HIA Winner!!! Best Alterations and Additions under $400,000

 Kath and Paul from Paul Newton Constructions (left) Ann Gee from g2 architects (middle) and homeowners Anthony and Kerrie Hall (right), winners of Best Alterations and Additions under $400,000 Northern NSW HIA Award.

Kath and Paul from Paul Newton Constructions (left) Ann Gee from g2 architects (middle) and homeowners Anthony and Kerrie Hall (right), winners of Best Alterations and Additions under $400,000 Northern NSW HIA Award.

g2 architects were thrilled to be part of the winning team at the HIA Awards on Saturday Night.

Paul Newton Constructions in conjunction with g2 architects and clients Tony and Kerrie Hall were awarded HIA Northern NSW Best Alterations and Additions Under $400,000.

g2 architects sends a huge congratulations to all contributors, and to our lovely Ann Gee for her skillful and sensitive architectural design for the restoration and rehabilitation of this Former Jetty Police Station heritage residence.

A stunning result from a dedicated team. Well done!

g2 architects like to THINK BRICK

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g2 architects were proud to enter the gorgeous permeable paving featured in our Love Shack project for the 2018 Think Brick Awards. Congratulations to adbri masonry, Dragonfly Landscapes, Jay Webber, and Redbelly for a truly fantastic result!

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The Love Shacks / Beach Shacks project consists of two holiday cottages, and a main residence situated in the beachside village of Sawtell, Northern NSW.

Designed to provide the clients with uncompromising luxury and privacy in their own home, while incorporating two additional holiday-let cottages for income, this project required architectural and technological ingenuity. On a 790sqm site underpinned by dunes, comfortably fitting three discrete residences that would perform well in a sub-tropical climate was a challenge.

Many interesting technologies were employed in this build, particularly the permeable paving by adbri masonry. Permeable paving directed storm water back into the aquifer, reducing the size of the retention pit and minimizing runoff. The pavers are functional allowing drainage into the dune while providing the necessary rigidity for driveways and pathways. Adbri’s permeable pavers add character consistent with a beach aesthetic and have been used in the paving of the outdoor shower- ready for a post-swim rinse.

The appeal of the Beach Shacks speaks to the dedication of the project team- architectural design by g2 architects, construction by Jay Webber, landscape design by Redbelly and Dragonfly Landscapes, a vision for the cottages nurtured by wonderful clients, and permeable paving by adbri masonry.  

g2 architects are Mental for Mentally Healthy Workplaces

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Who knew that mental health in the workplace has a HUGE impact on business productivity; the mental health of employees AND their children; is as important to the average employee as WAGES; and is just as critical for Workplace Health and Safety as physical health?… Well now we do!

Ann, Oliver and Liz from g2 architects Pty. Ltd. participated in a fantastic Mentally Healthy Workplaces Workshop at Coffs Cex yesterday. We look forward to implementing our learning here at g2, as well as advocating for good mental health in our surrounding community.

So from us here at g2, we are asking you:


A g2 Fireplace Retrospective.

As winter closes in, g2 takes a walk down archive lane to revisit some of our favourite fireplaces and heating schemes in g2 builds.

 Outdoor Firepit Atrium Residence  Claudia Nevell- Garden Expressions.

Outdoor Firepit Atrium Residence Claudia Nevell- Garden Expressions.

 A traditional hearth scene Upper Orara Residence.

A traditional hearth scene Upper Orara Residence.

 Love Shacks / Beach Shacks modern double-sided fireplace.

Love Shacks / Beach Shacks modern double-sided fireplace.

 Gee Residence- Tectonic flooring allows for the aesthetics of wood, and the heat conductivity of a concrete floor. Inslab plumbing circulates solar-heated water through the floor and lap pool, in an innovative and sustainable heating solution. 

Gee Residence- Tectonic flooring allows for the aesthetics of wood, and the heat conductivity of a concrete floor. Inslab plumbing circulates solar-heated water through the floor and lap pool, in an innovative and sustainable heating solution. 

A Project Close to Our Hearts- New ASPECT Macarthur Campus Opens in Coffs Harbour

Some projects are so much more than bricks and mortar. Attending the opening of the new ASPECT Macarthur Coffs Harbour Campus last Wednesday, both Ann and Oliver were fully aware of the significance of this renovation project. First approached by ASPECT in 2015, the g2 team assisted in the lengthy redesign process, converting the Campus from a Council utility building, to the welcoming and peaceful educational facility that it is today.  The new ASPECT school will facilitate specialized learning support for its students, providing an invaluable resource for the Coffs Harbour community, and local children on the Autism Spectrum. 

The Campus' opening was especially moving with a Welcome to Country by Uncle Mark Flanders, addresses by CEO Adrian Ford, Board Chair Julie Hamblin, Director Elizabeth Gadek, and Mayor Denise Knight, followed by refreshments served in the gardens landscaped and generously donated by Green with Envy Landscapes, on picnic tables handmade and donated to the School by the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed, and an anthem sung by the ASPECT Macarthur Coffs Harbour student choir.    

Aspect gave thanks to everyone who contributed to funding the new campus with special thanks to Sargent Pies Charitable Foundation and Enterprise and Training Company. Thanks was also given to the parents, including mother Laura Daley, who campaigned tirelessly for the facility. 

g2 looks forward to a successful future for Aspect School and the students that attend there.

Community Invited to Help Create City's Heart

A new Library, Gallery and Civic space is proposed for Coffs Harbour's CBD. Oliver from g2 architects has been working for the past 18 months with Coffs Harbour City Council, consultants, and the community, as part of the Project Team to define the brief, assess designs, and facilitate community consultation. 

Have your say and contribute to the design process by clicking here  https://haveyoursay.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/cultural-and-civic-space  

Blushing Pink at g2

They say "charity begins at home" and for the g2 home-office this is doubly true. From time to time g2 is asked to contribute our architectural assistance to local charitable and community based projects. Thank you Pink Silks for your recent recognition. We are mindful of all you do for our local community.  

g2 is back in the office for 2018

We've had our festivities, our holiday cheer, and our annual office clean out... now the g2 team have launched head-long back into the exciting projects on our books for 2018. 

Have a project that you would like to talk to an architect about?

Why not give g2 a ring or drop by for a FREE initial consultation and talk to Ann and Oliver about your premises?  


g2 Proud- Club 300 Bowling and Bar Recognised for Disability Inclusion

Club 300 Bowling and Bar was one of three Coffs Coast Businesses recognised with Business Awards for outstanding disability inclusion and access as part of recent International Day of People with a Disability celebrations.

Club 300 was commended for its encouragement and support for people with a disability to participate in ten pin bowling.

g2's architectural design for the venue enhanced accessibility for patrons with the inclusion of a lift, ramps, and accessible toilets.

Owner, of Club 300 Bowling and Bar, Trevor Smith, also established a successful bowling event held each Monday for people with a disability.

g2 commends Club 300 Bowling and Bar for their achievement, and for their ongoing contribution to our local community.

g2's ATRIUM wins HIA Housing Awards- A Triumph for EJ & PG Horspool Builders

g2 architects Pty Ltd. bestow congratulations, accolades and a rousing round of applause on EJ & PG Horspool for their masterful construction and completion of the Atrium Residence in Sapphire Beach. 

Atrium Residence, a stunning modular beach-house in Sapphire Beach, represents a collaboration between g2 architects, Natural Habitat Interiors and Design, Garden Expressions, and award winning builder Eric Horspool from EJ & PJ Horspool Builders.

For their construction of the project EJ & PJ Horspool Builders were awarded:

2017 HIA Northern NSW Custom Built Home $1,000,001 to $2,500,000

2017 HIA Northern NSW Custom Built Home of the Year

2017 HIA Northern NSW Home of the Year

g2 congratulate all contractors involved in project completion including Owen Lewis Carpentry, Dave Williams Carpentry, and others.

The Atrium project showcased a high level of workmanship and design. We consider it a triumph of collaboration between professionals and truly wonderful clients.  

g2 architects Co-Host AIA Collaborate Conference in Sunny Sawtell

As well as designing houses, Ann and Oliver Gee from g2 architects were busy designing, co-hosting and generally COLLABORATING for the Australian Institute of Architects Country Conference in Coffs Harbour this October. 

Held from the 3–6 October, in Sawtell and Coffs Harbour's Pacific Bay Resort, the NSW Country Division Conference was a must attend event for regional architects. This institute event allowed architects to catch up with colleagues and friends from across NSW and beyond, obtain CPD points and join in for a week of lively conversation and fun.

Speakers included Ken Maher, Amy Child, Garry Murray, SueAnne Ware, Andrew Nimmo along with Ann and Oliver Gee discussing their recent Sawtell Cinema heritage renovation

At g2 architects continuing Professional Development is a large component of our practice. Design often includes collaboration: partnering with contractors, visioning with stakeholders and creating across disciplines. 'Collaborate' Conference 2017 allowed architects from across NSW to hear ten unique perspectives on the process of Collaboration from inside and outside of the profession. 

The winners of the 2017 NSW Country Division Awards were announced at a gala dinner held on the Thursday evening.

g2 architects Proudly Support Conservatorium Gala 2017

g2 architects were proud to support Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium's 2017 Gala Concert.

Held in the recently renovated CHRC Performance Space the Gala celebrated the wonderful ensembles, scholarship holders, and students of the Conservatorium in a farewell spectacular honoring Artistic Director Trish O'Brien.

Ann Gee and the g2 architects team are proud proponents of the Arts. Ann's ongoing participation as a CHRC Board Member, and as an architectural consultant, contributed to the relocation of the Conservatorium to its Bray St premises. g2 was also pleased to design the Conservatorium's recently renovated Performance Space. Congratulations to all musicians participating in the Gala, and to the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium on their exciting year of alterations and improvements!