FOA Journal 06 – August 2020

It’s been a few months since we sent you one of our journals, and I’m glad to say it’s because we’ve been super busy.

We’ve had two projects recently wrap up on site. Our Caulfield North House project has finally reached completion. This two-story, timber clad extension transforms a charming but desperately run-down 1930s dwelling into a beautiful, rich and spacious family home.

Secondly, Elsternwick House of which we collaborated with Winter Architecture has also reached completion, with our very excited client and their beautiful family, very happy to be settling in prior to the recent stage 4 lockdowns. This brand new, 4 bedroom home looks and feels amazing, and we look forward to sharing it with you soon. A reminder that we did a little interview on-site earlier this year which you can watch here.

Of course, the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Victoria, along with the associated restrictions has continued to cast its spell across the year. We offer our best wishes to everyone in this difficult time, particularly those in Melbourne, and hope that you and your families remain healthy and safe. We have a huge amount of empathy for those whose industries and businesses are suffering as a result. Of course, we are all in this together and if there are things that we can do to help out, please feel free to get in touch.

As for FOA, it is mostly business as usual. We are all working from home again, which we’ve all been doing for the best part of 5 months. I feel like we’ve got it down to a pretty seamless transition now, and our work output has been genuinely free-flowing and productive.

However, there are plenty of times that we do miss the day to day interactions. Call me old fashioned, but I love being with my team in the studio, the face to face conversations, and the accidental moments of design inspiration. I also love seeing our city full of life and bustling with activity – we hope these times return soon.

In other news, Sanctuary Magazine recently published our Phoenix House Project from Roses Gap, Grampians. It’s such a great story, check it out right here.

On top of this, earlier this year, I was interviewed by Anthony Richardson and The Design Emotive to discuss the practice, our design process, and other bits and pieces. It’s a quick watch, feel free to check it out by clicking here, or the video below.

That’s about it for this month.

Stay safe and healthy, and we will look forward to seeing you all at the other end of this.

Chris + Team FOA