Think Brick

In 2009 CODA won the national About Face Award, an invitation-only, researched based competition run as part of the Think Brick Awards.

We believe that architects are uniquely placed to tackle the issues of homelessness, social housing and community inclusiveness by proposing large scale planning responses in combination with smaller scale, considered architecture and landscape.

The selected site for our scheme is located at the fringe of Mandurah, an hour from Perth. The scheme addressed the region’s growing need for affordable housing and supported hostel accommodation, and integrated it into a community driven mixed-use development. Social housing, affordable housing, commercial and retails space and community facilities mingle around a grove of existing mature Tuart trees. There are community garden allotments, basketball courts on parking lots, vegetable gardens for the communal kitchens, playing fields, playgrounds and spaces for sitting, reading and relaxing.

The Hostel Building contains multiple programs within the building form. Using the Foyer model, young people in need are provided with stable accommodation and support in order that they continue to participate in education, training or employment. Simultaneously, we referenced the ‘Common Ground’ business model which seeks to assist people in work placement and offer them a path to full-time employment through a structured support program.

Whilst a supported social housing model is certainly warranted within the Mandurah region, generally the issue of affordable housing continue to be a critical issue. There are many people who cannot purchase homes yet need accommodation from which to work as a base. These people play a significant role in the functioning of the city, as crucial workforce, as well as adding diversity to the community.

Housing options that address the possibility of flexible live/work arrangements contribute to the activations of sites by ensuring continual activity. Our Think Brick project addresses these opportunities as well as introducing the idea of communal living, a notion of  importance for a workforce increasingly driven by the resource sector that flies in and out its work force.