Building for Diversity

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In 2006, CODA won a national ideas competition that led to the provision of architectural services for a $10m mixed use building for Foundation Housing. The project responds to the client’s vision and supports the revitalisation of Northbridge set out by the East Perth Redevelopment Authority (now MRA).

44 hostel units, 16 key worker apartments, a caretaker apartment, 9 commercial tenancies and the restoration and conversion of a heritage warehouse to a cafe all sit on the 1190m2 site.

From the outset CODA looked to interrogate the brief and challenge the status quo. Our scheme challenged the site’s height restrictions, proposing a “small tower” building for the hostel accommodation with a lower building on the boundary of the site containing apartments and small commercial tenancies.

This configuration allows for a northern orientation to each habitable room whilst successfully addressing the need for cross ventilation. By increasing the height of the tower, the centre of the site was also freed to become a communal courtyard.

The project celebrates the richness of natural materials in combination with the whimsy of colour. CODA worked with four artists to fully integrate public artwork into the building fabric, making this a true building for the community.