It’s only June and yet we have managed to survive six months of natural disasters, dooms day prophecies and planking. Amongst the chaos, Base Architecture has managed to have a few more jobs completed and have a few adventures. It feels like just yesterday we were camping on the beautiful beaches of Moreton Island celebrating the end of 2010 in true Base style — fishing, 4WDing, sand-boarding and jet-skiing. Hopefully we can end this year with a million dollar holiday thanks to Queensland Tourism’s Million Dollar Memo.



Kings Café at Farringford (Stage 2 of Mirvac’s Tennyson Reach development) directly joins the central plaza area between two apartment buildings and is opposite the main entrance to the Queensland Tennis Centre.

The layout of the spaces also allows for flexibility based on off-peak consumer periods and private functions. Colours and textures used mimic the surrounding gabion walls, gum trees and reflective light from the river yet the richness of the materials is balanced by the simplicity of the design.


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We’re proud to announce that Julie Lawrence and Kelly Martin were recently appointed as Associates of Base Architecture. We would like to congratulate Julie and Kelly and thank them for their hard work at Base. Their appointment as Associates is a reflection of their hard work, commitment and experience as architects as well as their ability to lead and provide guidance within our team.

Our last newsletter mentioned our preparations to welcome Giova Castillo’s baby Mia in to the world. Mia is now a gorgeous, happy, seven month old and Giova has recently returned to work part time back at Base. Welcome back Giova!

John Hyde was married in April at a lovely ceremony in Byron Bay, we wish John and Poppie all the best for their lives together.

In an interesting chain of events, our Office Manager, Jess Groves decided to participate in the Leukaemia Foundation’s “World’s Greatest Shave”, raising $2862.10 and shaving her head for the cause — what a brave woman!


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As our Facebook and Blog followers would know, in response to the floods in South East Queensland, we set up a flood relief task force to help clean up some affected areas. We would like to thank some of our friends at Window Image, Mangano IT, Contrast Constructions, and McIvor Constructions for their generous donations to the cause.We closed the office for a week and visited Karalee in Ipswich, Goodna, Chelmer and Graceville.Our efforts ranged from cleaning windows, to shovelling mud, emptying a mud and fish filled swimming pool with a chain of buckets, demolishing ruined interiors, and most importantly supplying a sausage sizzle to residents and other volunteers.


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On a brighter note, we have still managed to have our fair share of fun, with some activities such as a DIY design-build project and a few competitions to keep us entertained.What started as a lunch-time conversation about introducing a plasma to our meeting room turned into a full-team project of design, demolition and construction of our revamped meeting room. Not that we’re bragging but for a DIY project, we think we did a pretty good job!


In April we entered Tourism Queensland’s competition, Million Dollar Memo, whereby companies enter a one minute video showcasing their office, staff and the highlights of Queensland. We are keeping our fingers and toes crossed, hoping to win the overall prize of one million dollars to spend on a holiday in Queensland for the whole office.

We are already reaping the rewards of an early bird incentive prize with our video scoring us $50,000 worth of Apple vouchers to share within the team! BIG thanks go to Thomas Price from The Smile Factory for his incredible effort filming and editing our video! You can help us win the Million Dollar Memo by checking out our video and pressing “like”.



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Here at Base we like to have at least one exciting team event to look forward to, so last weekend we went on a 1000km roadtrip to Bellingen, NSW to camp out on the beautiful property of one of our upcoming projects. Over the course of the weekend we studied the site and began our design process with a full immersion in the incredible landscape!

We also incorporated some fun challenges to promote our Million Dollar Memo entry. In the lead up to the announcement of the top 20 we have stepped up our efforts to impress the panel of judges and we have a series of challenges and promotional events coming up — so keep track of our journey on our Million Dollar Memo blog. Click below to see the video of our weekend adventure!

Shawn & Chris have also volunteered themselves for OXFAM Australia’s Trailwalker Challenge in Sydney at the end of August. The Challenge is a 100km trek from the Hawkesbury to the Harbour which is to be completed in 48 hours. The boys’ goal is to raise $5000 for OXFAM’s work in Australia and overseas and to complete the trek in 36 hours, along with a support crew of other Base team members. To support the “Base Bandits” team CLICK HERE


Regards, Shawn Godwin.

From everyone at Base, we hope 2011 is proving to be a great year, both

personally and professionally, and we thank you for your ongoing support and interest in our work!