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!      

g2 is A+

g2 is pleased to have qualified as an A+ Practice with the Australian Institute of Architects.

Our upgrade to an A+ membership category is good for us as well as being good for our clients.

As a client of our A+ practice, you can be assured that all architectural staff in our office have the relevant qualifications to be providing you with architectural design services, and that we continuously seek to be up to date with the latest standards, practices and products by undertaking Professional Development.

With all architects in the g2 office qualifying for A+ status, g2 now has access to a range of practice resources including Acumen, the Environment Design Guide, Standards Australia and HR+. This means that we can do our job more effectively for you.

As the Institute states, “A+ is about a whole of workplace commitment to best practice, the Institute and the future of the architectural profession”.

Why not bring your next architectural design challenge to g2 architects and experience the A+ advantage for yourself?

g2's 4th Ave Featured by James Hardie on Houzz

g2 was pleased that James Hardie liked our 4th Ave Beach Shack project enough to feature it on their Scyon page on Houzz. 

Both Ann and Oliver here at g2, and our clients, were delighted with the effect achieved using the Scyon Linea weatherboard system. We are pleased to see that James Hardie the product professionals approve of the end result too, considering the many beach houses clad with Scyon products around Australia each year.

For more information on the Love Shacks / Beach Shacks project have a wander on our webpage: http://g2architects.com.au/love-shacks-beach-shacks/  

Russell Crowes Loudly About Dark Arts Academy in g2's Recent Refurb.

A tweet from Russell Crowe has brightened our daily grind here at the g2 office.

Dubbing The Dark Arts Coffee Academy as "Coffs Harbour's hidden gem" Russell has put this new commercial premises in g2's recently completed Grafton St laneyway development on the map. 

Dark Arts Coffee Academy is one of the commercial tenancies occupying the newly opened Club 300 Arcade- the recently activated laneway connecting Grafton St to Cox Lane and underpinning the newly refurbished Club 300 Bowling and Bar. 

An edgy Melbourne-style cafe tucked within this laneway, Dark Arts Coffee Academy is quickly becoming renowned in the local community and beyond for its brewed beverages, creative cuisine, and edgy steampunk aesthetic.

Gaining a mention in the Sydney Morning Herald's 'Domain' Russell's tweet about Dark Arts Coffee Academy has certaining got the local Coffs community and our g2 office frothing with excitement. 

g2 Bowled Over- Club 300 Arcade Launch Coverage in Advocate

With a coffee in one hand and a copy of Wednesday's advocate in the other, the g2 team have taken a moment to celebrate the official launch of the Club 300 Bowl Arcade.

A complex and multifaceted project, Club 300 Bowling and Bar and the associated Arcade has signified a considerable design investment for the g2 architects team. Important for its prominence in the Coffs CBD, its many commercial tenancies, and its activation of pedestrian thoroughfares within the Coffs Harbour CBD Master Plan, this project has undergone several iterations, and required our design team to face and overcome challenges and constraints.

The g2 team is delighted to see this Grafton St project come to fruition. Club 300 Bowling and Bar now provides an exemplary bowling experience, with lift accessibility, synthetic lanes, air-conditioning, bar, catering, and a VIP lounge, making it an ideal venue for professional and recreational bowlers alike.

We wish Club 300 Bowling and Bar and its neighbours, the very best of success following the Arcades' official launch. Ann, Oliver and the g2 team will be sure to drop in for a bowl and a cocktail at Club 300 Bowling and Bar, indulge in a latte and lunch at Dark Arts Coffee Academy, and may potentially finance the outing with a trip to Coffs Harbour Pawn Brokers.    

There is more work coming within this building and the Cox Lane area so watch this space!

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g2's tres belle winner is......

Congratulations to Chris from Valla Beach- the winner of g2 architects' '2017 Home & Pet Expo' promotion!

Chris was one of the many homeowners and developers who stopped at the g2 booth to discuss her project, and enter her details in the draw.  g2 is thrilled to supply Chris with a one years subscription to Belle as well as a copy of Belle's Beautiful Australian Homes coffee table book.

It was a pleasure meeting with you Chris- Ann, Oliver and the g2 team hope you enjoy your prize! 

An 'Architect' is Born

Oliver is now an Architect!

It only took seven years of university, two degrees, ten years of industry experience, (some procrastination), and an APE, but g2 is proud to announce that Oliver Gee is now a registered Architect.

Previously operating as a "Graduate Architect", Oliver can now legally use the title "Architect", can undertake projects without supervision, and can provide services on large multi-story developments.

For those of you who are interested THE NSW ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION BOARD tells us that the use of the title "architect" is strictly regulated. In order to be deemed an architect a person must have: achieved a university qualification in architecture (or equivalent); logged a minimum of 3300 hours of supervised work experience covering each mandatory competency; pass the Architectural Practice Examination; and attain approval from the Registration Board.  

We are very proud of Oliver for this impressive achievement, and look forward to his architectural future.   

 

Oliver Gee- Registered Architect 16 November 2016

Oliver Gee- Registered Architect 16 November 2016

Churches and Eggs

In honour of Easter Sunday, here are some unusual churches and worship spaces, and to also pay homage to the more common celebration of Easter Sunday, we have some egg shaped buildings!

1. Bruder Klaus Field Chapel - Peter Zumthor

This the most amazing space - it was made by forming the outside concrete formwork normally but the inside was formed by 112 tree trunks laid like a tent.   When the concrete set they burnt the logs, resulting in the beautiful black corrugated walls you see.   The glinting lights are glass inserts into the formwork bolt holes.    Photos from and full articles at archdaily and dezeen

2. Church of the Light - Todao Ando

It's hard to think of someone who plays with light and form better than Todao Ando.   This church from 1989 strips away all the ornamentation associated with churches, and creates a simple beautiful space.   It inspires the kind of awe that people used to feel from the scale of churches centuries ago.   

3. Notre Dame du Ronchamp - Le Corbusier

When this church was built in 1954 it was completely outside of anything that had come before it and still defies categorisation.   It's sculptural and starkly beautiful form provides a meditative space that sparks wonder without the traditional ornamentation found in most churches

4. National Grand Theatre of China - Paul Andreu

Built in 2008 this mammoth ellipsoid spans 165m in 1 direction and 44m in the other.   It houses a concert hall, an opera hall and a theatre.   Photos and full article from archdaily

5. The treetop walk in Germany - Josef Stoeger

The highlight of the treetop walk is the 44 meter high tree tower, which is unique not only due to its delicate architectural form, but also in the way it is constructed over and around three ancient, impressive and up to 38 meter high spruces and beech trees. The ramp winds its way up around the trees for over 500 meters and offers unusual insights into the life and development of the three giants.

As a bonus - the same national park in Germany has a big slide! 

6. Hemloft treehouse - Joel Allen

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Its an egg shaped treehouse.   Enough said.   More info here