The 2degrees Renewables Innovation Hub was officially opened in Canberra on Tuesday 22 November 2016 by Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury MLA. The launch brought together over 150 like-minded individuals for the opening of this exciting new space and featured keynote speaker Ken Baldwin, Founding Director of the ANU Energy Change Institute.

peckvonhartel was engaged to design and deliver the innovation hub and, working closely with the construction manager, Kynetic, and the ACT Government, created a flexible workspace which meets the unique needs for the innovation hub and assists to drive the development of the renewable energy industry in the ACT.

The collaborative co-working office environment will bring together innovative startups and pioneering organisations from Australia and around the World to develop the ACT’s vibrant renewable energy and cleantech sectors. Funded by the renewable energy industry, the Hub provides opportunities for mentoring, knowledge brokering, introductions and networking, as well as providing an event space for workshops and briefings for stakeholders in the distribution, generation and storage of clean energy.

"The Hub is an exciting initiative to help grow networks for both start-ups and established organisations within Canberra's renewable energy sector."
- Jon Sibley, Executive Director of Energy Policy.

The Hub will also be used to showcase the work of local artists which relates to renewable energy offering links between the creative community and innovation. Currently featured within the Hub is a piece of art by local fashion label Zilpah Tart, recognised for capturing Canberra landscapes in multiple art forms.

Zilpah Tart with her Wind Farm print featured on the wall at the 2degrees Hub. Image Zilpah Tart

L-R: Ainsley Browne, ACT Property Group, Kendall Gaddes, peckvonhartel and Alan Seymour, Kinetic. Image City News