Groote Eylandt Archipelago

Over the last two years CODA have been working on an important project on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory. By travelling regularly to the archipelago we have been able to engage directly with locals and community stakeholders, allowing us to develop a deep understanding of the complex cultural patterns underpinning each community.

CODA has been working with the Anindilyakwa Land Council and local indigenous corporations to prepare Housing Masterplans, Housing Guides and community infrastructure audits for their communities in Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island in East Arnhem Land. Our work will allow the ALC to be ‘project ready’ when funding agreements are reached between the local communities and both Territory and Federal governments.

Corallie Ferguson, CEO of GEBIE Aboriginal Corporation writes, ‘I was stunned by how easy it was for Kieran to be invited into several of the many different styles of homes in Angurugu, Umbakumba and Millyakburra communities. He and his team were welcomed everywhere they went. We would strongly support them as consultants of choice in complex, culturally specific and climate responsive urban design and place-planning.’

K2K Urban Design Competition

CODA were one of four finalists in the prestigious K2K International Urban Design Competition, which sought to imagine a new vision for the town centres of Kingsford and Kensington in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Leading a competition team comprising of Realm Studios, Ian MacRae, Craig Burton and GTA, we devised a proposal that wove the rich story of Kensington and Kingsford  together with blueprint for a resilient future.

Our response was structured around seven key ideas:

  • A celebration of the history, context and character of place
  • A 10-fold increase in cyclists, making the K2K the safest and easiest to navigate corridor in Sydney by bike
  • Active, high quality public spaces, such as Anzac Parade, each reflecting community aspirations, including the removal of two lanes of traffic in Kensington along Anzac Parade.
  • An ecologically sound environment for the local community – more open to biodiversity, less anthropocentric
  • A mix of uses and activities to energise the local economy and provide a range of accommodation choices
  • Adaptable, flexible mix of public and private spaces to unleash spare capacity
  • A rich set of interconnections laden with visual variety, ‘accidents’ in the street pattern and diverse building types that respond to the pace of walkers, cyclists and commuters.

During the competition phase, our team ran two intensive on site design workshops at an abandoned Chinese restaurant in Kingsford, codename: Lucky Wong’s.

We commend the Randwick City Council for using the competition as a vehicle to place conversations about design at the forefront of the revitalisation process. 

Manning Estate Upgrade

CODA has been engaged as the estate architect for Manning Estate in Fremantle. The Estate comprises of a collection of buildings occupying the south side of High St Mall, starting on William Street, wrapping around the Mall and finishing on Market St. 

Our work so far includes a concept for a food and beverage venue opposite Town Hall and another venue near Paddy Troy Mall, lighting to the historic first storey façade at night, and a tiling upgrade to Manning Arcade. Most excitingly, we are involved in the upgrade of the Majestic Theatre space above the High St Mall, unused since the 1920s. This fantastic, underutilised space has potential to contribute to the activation and diversity of central Fremantle. 

Our work ties in to the recent upgrades to High St Mall, with the aim to make the Mall a more vibrant and activated space, during the day and night.

Ranford Road Urban Village

CODA’s scheme for the #designperth challenge tests opportunities for a site located on a busy road and addresses the lack of housing diversity within the area.

The broad aspiration for the scheme is to improve economic, social and environmental benefits to this corridor whilst whilst providing an attractive place to live and work, with housing choice, genuine affordability and quality landscape amenity. It seeks to transform the area’s car dominated and severe built and urban form into a vibrant urban village, with improved links to public transport and a shared path network.

CODA used a diverse combination of housing typologies, including maisonettes, adaptable ageing in place units and flexible housing to develop the village. Importantly, none of our proposed residential buildings are over three storeys, with the only three-four storey building being mixed-use and addressing the main road.

More about the scheme and the #designperth initiative can be found here.


Kimberley Vernacular Handbook

The Kimberley Vernacular Handbook aims to highlight ways that future development within Broome and the other towns of the Kimberley can create environmentally and socially sustainable built environments, which fit well with the existing town settings.

This project builds upon the positive response we received for our work on the Pilbara Vernacular Handbook, and uses its tested format as a base. Our analysis of Broome focussed on the following segments: responding to client, engaging with the natural environment, building on Broome’s character and identity, enhancing livability and mobilising for change. Multi-disciplinary approaches are proposed, as the principles and strategies suggested by the Handbook are often interconnected. It is recognised that regional centres have limited resources, so that emphasis is on clear, achievable and affordable strategies, with directly beneficial outcomes for Broome.

Further towns will be addressed at a later date.

Jolimont Former Nursery Site

The site, located in Jolimont and adjacent to Matthews Netball Centre, will be redeveloped to allow for higher density residences. Over 4 hectares, it will accommodate 3 – 6 storey apartment buildings and 2 – 3 storey townhouses, equating to 300 new dwellings overall.

CODA’s initial involvement in the project was to review the built form plans that had been previously devised. CODA were able to propose an alternative subdivision as well as develop a series of diagrams to communicate the movement of traffic and the relationships with the public realm and surrounding environment. We tested the site for yield potential and proposed a range of built form typologies; we analysed the solar impact of the apartment buildings to address any potential overshadowing issues.

To compliment our analysis and design work we developed 3D visualizations that were used as communication tools by the City of Cambridge at a community forum.

Beaconsfield Primary School Masterplan

In 2013, Beaconsfield Primary School engaged CODA to develop an overall Masterplan for their campus, with a focus on its gardens and external play spaces. 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. With the assistance of the school community the transformation of the grounds has been able to take place at a rapid pace. Three derelict buildings have already been demolished in order to make room for a Nature Play playground as well as a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden respledent with seasonal planting. 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.

New Museum Project

CODA has been appointed to the position of Architectural Advisor to the Western Australian State Government for the New Museum Project, which will enhance the Perth Cultural Centre when it opens in 2020. The New Museum will display the State collection in contemporary and innovative ways, allowing visitors to share, explore and connect with the past, present and future.

The State Government has committed nearly $430 million to develop a New Museum for WA. This is one of the most significant museum redevelopments in the world today, and one of which all Western Australians should be incredibly proud. As it evolves, the Museum will play a part in redefining our city and our State, showcasing WA and its people to the world.

CODA assisted the WA Museum team to develop the Project Brief, investigating and implementing the latest techniques in museum design and visitor engagement to create a world-class Museum that will inspire the community for generations to come.

We are now working with the State to ensure that OMA and Hassell’s winning design adheres to the exacting standards of our brief.

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White Gum Valley Development

In 2012, CODA was engaged by Landcorp to propose a series of innovative housing typologies for the former Kim Beazley School site in White Gum Valley. These typologies proposed a diverse range of housing styles and living options including apartments, maisonettes and single homes, which were appropriate to the site’s proximity to central Fremantle and reflective of the needs of the community. As part  of our role, we also prepared comprehensive Design Guidelines that will inform the buildings to come. We are now acting in our role as Estate Architect for all development proposals across the site and will participate in design reviews for all multiple dwelling sites.

CODA relishes the opportunity to work at the front (and often most challenging) end of housing developments. Through our work in projects such as this, we have the opportunity to broadly influence the way in which homes function and communities evolve.

In 2015, this project was awarded the Planning Minister’s Award at the WA Awards for Planning Excellence; in May 2016 the project received the Award for Excellence, Best Planning Small Project at the national Planning Institute of Australia Awards; and in October 2016, WGV received the prestigious Australia Award for Urban Design, Policies, Programs and Concepts (small scale).

Henley Square Urban Design Competition

An open competition to re-imagine the foreshore and public amenity at Henley Square in Adelaide.

CODA suggested that the existing jetty be pushed along its existing path, drawing the sea deep into the urban realm of the existing square. Activity within the square is heightened by the presence of the jetty and the intensity of the surrounding buildings. Spaces are created for programmed events however the square equally lends itself to informal activity.

The vertical wall that shields the square from storms is dismantled into terraces of lawn that cascade down to the beach, and offer the same level of protection. Steps and subtle ramping offer a fluid choice of movement and experience.

The combination of a robust jetty imbedded within a busy urban environment provides a defining identity for Henley Square.