Council's $6.2m Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre has been judged the Far North's building of the year by the Australian Institute of Architects.
The stunning Visitor Centre, designed by Charles Wright Architects of Port Douglas, was awarded the Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year. It also claimed one of five Regional Commendations awarded by the AIA.
The judges proclaimed designer Charles Wright's grand design as "a courageous and radical departure from classic crafted and lightweight Queensland visitor centres."
"This alternative approach … has clearly generated a potent sense of place and use of light. [The project] exhibits both outstanding working and visitor environments within a clear sustainability ethos.”