Architect Ann M Gee.
Architect Ann M Gee. Bruce Thomas

Japan inspires Sawtell architect

SAWTELL-based architect Ann M Gee has always been interested in Japanese design so it was natural that a recent trip there saw her compiling an album of photographs of buildings and interesting architectural features.

So she had plenty of references at her fingertips when she was asked by Coffs Harbour City Council to provide designs for a series of pavilions for the city’s Japanese Garden.

Ms Gee said the timber-framed zinc-roofed designs she had created were contemporary but had their roots in Japanese tradition, while the use of zinc for roofing meant curved and unusual details could be achieved ‘without too much trouble’.

Coffs Harbour City Council’s manager of recreational services, Frank Soltau, said he had received the detailed plans last week for the waterside pavilion; contemplation pavilion, gatehouse pavilion, covered walkway and wisteria viewing terrace.

The design for the waterside teahouse pavilion includes a lockable kitchen and Mr Soltau said they envisaged the site would be popular for weddings and other functions.

He said the plans had been discussed with the Friends of the Botanic Garden and would now be sent to Sasebo for comments from the Japanese landscape architect who visited Coffs Harbour and held local workshops two years ago.

He said his final comments would be incorporated into the plans, which were likely to then go on display at the Botanic Garden.

A master plan for the Japanese Garden was created by Geolink in 2007.

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