Tropical residence in Palm Cove designed by TPG Architects goes on market by roger mainwood

This property at 9 Colonel Cummings Drive Palm Cove overlooking the ocean was designed by Roger Mainwood and took five years to build.

According to Elizabeth Tilley writing in the Cairns Post and Courier Mail, owners David and Sharron Probert built the home from scratch after buying the 500 sqm block of land for $585,000 in 2002.

“We landed in Cairns with no intention of buying land, but on the very first day in far north Queensland, we came across this piece of land that had some of the best views we’d ever seen and we knew straight away this plot could be home,” Mr Probert said. Read the rest of the article here.

Cairns City Centre Master Plan Unveiled by roger mainwood

TPG Architects led the design team in a collaborative partnership with TCL, CA Architects , Andrew Prowse Landscape Architect and Council’s Strategic Planning Department. In an overarching vision which embraces tropical urbanism, the design strategies adopted by CRC envision a vibrant, safe, sustainable and better connected hub which celebrates culture and promotes economic growth.

For more information and to download the master plan, visit CRC’s website via the following link:

Article written by Roger and Stefanie from TPG featured in Architecture Australia Magazine by roger mainwood

Image courtesy of Architecture Australia

Image courtesy of Architecture Australia

TPG director Roger Mainwood and graduate architect Stefanie Field contributed this article, first published in Architecture Australia for its Jan/Feb 2019 edition. Designed by Bud Branningan Architects, the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre in Karumba (pictured above) was awarded the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter prize for public projects.

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New Chinese Cultural Centre for Cairns by TPG Architects by roger mainwood


The Year of the Pig will see a beautiful new community centre and museum to house the Lit Sung Goong Temple collection for CADCAI, celebrating the founding families of Cairns’ historical and contemporary Chinese community. TPG Architects look forward to the development of this exciting project. Meet you by the moon gate soon.

CoCA Redevelopment Cairns 2019 by roger mainwood

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2019 is set to be an exciting year in the cultural life of Cairns. Arts Queensland has announced TPG’s design for the major upgrade to the revitalised Centre of Contemporary Arts (CoCA). Incorporated in the sun shade screen facade will be a digital screen that will platform curated public art. Depicted here is My Country by Mornington Island artist Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb Paula Paul, 2009.

To see the design plans on Arts Queensland’s website, click here.

Cairns Hockey Association's new stadium taking shape by roger mainwood

January 2019

Construction for stage 1 of the $2.7M upgrade of the Cairns North Sports Precinct is underway.

This Commonwealth-funded project will assist the growth of hockey in the Far North in alignment with development strategies for Northern Australia.

TPG Architects devised a master plan which will see a new stadium linking the ‘Rainforest’ and ‘Reef’ pitches, enabling a sweeping overview of both fields for spectators during tournaments and practice sessions.

The new stadium will serve as a welcoming contemporary facility hosting local sports and international visitors alike. We look forward to watching the project unfold in the coming months.

Two of the Best Hotels in Australia by TPG Architects in the News by roger mainwood


January 2019

Two Port Douglas projects by TPG Architects made the top ten in the latest Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for best hotels in Australia. Congratulations to Peninsula Boutique Hotel at #4 and Freestyle Resort at #10.

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Photo credits from left to right: Peninsula streetfront from, Peninsula pool shots by TPG Architects.
Freestyle facade by, Freestyle pool shots from

49 Macrossan Street Port Douglas by roger mainwood

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These holiday apartments offer private luxury living space with a sophisticated street presence. Located in the centre of Port Douglas, the seven apartments have either two or three bedrooms, including a penthouse with rooftop pool. Embracing the tropical setting, a covered walkway over a private rainforest bridge leads to each front door.

Each apartment has been designed to maximise the feeling of light, while embracing tropical living through light materials, water features and timber accents. Proudly created to be as eco-friendly as possible with solar panels, battery storage and smart technology, the single-stacked stepped design captures natural airflow which generates passive cooling and reduces the use of air conditioning, hence reducing electricity bills substantially.

For more project images, visit the gallery here.

CoCA Redevelopment by roger mainwood


TPG Architects have been appointed by Arts Queensland to carry out the design work in a $3.5 million transformation and revitalision of the Centre of Contemporary Arts in Cairns. In consultation with acclaimed visual artist Brian Robinson and choreographer Pauline Lampton, the regeneration is to include a fresh, modernised facade, activated and inviting street-level design, new studio spaces, public artworks, inclusive green spaces and links to corridors slated for further enhancement and development within Cairns’ cultural precinct.

For further information, follow Arts Queensland’s link here: