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Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley Collocation Plan

The Shire commissioned a critical review of their existing built facilities and the impact predicted future growth may have on their ability to provide effective services to their residents and stakeholders. CODA worked closely with the Shire to develop an Architectural Brief, Conceptual Planning and Design for the proposed Administration Centre that ensured the building met community expectations as well as the necessary functional and environmental requirements.

CODA commenced with a comprehensive Site Analysis Report which detailed the existing site features, complex geo-technical and environmental constraints, zoning requirements, title details and built features as well as identified the need for an additional Condition and Dilapidation Report.

Coolibah

CODA was engaged to provide due diligence, community consultation, urban design and feasibility on a 5ha site in the town centre of Kununurra. As a result of the project, a subdivision plan and housing typologies for Indigenous transitional housing were also developed. Our commitment to sustainable, climate responsive principles were highlighted, along with the complex overlay of providing appropriate cultural subdivision systems for Indigenous housing within an integrated neighbourhood.

As part of our role, we were involved in the Kununurra Enquiry by Design process and also conducted extensive consultation with local stakeholders including Wunan, MG Corporation, the Shire, Department of Housing as well as other housing providers.

Broome North

CODA was engaged to provide specialist design, consultation and analysis services for the development of a 700ha site north of the Old Broome town site. The project required extensive site analysis, community consultation and engagement as well as the preparation of built form/urban design guidelines. We developed various housing typologies for the site, including a mix of single and grouped housing options.

CODA investigated the context and history of the housing market in Broome, its local conditions and site constraints. Our approach to the urban design and housing principles will enable climatically responsive housing typologies that will allow occupants to enjoy Broome’s unique environment and demographic.

Our climatic principles extended to the detail of the built form in order to ensure that the designs not only respond to seasonal variations but are also affordable, diverse, adaptable, reflective of their location and sustainable. Details such as breezeways, recesses, openings, louvres, overhangs, limiting thermal mass and increasing insulation were all included as was the integration of natural shading and appropriate boundary fencing. Each housing typology ensures that the air conditioning, insulation, water usage, energy use and solar power are all environmentally sustainable.

In 2010, our work for Broome North received the Australian Institute of Architects Award for Urban Design (WA). In evidencing their decision, the jury described Broome North as having the potential to become ‘the prototype for future regional planning in Western Australia.’

Cottesloe Town Centre

The Town of Cottesloe engaged CODA to assist in the development of architectural and built form outcomes for two council owned sites in the town centre. Specifically, we explored the different statutory and strategic planning options for the town centre including building height, streetscape, parking and plot ratio.

Station Street had long been an ad-hoc collection of building types and the council was very keen that any new developments consider the social, environmental and architectural outcomes desired by the greater community. Other issues were the shortage of parking, the constraints of the site between highway and railway, and the challenges of creating a cohesive town centre whilst large pockets remain undeveloped as a result of private ownership.

Our proposals demonstrated careful consideration to all of these factors, combining a significant parking provision within buildings that activated the street through retail and hospitality. Local business association, ProCott, saw this an opportunity to reinforce the brand of the Cottesloe Village as an outdoor local shopping and services centre in opposition to the indoor mall model of public space used by most other retail hubs.