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Coda architects are pretty sneaky -- they're all about keeping open plan houses functional,
and lending a helping hand to the homeowners wherever they can.
Behind the kitchen, a scullery is hidden under the stairs.
Ideal for an open plan house, it's fitted with benchtops, a sink, a microwave -- all of the
less visually appealing stu we usually have to try and hide in the cupboards is out of view
and the main kitchen stays beautiful.
Having a dinner party? (Answer: probably yes if you're Jeremy and Sascha) All of your
grotty dishes and vegetable peel are out of sight and you're the host with the most.
The upper living space is open plan with a landing, eliminating long winding corridors
and leaving the space for a home o ce and room for their two kids to get a bit messy.
"We're not big fans of having massive bedrooms where everyone just retreats to, and
we don't do games rooms," says Kieran. "We put bedrooms in, and we put in the living
spaces, and then we try to be sneaky about finding other nooks and crannies and other
opportunities to create di erent kind of spaces. So, you don't have to have a dedicated
'play room'. I think houses can get bloated otherwise -- we're much more interested in the
plan being a lot tighter."
permanent fittings like cupboards are just as
colourful as their collection.
"We don't really 'do' white kitchens,"
Kieran explains. "I think strong colour
choices are good, I grew up in a house in the
70s with a bright yellow kitchen and orange
benchtops, and it was great. ere's been
a drift to very boring interiors, and I don't
see why. Colour makes everything feel a lot
more jolly -- we're always thinking of how to
include colour wherever we can."
e graphic elements of the house are
super-sized, the exterior tiling and the
diagonal banding on the block work a nod
to their context; the old Portuguese-style
houses and their tiled balconies, post-war
Italian migrant homes and 1920s buildings --
a contemporary home sliding easily into
the layers of pattern and history which
" ese clients wanted a house for
themselves, and it's the perfect brief for an
architect, I think it's what we do best; respond
to a client, deliver a house." says Kieran.
"If they were to sell it, there would be
someone to buy it. But I don't like the idea of
'resale' as a valid concept in design. It's very
limiting, and conservative. e idea was that
we designed specifically for the clients who
were loud, and colourful, and interesting,
and had a great collection of stuff -- and the
house sort of boiled down to that. It's a great
brief. And that's what the brief was."
It might seem a bit fairytale, but when it
comes down to it, relinquishing control and
allowing Coda to simply respond and deliver
is a rare and vital quality, which gives this
story its happily ever after.
" ey're so passionate about what they do,
and their work reflects that," says Sascha.
"We'd seen their projects before, and said
'we like what you do, so just do it'." I
BRIGHT ON: The vibrant cabinetry is a welcome departure from
the usual white kitchen -- adding further substance and pattern.
CONTACTS: ARCHITECT: CODA Studio (08) 9433
60 00; BUILDER: ICS Australia (08) 9330 2699; BRICK
SUPPLY: Midland Brick (08) 9300 0169; ELECTRICAL:
Powerflex Electrical (08) 9355 2555; DOORS AND
WINDOWS: Frontline Windows (08) 9418 3 7 77;
POLYCARBONATE ROOFING: Advanced Architectural
Products (08) 9279 1064; CONCRETE: BGC Concrete (08)
9261 1899; Structural Steel: National Lintels (08) 9240 1666.
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