Bayden Goddard Design Architects (BGD Architects) is a design based practice established in 2003 by Bayden Goddard. Located in the Gold Coast, the firm's portfolio ranges from projects in Brisbane and Bondi, to New York and the South of France.
Goddard grew up on the Gold Coast and currently still lives on the coastal area with his young family. Architecture & Design spoke to him about the Gold Coast skyline, the city’s influences and the myths about architects.
How would you define the Gold Coast's architecture today?
Improving. There are fantastic examples of great architecture sprinkled all over the Gold Coast, but in particular the residential high rises that define our skyline have improved vastly.
How do you think it could improve?
As the Gold Coast continues to mature, there will be real pressure on urban planning, but as long as great architecture, a focus on recreational spaces and the soul of the Gold Coast – the coast itself – is maintained as an inspiration and lifestyle focus, we will continue to improve. We are a definite work in progress.
What do you think the Gold Coast will look like in 10 years time?
I think the Gold Coast has started to develop its own international beachside style already and will continue to do so over the next 10 years. It's an eclectic mix of influences that can stimulate great architecture instead of just simply imitating the past, or elsewhere.
You've said there is the myth that architects are expensive. What other myths do you think people have about architects?
Where could you stop – there are many myths surrounding architects. The bottom line is architects are university trained and registered in all states to be called an architect. Like all professions, architects tend to have varying styles, skills, strengths and personal attributes so if you do your research, speak to a few and choose one you think you can work collaboratively with. The process and outcome should dispel any myths anyway.
What has been your favourite project to date?
I honestly don't have a favourite project. We have been very fortunate to work with great people to achieve exceptional outcomes and there are many projects that are my favourite – all for vastly different reasons.
What is one project you wish you had designed?
The Opera House, but I am too young. But seriously, in Australia there are a few. I do really admire Ogilvie Residence and Singapore Cricket Pavilion by Kerry Hill and Whale Beach House by Alex Popov.
What building has had a profound impact on you?
Kaufman House in Palm Springs by Ricahrd Neutra is my favourite. I am consistently drawn to the 50s and 60s architecture of Palm Springs, but I also admire the modern residential works in Brazil by Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogen.
Kaufman House by Ricahrd Neutra. Image: Thom Watson. Source: Archdaily