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.

Opinion: Solving the affordable housing crisis through collaboration

Recently FMSA Architecture Directors Greg Anson and Riordan Gough shared their perspective on the housing affordability issue:

Completed in 2013, the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway project is a great example of the positive outcomes that partnerships between government agencies and non-profit housing associations can deliver. The project provided benefits not only to the precinct through an increase in supply of affordable housing within Melbourne’s eastern growth corridor, but also improved and renewed the urban fabric, increased diversity and delivered triple bottom line returns on investment.

Designed by FMSA Architecture, the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway project provided a supply of affordable and socially mixed housing with private units within the same development as a result of a leveraged partnership between the State Government and not-for-profit housing association Port Philip Housing Association (PPHA).

The project was leveraged via the alternative procurement model to enable the delivery of a greater number of new social housing units for a lower end cost to the taxpayer than would have been possible for a traditional “government as developer” housing project. Land and funding from the Government initially facilitated the project, with PPHA and the developer led team going on to sell off 25% of the units to the private market and inject those profits back into additional social housing units.

What is different about this project is that the development far exceeded the typical ratio of 10-20% mix in social and private housing that is recommended for new private developments. In this case, the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway delivered 75% social housing and 25% private housing, resulting in a successful business model.

In her recent piece for The Age, Dr Kate Shaw from the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne commented on Melbourne’s increasing housing affordability issue.

We share Dr Shaw’s point of view that we can provide solutions that address the needs of the community by assessing the State, council and government land assets, especially near major transit corridors within the inner ring, and using the identified supply of public land now to create a supply of affordable housing in the vein of the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway model through partnerships between private investors and non-profit housing associations.

We believe in co-creating supportive environments for people through social innovation. We are looking forward to the opportunity to create the next affordable innovative housing project that positively contributes to the community and the environment.

Fairhaven Residence wins at the Master Builders Australia awards

We are thrilled to share that our project the Fairhaven Residence won the 2016 Best Project Home $500,000 – $1 million category at the Master Builders Australia National Awards.

Following wins in the same category at the regional and Victoria State awards, the project builders Larkin and Drought Builders took out the national award at the presentation dinner held in the Great Hall at Parliament House in Canberra.

Congratulations to our fantastic builders Larkin and Drought Builders on their win and beautiful work on the project.


Fairhaven Residence wins at State MBAV Awards

We are excited to announce that the Fairhaven Residence won two awards at the 2016 Master Builders Association Victoria Excellence in Housing Awards. Following their wins at the Regional Awards for Best Sustainable Home, and Best Custom Home $800,000 – $1 million honouring, the Fairhaven Residence took out the same categories at the State level, recognising the great work by builders Larkin and Drought Builders.

Congratulations to Larkin and Drought Builders and the FMSA team again on the wins and the fantastic projects.

ACGP – Creating a community

Recently Director Greg Anson presented the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project at the Innovation in Social Housing seminar hosted by the Australian Housing Institute. The presentation focused on how the architectural response helped to create a community.

Since opening in 2013, the development has fostered a strong and vibrant community that enriches the lives of the people who live there and the community around them. The project is a a leading example of our design philosophy at work – creating opportunities for better experiences through socially responsive architectural solutions.

The proof that this approach delivers ongoing value is best expressed by the community of the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway. We recently interviewed the residents and PPHA staff about their experiences and the social benefits this development has achieved.

Watch the video below to learn how the architectural solution created a community.

Completed: Fairhaven Residence

We are excited to share one of our latest completed projects, the Fairhaven Residence. Nestled in an area of landscape significance on an elevated site in Fairhaven, a Victorian seaside town on the Great Ocean Road, the residence is designed to capture both the ocean view across Fairhaven towards the ocean, and the surrounding bushland.

Utilising expanses of glazing to maintain this connection with the landscape, every room has a view, with the main living and kitchen orientated towards the ocean in one direction and the Split Point Lighthouse in the other. Areas of retreat including the bedrooms, study and courtyard are oriented towards the bushland.

This project was the third engagement of FMSA by these clients.  Full scope architectural services were provided.

Congratulations to the project team! To learn more about the Fairhaven Residence, visit our project gallery

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.

DHS Norlane dwellings recently completed

FMSA recently completed a number of dual occupancy dwellings located in Norlane for the Department of Human Services. The dwellings located across 4 sites, replace existing dwellings.

Working closely as a team the project was successfully executed across our 2 offices. Designed and managed until tender stage in our North Melbourne office, contract administration was managed by staff in our Geelong office.