Kooky Cubby goes under the hammer!

Last night the Cubby House Challenge culminated in the largest and most high-profile fundraising activity on the Kids Under Cover calendar – the Cubby House Challenge Auction night.

The event saw this years 5 cubby house teams gather together with the judges, community and Kids Under Cover supporters to celebrate the success of the project with the announcement of the challenge awards and the auction of each cubby house.

We are excited to share that the Kooky Cubby was awarded the Best Architecturally Designed Cubby and sold for $20,000, contributing the record $92,500 raised by the Challenge.

Congratulations to all of the teams involved in the challenge, the auctioneers, supporters and Kids Under Cover staff for their support.

Special congratulations to our team who helped bring the Kooky Cubby from the an big concept to an even bigger result.

Striking a pose at the Kooky Cubby

Today FMSA communications all-rounder Jess spent the day at the Kooky Cubby with photographer Rhiannon Slatter capturing the cubby while it is all shiny and new before it goes on display for the public tomorrow at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

Luckily after a few less than perfect days of weather, we were blessed with the clear blue skies and sunny days we love in Melbourne. We made the most of the perfect conditions and captured all the angles and details of the cubby with the help of our junior FMSA representative to bring some play to the play space.

We can’t wait to share the final shots with you soon, but in the meantime enjoy these sneak peeks taken by Jess on the day.



Domain features the Kooky Cubby

On the eve of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show commence and the big reveal of the Kooky Cubby to the public, it was fantastic to be featured in the Domain magazine liftout in The Age this Saturday.

FMSA Architecture Director Greg Anson spoke with reporter Jayne D’Arcy for the feature entitled ‘Far from child’s play’. Speaking about our motivation for being involved in the Kids Under Cover Cubby House Challenge, Greg said ‘entering the challenge highlights FMSA’s social focus. We do a lot of work for people needing special housing and often see the consequences of youth homelessness, disadvantage and plain bad luck.’

Describing the Kooky Cubby as having a ‘jewel like quality’, we are excited to share the results of this challenging design and delivery process with the public this week.

To read the full feature click the following link.

Final day of cubby construction!

Having worked for months on the construction of the cubby, it is fair to say the Kooky Cubby team are starting to go a little kooky themselves.

The last week presented many challenges including combating torrential rain, finding solutions for the final details and getting the cubby finished on time!

We are happy to share that we made it through the last day of construction and the Kooky Cubby is finally complete! Thank you to the team for their effort to get through the final push to see the cubby done.

It is fair to say that the team members who were there at the end of the day were ecstatic, excited and maybe just a little exhausted.

Tomorrow the Kooky Cubby together with the 4 other cubbies in the Kids Under Cover Cubby House Village will be visited by the Design and Kid judges ahead of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show opening on Wednesday 29th March.

Thank you to all of our Kooky Cubby team members and staff who volunteered to help get the cubby finished. What an amazing achievement!

Putting the finishing touches on the Kooky Cubby

After months of design, testing and construction the Kooky Cubby team are in the home stretch. With only a few days to go until the Cubby House Village is open to the public and the cubbies are auctioned to raise funds for Kids Under Cover, the team is busy putting the finishing touches on the cubby.

Now that the cubby is at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show site the team are able to complete works on the base plinth including adding the grass layer and Colorbond steel cladding.

Inside the cubby work the CNC cut acrylic provided by QAQ Decorative screening and honeycomb like timber roof screen cut by RMIT Architectural Robotics Lab was fixed in place revealing the amazing effect that the coloured material has on the printed wall panels. Giving the cubby a rosy and golden glow, the addition of the roof really brings the internal space to life.

Follow our progress through the last days of the challenge on our social media channels as we share more updates.

Kooky Cubby arrives at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

After a busy weekend working on the Kooky Cubby, today we were excited to see the Kooky Cubby make the journey from Bowens  North Melbourne to its new home at the Melbourne Flower & Garden Show today.

With only a week to go until the the Show starts and our cubby is auctioned for Kids Under Cover as part of the 2017 Cubby House Challenge the team is busily putting the final touches on the cubby before its big reveal to the public.


ABC breakfast visits the Kooky Cubby

This week the Kooky Cubby team downed tools and welcomed ABC reporter James Hancock to the Kooky Cubby Construction Hub at Bowens North Melbourne.

FMSA Architecture Business Development Manager Karen Tan was joined by Kids Under Cover CEO Jo Swift and parenting, relationships and happiness expert (and Cubby House Challenge Judge) Dr Justin Coulson to chat about the Kooky Cubby and the potential of 3d printing in the building industry, the importance of play and the great work that Kids Under Cover do in preventing youth homelessness.

Thank you to James for visiting and reporting from the Kooky Cubby. To get a sneak peek of the Kooky Cubby before it is on display at the public at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show click the link to watch the ABC interview.


Behind the scenes as the ABC films at the Kooky Cubby

As we race towards the finish line, the Kooky Cubby is really starting to take shape. This morning we downed tools and welcomed reporters from the ABC to chat with FMSA Business Development Manager Karen Tan, Cubby House Challenge judge Dr Justin Coulson and Kids Under Cover CEO Jo Swift about the Kooky Cubby and the challenge.

It was great to show off the progress so far and we are excited to show it to the public at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in 2 weeks.

Be sure to check back for details of when the ABC feature is set to air.

Raising the walls of the Kooky Cubby

After months of design, prototyping, testing and production we are finally approaching the finishing line in the Kooky Cubby process. Today the team celebrate a major milestone which saw the first 3d printed wall panels installed on the base plinth.

The process felt like a mix of putting together a very complex 3 dimensional puzzle, and an old timey barn raising with the team working together to place one panel at a time on the base, adjust the position and hold it in place for fixing before moving on to the next.

We couldn’t let this occasion pass without capturing it on film so that we could share our excitement and an insight into the unique process. If only it was as quick as the timelapse portrays!

With only a couple of weeks to go until the Kooky Cubby is on show at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and auctioned as part of the Kids Under Cover Cubby House Challenge fundraising project, we will be sharing more updates of our progress.