Queenscliff Ferry Terminal takes out coveted international architectural accolade

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Queenscliff Ferry Terminal takes out coveted international architectural accolade

Credit: Tim Griffith
Words by Staff Writer

The stunning new Queenscliff Ferry Terminal has been recognised on the world stage taking home a prestigious international architectural award – The Architectural Masterprize.

In a resounding triumph for cutting-edge design, the newly unveiled Queenscliff Ferry Terminal has etched its name on the global architectural stage by securing the prestigious international honour, The Architectural Masterprize. The accolade, awarded in the Transportation Category, positions the terminal as the “Best of the Best” in a field of distinguished global entries.

Adding an extra layer of glory to this architectural feat is the recognition bestowed upon the official architectural photographer, Tim Griffith, who received a top honour at the Architecture Masterprize Photography awards.

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The recent triumphs at The Architectural Masterprize follow the terminal’s earlier commendation in the Public Architecture category at the Victorian Architecture Awards in June, solidifying its status as a beacon of architectural brilliance.

Designed by Melbourne architect Franco Fiorentini and the F2 Architecture team, the terminal stands as a striking testament to innovative design principles. Nestled into the coastline, the building draws inspiration from its surroundings and historical context, creating a visually arresting structure.

The architecture features sweeping arches that frame panoramic views of Swan Island to the north and Port Philip Heads to the south. The elongated wings, extending from the roof line, not only provide shelter from the elements but also pay homage to the diverse species of stingrays inhabiting Port Phillip Bay.

The new world-class Queenscliff Ferry Terminal honoured at Victorian Architecture Awards

Step inside, and the interior captivates with its light and airy ambiance, boasting dramatic three-metre-high ceilings and striking feature lighting. The ground floor hosts a concierge counter, a retail gift store, and the contemporary restaurant TARRA Queenscliff.

Venturing to the first floor, visitors are treated to a passenger lounge adorned with multiple seating areas and breathtaking bay views. A state-of-the-art gangway seamlessly connects the ferry to the lounge, while light-filled function spaces at the western end are serviced by two bar areas.

Officially opened in April 2023 by Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles after 15 years of meticulous planning, the Queenscliff Ferry Terminal is a triumph of architectural innovation.

Serving as a vital link between Queenscliff and Sorrento, the terminal facilitates Searoad Ferries’ car and passenger ferry services. Recognised as Australia’s busiest vehicle ferry service, it completes over 8,200 crossings annually, ferrying more than 950,000 passengers.

For those eager to experience this architectural marvel firsthand or embark on a scenic journey, tickets and additional information about the Queenscliff Ferry Terminal are available at searoad.com.au.