Press: FMSA Architecture creates Australia’s first ‘scenario-based’ family violence training centre

The recently completed Victoria Police Centre of Learning for Family Violence has been featured on Australian Design Review.  The Centre, which is designed by FMSA Architecture for Victoria Police, includes Australia’s first scenario training and simulation spaces dedicated to training those on the front-line of family violence.

Of the project FMSA Director Greg Anson comments “As architects we have a unique opportunity to shape the way we live, work and learn. The Centre of Learning for Family Violence demonstrates how informed and collaborative design can boost the quality of training environments for front line agencies like Victoria Police, which in turn improves social outcomes for the wider community.”

Read the full article on Australian Design Review

Media: New net-zero energy PICAC Narre Warren education centre featured in Create

Australia is set to have its first Net Zero Energy education and research facility, the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) at Narre Warren.

The landmark project was recently featured by Create.Digital.  The article discusses how our collaboration with engineers NDY has delivered an ambitious design using the latest sustainable design innovations. Read more here:

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…/alpine-architectu…/

Photographer: Mark Munro Photography 

Press: Notes from Community Plumbing Challenge South Africa

Last year Kirstin Griese had the privilege to participating in the 2016 Community Plumbing Challenge as the Team Australia Design Lead. Taking place in Diepsloot – Johannesburg, South Africa, the goal of the Community Plumbing Challenge program was to demonstrate the vital role of the plumbing industry in protecting public health.

In this months Australian Plumbing Magazine Kirstin shares her experience from the Challenge providing an insight into what it is like to work with limited tools in a place where the struggle for sanitation is a part of every day life.

A life changing experience, Kirstin best sums up the impact in saying ”What we did was plant a seed. On a global level, that seed may have been small but grew and flourished into other better things.”

To read the full interview visit the website here.

Masterchef Australia serves up tasty treats at the Richmond Rowing Club

Eagle eye Masterchef fans might have spotted one of our projects the Richmond Rowing Club on screen last night. The lucky contestants had a masterclass with judges Gary, George and Matt on the banks of the Yarra from the deck of the Richmond Rowing Club.

Designed by FMSA, the new extension of the Richmond Rowing Club creates an elegant bookend to the iconic recreational rowing shed precinct.

FMSA oriented the expansion to take in the iconic view across the Yarra River and Melbourne City skyline. The flexible space and outdoor deck caters for training, education, and now televised cooking classes!

Check out the episode and the stunning views at Richmond Rowing Club for yourself over at Ten Play

Press: Ashwood Chadstone Gateway featured online

Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project is a project that reflects our commitment to deliver socially conscious solutions.  The development includes a mixture of affordable rental properties for singles, couples, families and older people on low to moderate incomes, as well as privately owned dwellings. In total the development provides 210 social housing apartments and townhouses, plus a further 72 privately owned dwellings.

Our approach to deliver a conscious community resulted in ongoing value and connection for the residents and helped to reduce the stigma often associated with affordable housing.

Recently the project has been featured on a number of online industry sites, check them out at:

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DELWP Corryong Airbase breaks ground

FMSA has been working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning to redevelop the Corryong Airbase. The $2.1 million upgrade to the Corryong Airport Precinct in northern Victoria includes a new multipurpose terminal building, new hangar and development sites and works to the runway.

The project is about to about to break ground and gained some positive support and coverage in the local paper, the Corryong Courier. We are excited about the new facility and being able to work again with DELWP to design infrastructure that supports their important work in the firefighting and emergency response activities.


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.