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Gingin Community and Seniors Housing

CODA and Foundation Housing were engaged by the Shire of Gingin to develop a concept masterplan and business case for a site in Gingin. The project was for seniors/community housing for those people who are looking to downsize from their existing accommodation and move into a village type location which supports ageing-in-place.

CODA prepared a masterplan consisting of 40 dwellings and several communal landscaped areas on the 2.3 hectare site. Several housing type plans were also prepared and met the criteria of the “Livable Housing Design Guidelines” as set out by Livable Housing Australia. This meant creating house plans that are designed and built to meet the changing needs of occupants across their lifetime. Careful consideration was made to the whole scheme, including the landscaped areas, in order to be appropriate for ageing-in-place living.

Amana Living

CODA was invited by Amana Living as one of four architectural practices chosen to explore the feasibility and potential for the development of quality accommodation for people aged 55+ on an existing Amana site.

The proposition put forward by our team was expressive of CODA’s determination to produce innovative, sustainable and research-based work. With a strong interest in the future of housing and in particular the necessity for age-appropriate living, this project was a result of a determination to understand what defines successful retirement housing.

The proposal puts forward a total of 105 apartments, 90% of which are anticipated to achieve a Platinum level of Livable Housing Design Guidelines to encourage access to all residents as well as easy adaptation of apartments to the specific needs of residents.

A set of 5 key principles were developed to guide the design process:

Light + Air

Passive solar considerations are ensured in all dwellings as a result of an understanding of both the environmental benefits and in recognising the major life-enhancing health and psychological benefits of good access to sunlight and natural ventilation.

Materials + Sustainability    

We proposed a beautiful selection of materials, both hardwearing and sustainable where possible. ESD considerations were a key component of the design, which encompasses water recycling systems, PVS and solar thermal on the roof.

Privacy + Community  

We believe that when operating effectively retirement living can become the backdrop for a fulfilling communal life whilst allowing privacy and amenity for individual pursuits.

Safety + Security

Part of the research undertaken through the design process involved a series of interviews with those who sit within the demographic most akin to the potential clients of Amana living. These interviews revealed that security was of the most importance to people as they aged.

These are at the heart of any multi-residential design and particularly relevant in the case of 55+ living and its associated services and lifestyle.

Town of Cambridge Local Housing Strategy

The purpose of this project was to identify housing typologies and planning opportunities for the Town of Cambridge in order to meet the Council’s housing objectives for a target of an additional 3000 homes by 2031, as set out in the draft Central Metropolitan Perth Sub Regional Strategy. CODA’s responsibility was to deliver a series of housing typologies that demonstrate positive and achievable development opportunities for the Town.

Our preparatory work underpins all our design decisions by building a thorough and astute understanding of place. We have achieved this through research and exploration of the impacts and influences at a statutory level for historic, existing and forecast conditions.

For each of the residential precincts of City Beach, Floreat, Wembley and West Leederville we looked at the opportunities and constraints of the existing housing stock in terms of type, form and character as well as streetscapes and local context. Each of these four precincts has its own distinct character and form and it is these differences that ultimately determined the pervading sense of place for our final typologies.

Munster Grouped Housing Project

CODA were engaged to explore the opportunities for diverse housing types in Munster, a suburb south of Fremantle. Currently, the typical dwelling in Munster is a detached single house on a 600sqm lot. The concept designs prepared by CODA are the result of extensive testing and research to find viable opportunities for multiple housing on a single lot of this size.

Our designs provide for demographically diverse and affordable housing options as well as responding to the scale and grain of the accepted suburban pattern of the surrounding area. This study has the potential to make a significant contribution to the quality of multiple housing in Western Australia and will benefit from a developers and builders who share the intent of our vision.