Things We Love in Freo

It’s no secret that we love Fremantle and in previous columns we’ve shared our favourite places to eat, drink and enjoy the culture of our town. This time we’re excited to reveal our favourite places to shop for clothes in Freo!

With its edited collection of clothing, jewellery and vintage ephemera, Ginger Morris has been on our regular rotation for a couple of years. The shop is located in a beautiful building on South Terrace, not far from Wild Bakery and The Local, making it the perfect place to visit over a leisurely weekend.


Our new favourite is totally different in aesthetic and dangerously close to our studio. Asylum stocks men’s and women’s clothing and accessories by labels such as Zambesi, PAM, NOM*D, Henrik Vibskov and personal favourite, MM6 Maison Margiela. It’s basically like stepping into an architect’s dream wardrobe.

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After so many years of having to rely on crossing the bridge for retail therapy, it’s great to be able to confidently shop in our home town.

CODA wins at the Freo Biz Awards!


Last Friday night was very exciting as we received the award for Excellence in Professional Service at the annual Fremantle Chamber of Commerce awards! We were particularly delighted to win as we shared our category with a genuinely excellent selection of Fremantle businesses: FAJ IT, Ellen Health, AB Physiotherapy and Caporn Young.

The night was good fun, with the theme of Moulin Rouge providing with an opportunity to bring out the feathers. Congratulations to the other winners of the night!

Things We Love in Freo



Corner Store really knows how to get our hearts racing. Gorgeous giftware, beautiful objects for home and a classic 1970’s warehouse designed by renowned architect Raymond Jones.



Things only got better last week when revealed their latest project: an industrial extension to the shop housing a hairdresser, beautician, clothing boutique, florist and a chicken dressed like Carmen Miranda. Make sure you visit next time you’re in Freo!

FullSizeRender[7]FullSizeRender[6]The mural is by talented illustrator Rebecca Wetzler and is even better in real life!

Corner Store: 147 South Terrace, Fremantle.

Things We Love In Freo


The summer calendar holds many wonderful events in Perth with an abundance of festivals and entertainment to soak up. This year is particularly exciting with the inauguration of Fremantle’s very own leg of the annual Fringe World Festival, appropriately named Freo Royale!

Held from the 4th– 15th February, with some of the acts also taking place during the Fringe Festival from late January and throughout February, the line-up of performances looks very exciting, with cabaret, music, visual arts, comedy and theatre events happening all over town.

Old Whalers Tunnel

There are 11 locations scattered around Fremantle, with acts setting up in some of the many beautiful venues Fremantle has to offer, including the PS Art Space, Kidogo Arthouse, The Odd Fellow, the historical Victoria Hall and even the beautiful old whalers tunnel beneath the Round House.

We’re particularly looking forward to spending a few balmy evenings at the ‘Kings Square Common’, which will be one of the main attractions during the festival, running from the 4th – 8th February outside MANY 6160. Hosting a pop-up bar, plenty of free entertainment, music, retail and food stalls; it’s looking like the Freo Royale experience promises to be an action-packed and entertaining addition to summer’s frivolities!


Artist Open House Fremantle


This November, as part of the Fremantle Festival, artists will open up their South Freo homes to the public for the display and sale of their work for Artist Open House Fremantle. AOHF’s mission is to make art accessible and affordable for everyone and provides a wonderful opportunity to visit five different homes exhibiting the work of over 25 emerging and established artists.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the work of Bo Wong, Kieran’s talented sister, and thanks to our very own Sarah Blangiardo from Feast Your Eyes who has been assisting with AOHF!

Read more about AOHF here.

Lemon Tree House: a new proposition for Gen Y

As we revealed a few week’s ago, CODA staffer Sally Weerts was part of a team shortlisted for Landcorp’s Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project. With the winner announced earlier this week, we’re now free to share with you Sally, Mitch Hill and Amy McDonnell’s beautiful and considered scheme:


The project seeks to reawaken a suburban nostalgia that is specific to Generation Y. One that that rekindles childhood memories of summer cricket games on the street, meeting the neighbour perched over the back fence, washing your sandy feet at the front door step after an afternoon at the beach and sharing home made lemonade with a neighbour on the porch. The intent of the ground floor space is to to engage the occupant with the street and the neighborhood in a way that inverts those traditional spatial relationships that see the habitable outdoor spaces at the back of the house. Shifting these activities to the front of the house and designing the edges of the ground floor envelope to be habitable encourage an interaction with street on all facades.

The housing market today allows first home buyers to select one of two options; living in the inner city in a small one or two bedroom apartment, or move to the very outer suburbs and build your very own 4×2 on a street with lots of other very similar looking houses. This site, as well as the brief provided by landcorp, has enabled a new and exciting housing solution to fill this gap. Designed to grow with the life of the occupant, the scheme lends itself to multiple living arrangements and financial capabilities.  With this ‘elastic housing’ approach Generation Y is able to buy their first home with the assurance that it will grow and shrink with their needs over a lifetime.  A solution that not only sees economic benefits but sustainability in the way we build housing in Perth. 







Kings Square Design Competition Stage 2

CODA is extremely proud to have been one of the three practices shortlisted on the international Kings Square design competition.

Our team worked passionately over the past month to develop a scheme that elegantly references the past whilst at the same time elevates Fremantle’s central heart to a place of urban connections and civic delight. Our scheme sought to create a magical interior, a place of shade, play and activity within a joyous and colourful Urban Room. We saw the urban room to be a place of civic and community pride, a space to hold events day and night all year round, under cover and away from the fickleness of the weather.

Our scheme rejected generic formalism and delivered a nuanced and urban response to Fremantle’s proud cultural social and built heritage that was both a celebration of the past and an evocation of a brighter future. The building was a bricolage, its many fragments operating as links to the fine grain of the City, and reinforced the townscape of Fremantle with its thick walls and inner worlds of repose.

Most importantly, we sought to activate and energise the surrounding streets and Kings Square by locating the library and many important community and council services onto all three street elevations. The library was located over two levels, with outdoor reading rooms, children’s activity spaces on the ground floor, along with a prominent home for the City’s Local History section over the City Desk. We also suggested FOUND – the Fremantle Art’s Centres retail outlet could locate a satellite store promoting the creative industries of Fremantle to a wider audience. The FAC is a great community icon for the city, and its satellite store could have been the venue for more intimate artist-in-residence programs, along with openings and launches within the City’s new home.

One of Fremantle’s greatest assets is its engaged and proud community and our scheme delivered a vibrant and beautiful town civic centre that spoke as much to them as it did to the requirements of local government. By adjoining a new foyer and terrace we not only connected the Town Hall to the Urban Room, but also allowed the community to interact and observe the workings of the council directly. We strongly believe the council’s elected members should be part of its community; open and accessible to the broader public, with the inner workings of the council process ‘on display’ to it’s constituents.

Although disappointed with the result, we are proud of the design work completed, and its celebration of everything that make Freo such a unique place in the world.

Our Stage 1 and Stage 2 submissions will be available here shortly. The drawings and physical model of our scheme will be on display at the former Myer building until Christmas. If you can’t make it down, here’s the film that we made to accompany our entry. Make sure your volume’s turned up – it’s a recording from a local busker, fined tuned by our resident DJ, John Tanner…sounds great!

Kings Square Competition Fly Through from CODA Studio on Vimeo.

(ps. if the film doesn’t immediately load, please hit refresh to correct the issue).

An Eventful Studio!

There has been a lot happening around the studio over the last couple of weeks with projects, awards, talks and even a little bit of gardening keeping the CODA team very busy.


We’d like to start off by congratulating Sarah Besly and Dianna Ingram on achieving their Australian registration! Both were extremely committed to the process and we’re very proud of their achievement!


Most recently the IAP (International association for public participation) awards were held and we were very happy with the news that CODA, in association with the City of Fremantle and Creating Communities, had been awarded the West Australian Project of the Year for our involvement in the King Square Urban Revitalisation Project.

Affirmative Architecture  

Over the weekend Affirmative Architecture was held at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum; this is an annual event that brings together Australian and international architects. CODA was one of many great speakers involved in the symposium, with Kieran talking of ‘Imagining the City’, and more specifically the greater involvement that the studio has as part of Fremantle at an architectural, urban and community scale.

Open House

Open House was held on the 2-3rd November and we were delighted that Foundation Housing was amongst the many wonderful destinations open to the public for this inspiring event. Open House is an excellent addition to the Perth events calendar in its effort to bring to light the wealth of great architecture, interiors and design that enrich our city and urban experience.

Kings Square Competition

Back in the studio everyone is busy with a variety of projects, Bunbury Catholic College has gone to tender and there has been a real buzz following the announcement that CODA has been selected as one of three architects to progress to stage 2 of the Kings Square design competition. This was fantastic news and now all available hands are on deck to work on our final submission.

Project Talks  

Project Talks are an important event here at CODA and the most recent was presented by Ahmad Abas, of Gresley Abas, who spoke about their Yanget House Hostel in Bunbury. Emma B and Sally are planning an exciting line-up of speakers for 2014. Email the studio if you’d like to be added to our invite list!

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And finally, the CODA patch is getting ready for the warmer months with garden bed preparation and planting of summer vegetables taking place, we’ll all hopefully be thriving of its produce in a month or two.

Finally, We’re also quite excited to be welcoming Sarah Blangiardo to our studio next week. Sarah replaces our much loved Patricia, who has returned to the UK with her husband. Sarah will balance CODA with her business Feast Your Eyes, which facilitates art and design events through our city.

Phew, that’s a lot to get through! Thanks for reading; we look forward to sharing more news with you as we head towards the end of the year!


BREAKING NEWS: Architects can use pencil and paper

CODA took to the streets of Fremantle today with a mission to draw out the unique qualities of the heritage buildings of Kings Square. Pencils were sharpened, brows were furrowed in concentration and the sun was shining, for what proved to be a very enjoyable drawing session.

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CODA’s position on the proposed merger

In a recent letter to the West Australian newspaper, former Premier and local resident Peter Dowding argues that, if its played out correctly, the proposed local government merger provides an opportunity for Fremantle to reinforce its position as WA’s second city.

We couldn’t agree more. 


Tonight at Kulcha, the Fremantle Council and the Fremantle Society are holding the first community meeting in response to the merger. They’re calling it an ‘anti-amalgamation’ meeting but we hope it takes a more exploratory and open approach to this complex issue.