CODA Studio is delighted to announce we’ve just won the 2009 ‘Think Brick’ About Face Award!
At an Award Presentation in Sydney last week, CODA’s Kieran Wong and Emma Williamson collected the prestigious baked clay prize for the studio’s innovative design solution to youth homelessness in Mandurah, WA.
Only six Australian firms were invited to take part in this year’s About Face Awards; and CODA was the only studio selected from Western Australia. CODA is therefore incredibly proud to be declared as this year’s About Face winner in recognition of its ability to create “socially responsive architectural designs”.
The brief was perfectly in synch with CODA’s ambition to create affordable, relevant urban housing solutions and sustainable, intelligent designs. CODA’s Kieran Wong and Emma Williamson return from Sydney early in October; when the winning trophy will take residence on the mantelpiece at CODA’s Beaconsfield office.
CODA’s winning design aimed to provide a comprehensive solution to youth homelessness in Mandurah by offering various types of accommodation and onsite support for residents. The scheme consists of four building types and stages; starting with the hostel on the south west corner, meeting, therapy and lecture rooms, a resource and internet lounge, staff accommodation, a commercial kitchen and café for training and small retail spaces.
ABOUT FACE JURY COMMENTS
About Face Awards 2009
The 2009 About Face competition was focused on the theme of socially responsive architecture and was explored by Brisbane’s Owen and Vokes, Perth’s CODA, Sydney’s DRAW and Marsh Cashman Koolloos and Minifie Nixon and Paul Morgan Architects from Melbourne.
In choosing the winner CODA and two highly commended entries from Draw and Owen and Vokes, the jury focused on the architectural interpretation of the social agenda criteria and how well researched and thorough the responses were to the social and innovation issues that were chosen to be addressed.
In the opinion of the jury the beauty and innovation evident in CODA’s mixed-use proposal was developed on the strength of a direct idea and the strategic invention of a new brick type, this approach was grounded in primary research that embraced social issues, while delivering compelling innovation and a genuine solution. Their entry showed a carefully balanced design ambition, combining new textural possibilities achievable within modest manufacturing processes, with the delivery of a robust social program.
AND HERE ARE SOME AWARD NIGHT PICS…