We sat down with the team and asked them what it was like to work for O.G.E Group.
QLD Open House Sunshine Coast
On Saturday October 20th 2018 the public got their chance to walk through and hear all about the challenges and rewards from designing and building the Beach Box in Buddina by owner and Architect John Robertson.
We sat down with the O.G.E Team and asked them what it was like to live on the Sunshine Coast.
Laura Hodgson: Architecture Graduate
I am continuously amazed by the potential architecture and design hold as a devise for crafting a healthier world to inhabit. I am passionate about architecture and all things design. I am interested in the relationship between built form, the landscape and the spaces in between. I love collaborating and working as part of a team (and O.G.E is the best team). I am a mother, a designer and a dreamer.
The project has 2 central ideas that form the concept: The references to Double Eagle both as golfing achievement and majestic bird. The other is the family.
Like the eagle, the project soars to new heights as a market leader and the silhouetted form of all 8 towers attempts to emulate the rise and fall of the eagle’s graceful wings with central tower no 5 becoming the raised head.
The buildings have also been conceived as a family or team. Where each can have individuality whilst still remaining part of a whole. Tower 5 becomes the father of the family with its dominant height and centrality, while the corner towers, number 1 & 8 are like the older brothers protecting the family.
These corner forms act like billboards which bookend the project and become the interfaces to the adjacent neighborhood and greater context. Aside from the corners, the towers are joined in a symbiotic relationship with each arranged in pairs, joined at their entries and cores, seemingly leaning on each other for mutual support.
The projects success as a whole, is due to its balance of both the metaphorical concepts above, combined with the rigorous and pragmatic rhythms afforded through the simplicity and sustainability of modulation.
This balanced composition also draws from references to traditional Chinese materials like, beautiful stone, colourful textiles and the warmth of bamboo. We hope this project fulfills its expectations and can become a success for Zhongshan.
Local architect and sole director of O.G.E Group, John Robertson, believes that good architecture must challenge, test and respond to countless variables, which is exactly what he has achieved with his contemporary and eco-friendly ‘Beach Box’ in Buddina.
“This modern-day shack uses three shipping containers as the primary structural building blocks and has the extremely modest and almost unbelievable budget of $170,000 to construct, which certainly isn’t something you hear these days for a modern beachside home.”
Full article here: Live Sunshine Coast
O.G.E’s favourite publication ‘Green Magazine’ features our award winning Beach Box Project. Click images to have a sneak peak. Green Magazine can be found at all leading news agencies.