About the project

The redevelopment of Cairns Base Hospital (by MSJ with Jackson Architects and Fischer Buttrose Architects) comprises a new CSB with 531 beds, 54 ambulatory care beds and 13 operating theatres.

The project successfully links Lake Street and The Esplanade via a landscape loggia with the building's form sculptured to respond defined entry points and optimise views out. The building's screen reduce the intensity of the harsh tropical sun whilst acting as a shield from frequent cyclones. Inspired by the yellow, white and crimson red of the frangipani, the exterior colours mark the entry, identify spaces and connect with vibrancy of the interior design. The new building work seamlessly integrates the renovation and expansion of four existing buildings to provide additional cardiac care facilities, day surgery unit, new specialist clinics and pathology services, an integrated mental health unit, a comprehensive cancer care unit as well as new radiation oncology services.