Project Overview

Construction of a 5-storey, 76-room, boutique hotel in Cairns, with a roof top bar and garden. The hotel was built above live retail tenancies, including some with 24-hour trading operations.


The project room layout demanded the delivery of Daylight to Internal rooms with no windows to the outside.
The proposed solution was to provide lighting ducts with False windows internally and through these cast daylight into the internal rooms.

The Architects discussed the scenario with Solatube Australia and design proceeded utilising Solatube SolaMaster Daylighting Units with 99.7% Spectralight Infinity tubes to deliver Daylight from the Top/Roof level to the 1st Floor and the associated floors above.


SolaMaster 750DS systems were selected as best option to meet the projects objectives. Long tube lengths were required up to 17+ meters long, which were enclosed within fire rated ducts – this allowed the Daylight to be delivered through the long tubes into these ducts and through false internal windows within the room.

Solatube Daylighting Systems used in project:
SolaMaster 17- 750DS Units – including Inner Domes
Spectralight Infinity 17 Drops – 600mm long tubes – 418 off
Prismatic Diffusers – 17 off

Developer – Kelly Developments – Cairns
Builder – Bryant Building Contractors – Cairns
Architect – CA Architects – Cairns