Altair louvre windows from Breezway were selected for a heritage listed building on Cairns Foreshore in Queensland to create a cool and comfortable interior.

The commercial redevelopment project in Cairns consisted of renovation to more than a kilometre of waterfront property. CA Architects worked with the heritage listed existing building, structurally reinforcing it on the outside to retain the quality of the interior, re-using the poor quality timber as landscape furniture and artwork, and creating new spaces externally for people to enjoy the framed views.

High level Altair louvre windows by Breezway were incorporated into the design to allow hot rising air to escape and be replaced with cooling breezes without the need for air conditioning.

Gisela Jung of CA Architects worked as the lead architect on this project in close collaboration with other consultants, implementing and combining suitable development solutions at social, cultural, economic and environmental levels.

This redevelopment project received the Australian Institute of Architects’ Eddie Oribin Award for ‘Building of the Year’ in the 2013 Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards, and the Don Roderick ‘Award for Heritage’ in the 2013 Queensland State Architecture Awards.