the Palm Cove village fabric.