CODA is working with Perth College to re-imagine their Boarding House, which provides a home away from home for more than 100 girls in Years 7 – 12. Guiding our design of Stage One has been a desire to offer the girls a more dynamic and contemporary experience, providing flexible spaces that can accommodate both social activities and places to just hang out.
With girls from across the breadth of the state, we divided the spaces into three colour palettes inspired by the northern, centre and southern regional landscape. We used artworks from each of these regions to inform our selection and to express the diversity of the West Australian landscape.
An open plan kitchen, lounge and dining room has been created to form the heart of the boarding house. Custom modular lounges and larger spaces for cooking and eating provide comfortable, homely places for girls to connect.
A key move has been to improve connections between the landscape and internal spaces. Large sliding doors open to an enclosed courtyard, which has been elevated by the introduction of playful ground treatments, a sophisticated pergola, festoon lightings and oversized planters. These improvements will increase the functionality of the courtyard, creating a space that will be used for everything from outdoor movies to parties.
Furniture has been selected that is both beautiful and affordable. With an extremely tight budget, this project is being delivered without any increase to the overall footprint of the school. Construction of Stage One was completed at the end of May 2017 and the remaining two stages will follow shortly after.