The Cairns Institute – James Cook University that located in Cairns, Australia, was designed by Woods Bagot. The aim of this project was to put The Cairns Institute and James Cook University (JCU) on the international stage to attract post-graduate students from around the globe and to enable the university to draw a high calibre of researchers drove the design vision. A $22 million (AUD) project to house specialists in the social sciences, humanities, law and business, to research issues of importance to people in the tropics worldwide.
The Cairns Institute seeks to create a landmark building that defines what this university is; in the tropics. The design sets to embrace its place and reason for existence; a building that celebrates being in the tropics, and fuels its purpose to house world-class researchers. This design integrates landscape into its very heart and uses it as its central theme.