Cruise Whitsundays Terminal

Cruise Whitsundays Terminal

Project Lead: Phillip Shore
Design Lead: Phillip Shore
Stea Astute Architecture
Year: 2014
Status: Complete
Project Type: Maritime / Passenger Terminal

Having inherited a DA which included a very prescribed building form and tectonic, various challenges arose to maintain an architectural integrity which expressed the heart of Cruise Whitsundays and its patrons alike.

Serving as both passenger terminal and national head office, the building’s internal program required careful consideration. The movement of hundreds of patrons per day was a critical design priority. From drop off, to check-in, to pontoon, the path of travel needed to be instinctive. The cues provided by constant visual connection to the pontoon, and the feature internal architectural elements, minimised the need for more formal way-finding mediums. 

Located on the upper level the head office included a simple layout and palette of finishes which facilitated CWS’s existing workstations and storage units. A unique approach to the extremity of the level 1 footprint allowed for visual connection to the key ground floor public spaces and pontoon while maximising entry of natural daylight to the upper level offices. 

With a finite budget, no cost overruns and minimal contract administration, the client was very pleased with Cadway’s construction detail, services coordination and quality of architectural and interior design throughout.