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).

Cottesloe Public Amenities

As part of the Town of Cottesloe Foreshore Redevelopment, CODA has been engaged in the design of new public facilities located on the northern end of the beachfront.

The key objectives of the project are to enhance the overall Cottesloe beachfront experience for visitors and the local community, to demonstrate the quality contribution that a development could make in setting a standard for the beachfront and precinct, and to illustrate an appropriate built typology suitable to the site, its surrounds and Cottesloe.

As a linear intervention, the design acts as a device that brings order to the scattered array of objects that exist along the foreshore, whilst keeping the form minimal in order to maintain and enhance the view towards the horizon.

The main structure consists of modular blocks that house the toilets and a small kiosk. These can be ‘cut to length’ and are framed by a sequence of multifunctional columns that define the perimeter and extent of the proposed facility. The columns help to define new spaces as well as becoming lights at night.

The glowing columns support the playful ribbon roof that floats above.  The proposed roof undulates to reveal colour and form to what is a predominantly rectilinear proposal.

A series of sliding screens provide privacy from the street, protection from the wind and seating nooks during the day, creating a flexible space that is easily surveyed and highly responsive to the chosen site as part of the greater Cottesloe Beachfront Precinct.

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.

Pilbara Housing Prototypes

The Pilbara Housing Prototypes is an additional chapter of the Pilbara Vernacular Handbook, which explores several housing design typologies for building in flood prone areas. It aims to provide a diverse range of house type solutions from single-family dwellings to townhouse and multiple unit housing. Various construction methods have been explored including standard construction methods, modular hybrids, raised stilted homes and steel frame modular construction.

Our designs draw upon the investigation undertaken in the Pilbara Vernacular Handbook and are purely speculative. Further investigation is required with the construction and planning sectors. The designs do however, respond to Landcorp’s Climatic Responsive Design Policy with regards to setbacks, natural ventilation and open space.

Th 3D renders were prepared with the assistance of Last Pixel.


Vasse Newtown Village Architect

CODA was engaged as Town Architect to provide an architectural vision for the Vasse Village Centre. The Centre forms part of the Vasse Newtown project located 250km south of Perth in the Shire of Busselton. The Newtown Centre is located at the intersection of two major arterials, the Bussell Highway and Bypass Extension and provides amenity for both the local region’s residents and people passing through.

CODA produced a series of architectural palettes to provide guidance for future developments in the town centre. The materiality and architectural forms come from an understanding of the local vernacular of the South West and act to form a cohesive town centre village feel.

Victoria Quay Precinct Plans

CODA were engaged as lead consultant by Fremantle Ports to deliver a suite of ‘Enabling Plans’ to realise the commercial and social development opportunities for the underutilised areas at Victoria Quay, the Fremantle Train Station and Pioneer Park precincts.

Having in the past failed to gain community and stakeholder support, the Port was keen to extend the scope of the project to unlock the waterfront, and to create real opportunities for commercial investment.

CODA’s proudest achievement with this project is the way in which we have stitched together two places of West Australian cultural significance, the Fremantle Port and the City of Fremantle; and, at the same time responded to the complex demands of civic infrastructure and an active working port.

Using extensive community and stakeholder consultation, coupled with a transparent design process, we were able to truly connect the Port, Railway Station and an important pocket of urban parkland with the broader city of Fremantle. The final outcome celebrates the historical integrity of the site whilst at the same time providing a framework for exciting new civic and commercial development within the city.

In 2015, this project received the Australia Award for Urban Design in the Policies, Programs and Concepts – Small Scale category.

South Hedland City Centre Architect

As Town Architect for South Hedland, CODA provides consultancy services on the built form and public realm interface within the city centre. As part of this role we have tested options for individual lot development against the established Design Guidelines and statutory requirements; determined the appropriateness of designs according to their context; identified typologies which reflect the aspirations of the community and client; and, reviewed and updated the existing Design Guidelines and Detailed Area Plans for the city centre.

Our role is also to ensure that optimum design outcomes are achieved in both the built form and urban design. We have communicated our ideas through 3D digital imagery as well as in written report format. Our role as Town Architect is ongoing, and the next phase will involve the assessment of development applications based on our research and contextual understanding.