The Royal Flying Doctors Service – Mount Isa Base was awarded the highest honour at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2012 North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards. It received a Regional Commendation and the Walter and Oliver Turnbridge Award for Building of the Year.
A project consisting of prefabricated and flat-packed buildings, the buildings were planned around a densely landscaped courtyard which would provide shade, evaporative cooling, visual amenity and improved air quality for the occupants. The project’s passive cooling strategy included:
In addition to these, a low-tech mixed mechanical cooling strategy was introduced to reduce the building’s reliance on an air conditioning system:
The three modes can be used in isolation or combined to collectively reduce the load on the air conditioning system.
The courtyard plan was intended to promote segregation, privacy and security between office and clinical areas. The design also meant after-hours entry into meeting rooms and amenities was possible for external community events.
“Mathieu was integral to the success of this project…. It has been a pleasure to work with Mathieu, and I would have no hesitation in recommending him for any architectural projects.”
Project Manager, Royal Flying Doctor Service
|Royal Flying Doctor Service (Qld Section)|
|Mt Isa, Queensland|
|Bligh Tanner (Structural & Civil Engineers)|
|LEHR Consultants (Services Engineers)|
|Brett Beeson (Environmental Consultant)|
|Catherine Brouwer (Landscape Architect)|
|Project completed while at APA and reviewed by several mentors including:|
|Jon Henzell (Camera Obscura)|