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Four Coffs Coast projects compete for architecture award

A VISIONARY model for a wildlife hospital, innovative public amenities and stunning homes have showcased outstanding architectural design practice on the Coffs Coast.

Four projects in the local area are competing for honours in this year's coveted Australian Institute of Architects' NSW Country Division Awards.

They include:

Atrium Residence by g2 Architects bringing to life a client's vision to "live in a gallery that is also a sculpture".

This modernist residence in Sapphire Beach represents a strong geometric response to site and planning conditions. The singular easterly ocean view on the long axis, subdivision setbacks, and the client's requirement for a central Atrium, generated a series of articulated rectangular volumes. The full height easterly glazing showcases the vista throughout the upper level including the Main Bedroom at its western-most point. Translucent north windows on these volumes provide privacy, shape the view, and provide even light throughout. To contrast with the rectilinear geometry a conch shaped helical stair leads from the arrival points via the Atrium to the upper Living Area, Lap Pool and ocean view. Study, Media Room and Artist's Studio occupy the lower level, transforming to bedrooms through concealed wall beds, ensuring flexible occupation year round. This home is truly a machine for living, balancing response to site, stylistic intent and the requirements of its two residents.
This modernist residence in Sapphire Beach represents a strong geometric response to site and planning conditions. The singular easterly ocean view on the long axis, subdivision setbacks, and the client's requirement for a central Atrium, generated a series of articulated rectangular volumes. The full height easterly glazing showcases the vista throughout the upper level including the Main Bedroom at its western-most point. Translucent north windows on these volumes provide privacy, shape the view, and provide even light throughout. To contrast with the rectilinear geometry a conch shaped helical stair leads from the arrival points via the Atrium to the upper Living Area, Lap Pool and ocean view. Study, Media Room and Artist's Studio occupy the lower level, transforming to bedrooms through concealed wall beds, ensuring flexible occupation year round. This home is truly a machine for living, balancing response to site, stylistic intent and the requirements of its two residents. Peter Sechi

Coffs Coast Wildlife Centre by Regional Architects an Eco-Tourism Development situated on 5.7ha of land on the banks of the Boambee Creek.

The development aims to sit lightly within the landscape maintaining all significant trees and as much of the ground plane vegetation as possible. This is to be achieved by building the accommodation modules 4-5m above ground level.The project construction is based on Australian Hardwood. This timber is being sourced from a local subdivision development. The timber will not only feature throughout the project but will become a project narrative with interpretive educational displays outlining the history and use of Australian HWD's.The Wildlife Centre will be pivital in funding the Wildlife Hospital as well as providing an education based natural experience in the heart of Coffs Harbour for locals and tourists alike.
The development aims to sit lightly within the landscape maintaining all significant trees and as much of the ground plane vegetation as possible. This is to be achieved by building the accommodation modules 4-5m above ground level.The project construction is based on Australian Hardwood. This timber is being sourced from a local subdivision development. The timber will not only feature throughout the project but will become a project narrative with interpretive educational displays outlining the history and use of Australian HWD's.The Wildlife Centre will be pivital in funding the Wildlife Hospital as well as providing an education based natural experience in the heart of Coffs Harbour for locals and tourists alike. Contributed

Coffs Coast Wildlife Hospital also by Regional Architects is based on a new model for a self-funded Wildlife Hospital facility.

 Coffs Coast Koala and Wildlife Research and Teaching Hospital will be run by a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue and treatment of between 5000 and 8000 animals per year. The considerable funding requirements for these existing facilities rely heavily on donations, grants and benefactors to stay open.
Coffs Coast Koala and Wildlife Research and Teaching Hospital will be run by a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue and treatment of between 5000 and 8000 animals per year. The considerable funding requirements for these existing facilities rely heavily on donations, grants and benefactors to stay open. contributed

Macauley's Headland Amenities by g2 Architects which provided Coffs Harbour City Council a new-wave amenities block.

The new amenities block at Macauley's Headland represents a prototyping process for Coffs Harbour City Council. g2 architects was enlisted to 'reinvent the public amenity structure' following community feedback about existing facilities.The resultant design is robust and responsive to its environment. Board form concrete walls are finished with an anti-graffiti coating giving an aged timber appearance. These walls contrast with operable screens of intersecting timber and steel that echo the filtered beach view through dunes and banksia trees. The screens provide security at night and visibility into the common area when open. A floating cast concrete roof drains to a single point negating gutters, and the gloss white paint finish acts as a reflective surface for low-maintenance wall mounted lighting.Macauley's Headland Amenities is light, airy, secure, vandal resistant and proudly owned by the regulars at the beach. The design is being used and adapted for other local sites.
The new amenities block at Macauley's Headland represents a prototyping process for Coffs Harbour City Council. g2 architects was enlisted to 'reinvent the public amenity structure' following community feedback about existing facilities.The resultant design is robust and responsive to its environment. Board form concrete walls are finished with an anti-graffiti coating giving an aged timber appearance. These walls contrast with operable screens of intersecting timber and steel that echo the filtered beach view through dunes and banksia trees. The screens provide security at night and visibility into the common area when open. A floating cast concrete roof drains to a single point negating gutters, and the gloss white paint finish acts as a reflective surface for low-maintenance wall mounted lighting.Macauley's Headland Amenities is light, airy, secure, vandal resistant and proudly owned by the regulars at the beach. The design is being used and adapted for other local sites.

"Our distinctive coastal and country landscape provides challenges but also endless opportunities for truly inspiring architectural design," NSW Chapter President Andrew Nimmo said.

"This year's award entries demonstrate innovation and excellence in creative, solutions-orientated approaches that are evident in the high degree of local environmental amenity achieved."

Award winners are scheduled to be announced on October 5.

These five are among 31 projects competing in eight award categories. Winners of the seven categories will be decided by a panel of expert judges from the industry, with a final category to be decided by members of the public who can show their support for a local, or favourite, project by voting in the People's Choice Award before 5pm on 29 September 2017.

You can cast your vote for the People's Choice Award  by clicking here.  

Topics:  coffs coast advocate coffs harbour



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