Kooky Cubby update: Pushing the boundaries & printing with plastic

Throughout the Kooky Cubby build process there has been constant testing and experimentation, along with failures of the technology and materials as the boundaries were pushed. The freedoms and limitations of this advanced fabrication technique were challenging, but allowed the team to strive for innovation and create an integrated solution.

Printing complex shapes and geometry our of plastic using a printing robot has definitely been a learning process for the whole Kooky Cubby team.

As a truly one of a kind form, the final form was driven by the need for creative solutions to design constraints. Addressing the issues during this prototyping stage have set the project parameters including the logistics of the assembly, the selection and availability of plastic to use for printing; printing constraints like speed, bead size, temperature and times; panel sizes for weight and ease of transport, the connection details between the panels and other materials, and integrating structure into the panel design for rigidity.

As the constraints are solved we are ready to start printing the real, final panels – more on that later!


ACGP nominated for Property Council Australia Award

Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project (ACGP) is nominated as one of the finalists for the Property Council of Australia innovation & excellence awards.

One of seven finalists vying for the Gough Recruitment Award for Best Residential Development award, the awards will be announced on May 17th 2014.


Design for an Active City competition

Recently a team of FMSA staffers designed an installation for the Design for an Active Cities Competition taking place as a part of the 2011 State of Design Festival.  This competition seeks to activate the northern pedestrian section of the Collins Street Bridge as it spans Wurundjeri Way, connecting Docklands and the Melbourne CBD.

Our team designed a digital intervention for the site, bringing life and purpose to what is a sterile and dead site. Engaging with pedestrian’s sense of sight and sound, threefold is an interactive installation. Using digital technology including QR Codes, users are given snippets of sound from popular open spaces and attractions throughout Melbourne CBD, encouraging users to explore the city more.

The installation also proposes the use of digital and physical street art throughout the shelter, bringing the essence of Melbourne’s street art culture to the Docklands.

Judging for the Design for Active Cities Competition is under way with the winner announced and exhibition beginning 25 July.


FMSA Mapping the ‘Burbs

Recently FMSA were invited to participate in MAPPING THE ‘BURBS, a program creating bike tours in various areas around Melbourne. FMSA Director Greg Anson and Graduate Jonny Tanoto worked together to create an architectural tour of Beaumaris.

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Sows Ear Competition Entry

FMSA recently entered the Chapman & Bailey Design Challenge 2011. The Sow’s Ear Challenge 2011 is an opportunity for designers to flex their creative muscle by creating an innovative, beautiful and functional item of furniture using waste generated from their workshop, namely hoop pine stretcher off cuts.

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National Boer War Memorial Competition – FMSA Entry

Recently FMSA participated in the open design competition for the National Boer War Memorial, Canberra.

The FMSA team generated a design proposal that seeks to be visually stimulating to passers-by and those that visit the memorial, the scale and presence to Anzac parade is modest and introspective. The broad design of the memorial was designed around a strict geometry and axis sympathetic with the Griffins’ plan for Canberra. The design proposal was heavily inspired by the geometry of Rising Sun Badge, with the 13 sandstone blades depicting the 13 rays of sun in the emblem.

Inspiration was also drawn from the use of the horse as a key element in Australia’s defence in the Boer War. Through material choice and innovative details, the visitor is reminded subtly of this using sound created by the metal floor plates to recreate the ‘clip-clop’ of a horses hooves.