Farewell 2017 + Happy Holidays

2017 has been an busy year in the FMSA studio which saw us push the limits with new technology creating the Kooky Cubby, welcome several new faces to the team and design several exciting new projects. With many exciting projects under construction we are looking forward to sharing more work with you in 2018.

From the everyone at FMSA Architecture, we wish our clients, consultants and collaborators a happy and safe festive season. 

Our office will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 21st December and will reopen on Monday 15th January 2018.

headspace Adelaide highlighted as best practice in designing spaces for young people

The headspace youth centre that FMSA designed for headspace Adelaide was recognised as a case study for best practice in designing spaces for young people in a new book titled ‘Child & Adolescent Wellbeing & Violence Prevention in Schools’ published by Routledge. 

The chapter and research titled ‘Enhancing the wellbeing of young people: The co-creation of a youth mental health space’ (K Koehne, A Hutton, S Hough and C Slee) was undertaken in partnership with Flinders University, SWAPv Conference, headspace Onkaparinga.

Congratulations to the research team and headspace on their important work supporting youth around Australia – learn more about the book at https://www.routledge.com/9781138104785

FMSA Architecture supports marriage equality

FMSA Architecture is committed to creating socially inclusive solutions, spaces and communities. As a practice, we support equality for all in our society.

We design solutions that support society as a whole and better the environment we live in. We support marriage equality in Australia.

In the Studio | On campus student housing refurbishments

Our interior designers are currently designing a contemporary solution for the refurbishment of on-campus student housing. The client engaged FMSA to design an the refurbishment of the on campus boarding house including the administration areas, common rooms and student bedrooms.

Led by our interior designers, we have developed concepts that compliments the traditional architecture of the historic building while delivering contemporary spaces that reflect modern aesthetics for home and living, creating a warm and supportive environment for the boarders and staff.

Currently under development, the concept combines a modern scandi style colour palette including pink, forest green and sky blue with textural elements such as plywood and carpet.

Press | Alpine Residence featured by Australian Design Review

Recently the Australian Design Review featured our project the Alpine Residence as an exemplar project in their recent article ‘Australian alpine architecture: three of the best’.

Located on the isolated Redbank Plain in Victoria’s High Country, the Alpine Residence is a modern alpine home. Off the grid, the brief was to design a high quality ‘original’ house appropriate for the alpine climate and remote location, minimise energy consumption and maintenance demands.

Read the article at https://www.australiandesignreview.com/…/alpine-architectu…/

Photographer: Mark Munro Photography 

Exploring new ideas at the UIB Innovation Workshop

FMSA Architecture Associate Director Hao Lee and Business Development Manager Karen Tan attended the first United in Business Workshop last Friday facilitated by Melbourne United Basketball Club.  

‘It was an engaging workshop which challenged us to rethink our approach to how we design and how we can create better design that is human centered’ says Karen. Her key takeaways were ’empathy, listening and understanding the needs of the client and constant testing the ideas are key to design thinking’.

Hao is looking forward to taking back our learning to test it within our office and as methodology for the designs of our projects so look out for some exciting workshops with our clients.

Watch the UIB video for an insight into the workshop http://bit.ly/2vzpdWA

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.