Paraburdoo Community Hub Funding Application Lodged

CODA was engaged by RTIO in October to prepare a Project Definition Plan for the proposed Community Hub building and surrounding public open spaces in Paraburdoo.

The PDP is part of a Business Case for the project submitted to the Pilbara Redevelopment Corporation. The Community Hub includes a new Multi-purpose Community Centre  and re-use of existing buildings in the town centre. The Paraburdoo CHUB proposal was unanimously approved by the Shire of Ashburton council on November 18 to proceed to the PDC funding application. The people of Paraburdoo are looking forward to these much-needed facilities, a rejuvenation of their town centre and the re-engergising of their rather cool early-1970’s buildings, as are we!

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Progress at Bunbury Catholic College

Progress is being made on site at the Marist campus of Bunbury Catholic College. Along with our JV partners Broderick Architects we achieved Practical Completion on the forward works just over a week ago, including the power upgrade, a new ring main and a new fire pumps and tanks enclosure. Meanwhile the main contract for the new Learning Common’s is also coming along well with some impressive retaining walls going in and a new improved bus shelter almost good to go!



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!


Urban Impacts: CODA Studio

The 2013 Interstate Speaker series held at Tusculum in Sydney focused on the theme “urban impacts.” Invited presenters were asked to discuss projects within the realm of their work and the work of other architects in the context of their respective city.

CODA’s Emma Williamson presented the third talk of this four part series on the 13th August 2013.

At a time when Perth and the greater state is undergoing a major shift spurred on by continual population growth and urban sprawl, the needs for density, community, activity and well articulated architecture and urban design moves are back on the agenda.

With the use of the 1980’s WA vehicle number plate slogan “WA – State of Excitement” Emma presented three CODA projects alongside three pivotal urban defining projects by Donaldson and Warn, Kerry Hill and ARM.


The argument was simple;

  1. The ability for architecture to benefit the lives of many rather than a few.
  2. The ability to work behind the scenes to engage with the way precincts and towns are formed and revitalised.

Emma presented these six projects against the backdrop of community, density and activity. The lecture cleverly connected these notions against the respective projects discussed, articulating how the design moves have either strengthened or created the opportunities and potentials for urban impact.

The moral of the story here was; CODA are small players in a much bigger picture, but we are happy to be having conversations, collaborating and working on projects that will continue to contribute to the urban life of our city.


Tusculum is home to the NSW chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.
The Urban Impacts lecture series will conclude on the 8th of October with the final lecture presented by Andrew Maynard.


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Parity Magazine: Tom Fisher House

Stephen Hicks recently authored an article that was published in the latest edition of Parity, a national magazine produced by the Council to Homeless Persons. His article discusses Tom Fisher House, a shelter that CODA is designing for the Department of Housing, Department of Child Protection and Vincentcare.

A copy of the article appears here however we encourage you to explore the entire publication, which is focussed on the issue of homelessness in Western Australia. Copies are available for purchase through the Council‘s website.

Invitation: VQ Planning Forum

As  lead consultants on the Victoria Quay Precinct Plan project, we’re extending an invitation to participate in a design forum to discuss the development of this important precinct. Come along if you’re interested; we’d love to hear what you have to say.

MG Corp and Gelganyem Trust Administration Building

With practical completion just days away (fingers crossed!) we are pleased to share some photographs from our most recent site visit to the MG/GT Administration Building in Kununurra.

As we always hoped, the building’s screen (built from unequal steel angles) moderates the internal environment during the day and then glows like a beacon at night. The verandah spaces, designed for both circulation and meetings, promise to give building users flexible options for working in the sometimes pleasant and sometimes harsh environment of the the far north.

We look forward to sharing more photos when the clients have moved in, the red dust has started to layer up, and the BBQ has been fired up.

Decoding Onslow

Last week Kieran, Sarah, Michelle and David went to Onslow as a part of CODA’s Wheatstone Residential Housing project for Chevron Australia. The trip to the sunny North, a welcome change to Perth’s wintery storms, gave us an opportunity to examine the town of Onslow in minute detail to find out what it was that made Onslow Onslow. Specifically, we documented a large portion of the existing housing stock to decode the most interesting examples of houses in Onslow and find out the way that the town’s residents have adapted these dwellings over the past hundred years to provide some comfort in what is generally considered to be an extremely harsh environment.

In undertaking the “houses survey” many fascinating and unique adaptations to some of the houses became evident through Onslow residents’ reactions to extreme heat, torrential rain and the regularly occurring cyclones that the Pilbara is renowned for. Shutters and debris screens were a common feature and some of the original houses of pearl divers and fishermen had adapted to the conditions in a ways that are inspirational in their simplicity and effectiveness. Simple, efficient plan forms with partially or fully enclosed verandahs were common in these older dwellings. The roofs on houses are typically large, shady structures that provide the houses with the necessary protection and add to the casual essence of what was once a sleepy seaside town.

Older houses used shutters used to control ventilation as well as provide protection. These shutters open into a semi-enclosed “verandah”.

Older houses simple response to site: controlled ventilation, cyclone protection and a roof capable of shedding large quantities of water.

The town visit provided us with an insight into the way that the people of Onslow have lived throughout its history as well as an opportunity to really consider what a new interpretation of the “Onslow House” can be. It also presented the perfect opportunity to practice our pool technique in advance of CODA’s inaugural Pool Comp. Turns out, Sarah’s a bit more of a shark than previously thought: