Welcome to 2016!

It’s been a crafty start to the year at CODA, with many of our projects requiring the final finesse that only a handmade touch can bring!

At Stephen’s School, we spent the day fashioning little stools out of abandoned milk crates and painted ply:

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For the MLC Boarding House, we transformed napery into works of art, and directed the painting of playful, large-scale murals:

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And, we meticulously crafted a model of MLC’s Junior School Precinct, for display whilst the project is under construction:


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All in all, the activities of the past three weeks have reinforced our belief in the craftsmanship of design, and revealed the lengths we go to get things just right!

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The first stage of our huge joint venture education project with Broderick Architects, Bunbury Catholic College Mercy campus, was completed at the beginning of this year. Construction took place at a whirlwind pace, and was delivered in just over 12 months. We are delighted to see it in full operation, filled with a happy body of staff and students!


We’ve been instagramming our own shots of the project as it’s progressed on site, but a couple weeks ago renowned architectural photographer, Peter Bennetts, braved inclement weather to document the school more fully.


A review of the project will appear in an upcoming edition of Architecture Australia, which will include Peter’s images. We’ll let you know when it’s out!

Bird’s eye view of EQ

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Melbourne-based photographer, Andrew Griffiths, has created an amazing series of aerial panoramas of key cities across Australia and New Zealand. With its focus on Elizabeth Quay, his recently released panorama of Perth’s CBD is quite fun to play with. We love the bird’s eye view of Kiosk 6, design by us and soon to be operated by the team behind the successful Stables Bar.

Here’s a link to the film, if you’d like to see:

BCC Mercy: Progress Update

The Mercy campus of Bunbury Catholic College is heading towards completion and looking more beautiful everyday. We’d love to share with you these latest progress shots:





Keightley Road site visit

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The Keightley Road house is nearing completion and last week CODA ventured out to site bright and early to check its progress.

With coffees and pastries in hand we were guided through the house by Jocelyn Broderick, the Design Leader for the project. The three bedroom, one bathroom family home’s modest footprint is more than made up for by the lofty and light filled interiors.

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The house is made up of three pavilion spaces that encircle a central garden courtyard. One is for living, another for sleeping and the third, which overlooks the garden, for the client to use as a home office. The pallet and material selection for the house is simple and striking with a monochromatic theme throughout.

Keightley Road is expected to be completed just in time for Christmas and we’re all excited to see the family enjoy their new home.IMG_2490


Coochie CODA: Backhouse


Two weeks ago our weekly Friday tradition, Coochie CODA, was held at the Backhouse, Emma and Kieran’s own home in South Freo. The CODA team were treated to beers and a tour of the house which is currently under construction.

As the name suggests, the Backhouse is at the rear of another home and faces west which offers a magnificent view…from the scaffolding at least!

Emma and Kieran have reused the Perry Lakes sales office, which is now the kitchen and dining room. Backhouse also features loft bedrooms for the kids, a ‘chimney’ using CODA designed bricks, and a cedar clad exterior.

We can’t wait for the completion of the house so we can return for more beers and a swim in the pool!



A reflection on our work for Fremantle Ports

A12071_VQ_131205_webOver the past two years the Victoria Quay Enabling Precinct Plans have been an important focus for our urban design studio. We have relished the opportunity to lead some of the important conversations on a project that acknowledges the economic, cultural and historical importance of the port in Fremantle, and more broadly in WA.

A highlight for us was successfully engaging with the community through the initial stages of the project. This culminated in the Urban Design forum, from which our designs were drawn and fed back to all those involved.


Fremantle Ports have collaborated with each of the Project Partners (City of Fremantle, Department of Planning and the Perth Transport Authority) with the aim of arriving at an overall shared vision for the site. This has been a complex, thorough and productive undertaking and a shared outcome means we can look forward to working together in the future.

Whilst this big project has been evolving in the background, Fremantle Ports has been busy reactivating Victoria Quay through a series of smaller community-based initiatives.


We loved the autumn Night Markets and the opportunity they provided to eat delicious things amongst such beautiful surrounds – we cant think of anywhere else in Australia where you can get so close to a working port and harbour!

From CODA’s vantage point, just across the road from the Fremantle Train Station, we can’t wait for the transformation of Victoria Quay to get started!

Karratha GP Super Clinic, a joyful space for communities of the Pilbara

SC_dotsFor the past 12 months we have been busy designing and documenting the Karratha GP Super Clinic, a huge project that will provide comprehensive health care to residents of the Pilbara. Under the direction of Project Architect, Michelle Blakeley, our design is ready to go to tender and we can’t wait to watch it become a reality.


We’ve designed the GP Super Clinic to be a joyful and uplifting space, at the same time as demonstrating sensitivity to the diverse groups who will use its services. Like the Pam Buchanan Family Centre we designed in Karratha a few years ago, the internal spaces are filled with colour and natural light. Brightly coloured lanterns playfully strengthen the relationship between the interior and the outside.

Congratulations to Michelle, Dianna, Adam and Vanessa for their contribution and dedication to this project.

Re-imagining the landscape at Beacy Primary


Delivering pro bono projects are an important part of the way we practice and we particularly love getting involved with our local community. In 2013, Beaconsfield Primary School approached us to assist them to develop an overall Masterplan for their campus, with a focus on its gardens and external play spaces.


The transformation of the grounds is racing along! In the last 6 months we have seen the establishment of a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden, as well as winter planting for the new Nature Play playground that was made possible following the demolition of 3 derelict buildings on the site.



We were excited by the potentials of this project to create a series of spaces that align with the school’s aspirations to link culture, play and learning. As local newspaper the Fremantle Herald recently reported, Beacy received donations of gardening supplies from local MP’s Melissa Parke and Simone McGurk and anticipates support from the City of Fremantle, as well as the local community.


This project provides the opportunity for everyone at CODA to contribute to the outcome through the range of skills and interests of our practice. Urban design, architecture and landscape architecture will all play a big role as we get into more detail. In fact, we are so excited that we are planning to get on the tools ourselves and help build a part of the playground!