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Anyone who has built before would
understand: your relationship
with your architect is like a
marriage. You were probably
drawn to them initially for superficial
reasons, but when you get down to it, it's
a big, life-changing commitment built on
trust, a huge financial plunge, and if you
screw it up, you'll end up in the doghouse.
Consider Kieran Wong of CODA Studio
your regular Prince Charming; riding in on
a white stallion and brandishing a T-square,
his coupling with clients Jeremy and Sascha
Sanderson-Brown is one of those match-
made-in-heaven stories all young girls with
a block of land dream about.
"Apart from the basics, there was no
brief," says Kieran. " ey are very good
clients -- they didn't really give much clear
direction as to what they wanted as an
outcome, from a physical or aesthetic point
of view. ey were quite open to us just doing
e client's singular creative request was
a roof deck, inspired by the one at Kieran's
OUT OF THE BOX
The exterior appears as a floating box projecting into
South Street, held aloft by steel cantilevering (and
clever architecture). The eye-catching feature, says
Kieran, is the block work.
"I really like it, because at certain times of the day
you don't notice it, and at other times it's very strong
because of the shadow and the light. One of the
great things about WA -- which can also be bad -- is
the intensity of sun, so you can work with shadow a
lot more here than you can in other parts of Australia.
I quite like the idea the pattern is there sometimes
and not at other times."
BARING ALL: The concrete floors have been left raw so as
to accumulate visible signs of wear and character over time.
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