In the studio | Wills St, Bright

Another project that the team has been working on is Wills St Bright. The subject land is located on the eastern fringe of the Central Business District (CBD) and is ideally placed for urban renewal. Our designers worked with the client to create a solution that is modern and enliven the surrounding area.

An application for a planning permit was made to the Alpine Shire Council for the construction of four dwellings and commercial building, to be used as shops, and subdivision at 20 Wills Street, Bright.

The project recently received a planning permit and we are excited to see this project progress.

More updates from the studio soon.


1 minute with | Interior Designer Kim Dumayne

Next up in our staff profile series 1 minute with, meet Interior Designer Kim Dumayne. In addition to being a great interior designer, Kim is an amazing photographer. Get to know more :

Why did you do interiors?

Interior design is inherently about people – how we occupy and interact with space and with each other. Pursuing interiors was my way of attempting to enhance people’s daily lives.

What is it that you like about being an interior designer?

Having the chance to explore and practice creative ideas with people.

What is it about design that you love?

Design is all around us. The ability to have an impact on, or at least inform, how we interact with the world around us – whether it is for work, rest or play.

This weekend you’ll find me…. Taking photos – here, there and everywhere.

My hidden talent is… the ability to fit everything in the car boot.

Favourite time of day and why? Blue hour – favourite light for photography

Your personal colour palette is: black and white

Spirit animal: Totoro


FMSA hits the road for Run Melbourne 2017

Following on from their success at the Run for the Kids earlier in the year, a group of FMSA staff once again put on their running shoes and hit the road for a fun run, this time to participate in Run Melbourne 2017.

The regular lunchtime training sessions paid off as the team hit the streets of Melbourne in the 10km and 21km with the whole team making it across the finish line.

Congrats to the team and stay tuned for our next fun run later in the year!


In the studio | Glenrowan House

In the studio we are working on some really unique and interesting projects that are at different stages of development. In the coming weeks we are going to share a few with you, starting with the Glenrowan House.

The Glenrowan House is a new house set in the middle of a former cherry farm in the historic town of Glenrowan in Victoria’s high country. Currently at planning stage, the Glenrowan House is a true entertainers house with living spaces opening to the outdoor living area to take in the spectacular views across the property towards the mountains in the distance.  Private spaces such as bedrooms stem off the open living space to give a sense of retreat to the occupants. A modern material palette including rich timbers, rammed earth and stone will ground the home within the rich landscape.

We look forward to sharing more about this project as it continues to develop.


FMSA supports Redfire Engineers charity trivia event

Last Friday night a keen group of FMSA staff headed to the annual Big Ask Trivia Night organised by RED Fire Engineers to raise money for  ChildFund Australia.

FMSA teams ‘Double Up’ and ‘Finland Mamamia Secret Animals’ competed against a room of keen trivia teams in categories such as Europe, 1980’s Movies, Marvel Cinematic Universe and Famous People. While we may not have know all of the answers (it was super hard guys!) we did manage to walk away in 3rd and 4th!

A big thank you to RED Fire Engineers for organising such a fun night, and congratulations on raising $3341.85 for ChildFund Australia.


Sketch to Reality: Portsea Residence

Each space and building we design in the FMSA studio starts from the idea often expressed as a quick sketch. The act of sketching allows our designers to explore their ideas and in doing so they set the aesthetic form and architectural expression of the end product. The journey from sketch to building is unique as each project.

Today we share a sketch and photographs of the Portsea House to show how the feeling evoked by the lines on a page are evident in the final form.

Located in the seaside town of Portsea, the Portsea House is a modern luxury beach house.  Designed to optimise the panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay, the home is grounded on the site by the simple palette of natural textural materials used creating an open and light spatial quality.

In the sketch by the project architect FMSA Principal Peter Sandow we see the early exploration of siting and the journey  from the street to the home on the challenging sloping site. In the final resolution we see the journey is celebrated in the form of the sandstone staircase leading to the home nestled on top of the site.

Photographer: Rhiannon Slatter Photography


Inspired by Living Small, Gardening Big

Our Business Development Manager Karen Tan attended the “Living Small, Gardening Big: Bringing greenery into our homes and communities” panel discussion last night at VU at Metrowest. Karen says ‘It was inspiring to hear their views and I agree that plants are underestimated and we need to incorporate more of them into our spaces, as their therapeutic value is so high and contributes to the health and wellbeing of the people in the spaces.”

Her takeaways from the panel discussions were: Don’t be afraid to give it a go! Gardening is great for social connectivity! The discussion inspired Karen to increase the number of indoor plants in our office!


In the studio | celebrating with cake

We have spoken several times on the blog about our love of cake in the FMSA studio. The team doesn’t need to have their arms twisted to get together to celebrate birthdays, especially as we always have a cake on each team members birthday.

And today we were lucky enough to have not one but two birthday cakes. Happy hump day indeed! And happy birthday to Associate Director Hao Lee of course.


In the studio | Work experience at FMSA

A few times a year we host work experience students in the FMSA studio to give them an insight into what the day to day” is like for an architect. Rather than task them with photocopying and filing we set them a series of design tasks that allows them to see what being an architect involves, learn some new programs and of course try out spatial design.

Last week we hosted our latest work experience student Nicole and we were so impressed with her design that we just had to share it. We set Nicole the task of designing a building that would activate the pocket park outside the FMSA studio. Currently the park is a lacklustre island of grass and a few trees surrounded on all sides by roads and apartments. In other words, the opportunities are endless.

Throughout the FMSA staff shared their skills and what they do to give Nicole an idea about what she could expect from a career in architecture, and to give her some guidance to develop her design.

Nicole embraced the task from day 1 and developed a detailed concept for a communal hub named The Hive included a 3d model, a physical model and materials boards. We love the concept and wish that something like this really existed to activate the space. Fingers crossed that City of Melbourne does something with this space in the future.

Thanks to the FMSA team members for sharing their knowledge with Nicole, especially Jess, David & Emily!


Awards: Eastern Hub recognised at the MBAV Regional Awards South West

Congratulations to Rendine Constructions on winning the Excellence in construction of Commercial Buildings over $6 million and Regional Commercial Builder of the Year at the 2017 Regional Building Awards – South West for our project the Eastern Hub.

We are proud to have been involved in this special community project and to work collaboratively with a fantastic builder to realise our vision for the Eastern Hub. 

Congratulations to the Rendine team on receiving the recognition for your excellent work.