Finnis are excited to announce that our multi-residential development in Cheltenham was featured in leading industry publication, Architecture & Design this month!
Sustainability is the cornerstone of all Finnis Architects’ work. We look at how we can achieve the most sustainable dwellings possible by considering orientation, materials used, size of rooms, ceiling heights, window design, heating and cooling, floor construction, and passive solar potential.
For us, the first step on the path to sustainability is taking a detailed brief. We also question the necessity of stated requirements. For example, we might ask a client if they really need spaces that will be rarely used but which still require heating and cooling. Read more →
As a studio made up of young, dynamic team of architects and designers, Finnis Architects are dedicated to producing the best architecture in Australia. Led by Les Finnis, a man of passion with over 40 years of extraordinary experience, he has established a studio with a strong architectural language and open, collaborative culture. This philosophy is expressed through an uncluttered modernism appropriate to each project Finnis Architects have completed over the years from residential housing to multi-residential apartments and community housing to single dwellings. Read more →
Melbourne-based Finnis Architects have undertaken significant research into current multi-residential housing trends and locally specific demographic analysis for one of their most recent apartment projects in Cheltenham, a medium-density development of 35 apartments. This residential project maximises the development yield without sacrificing on design quality. Read more →
We work across a variety of areas in Melbourne and have become extremely familiar with the local government planning process – in fact we consider this vitally important to all of our projects whether they are multi-residential apartments to residential housing and community housing to single dwellings. As architects, we believe that our role is providing design solutions that benefit the local community as a whole, and we enjoy working with developers and local governments who support this ideal. Unfortunately, over recent years we have witnessed an increasing discord between local planning regulations and community aspirations – sometimes to the point where the application of planning laws appears to contradict the objectives of local government planning policies such as Municipal Strategic Statements and other local government initiatives. Read more →
We are firm believers in the benefits of post-occupancy evaluation – it’s a great way to gain specific knowledge from end-users of a project that can be applied to future designs. For our award winning retirement village development in Richfield (Richmond) we used a unique evaluation process, conducting interviews with owners and occupiers after each stage of the project. We discussed design attributes, their likes and dislikes and where we could improve. The information gained from these evaluations was incorporated in to future stages, resulting in a hugely successful project that has not only received positive reviews from residents but recognition from the UDIA – it won the state and national awards for Excellence in Aged Care in Australia. Read more →
Our recent multi-residential apartment and single dwelling projects in Melbourne’s bayside and inner urban areas demonstrate that fantastic results can be achieved within small spaces – luxurious environments that offer generous proportions on relatively small footprints.
A modernist approach has enabled us to create clever additions and alterations to homes in the Albert Park, Middle Park and Brighton areas. These projects effectively economise space, while delineating the juncture between the old and the new – enhancing the aesthetics of both existing features and sculptured shapes of the contemporary built form. Read more →
The words ‘housing estate’ conjure up a variety of images to different people, but at Finnis Architects we are using our multi-residential architecture expertise to challenge the status quo of Greenfields developments. One of our more recent projects in Gisborne is the design of over 90 new homes, which, unlike other homogenous estate housing, are all individually designed according to passive environmental principles such as orientation, solar access and natural light. Read more →
As current award winning architects, Finnis Architects are thrilled to announce that our Beach Road, Sandringham project has won two prestigious architecture awards to add to our award winning architecture firm. The development has picked up numerous awards over multiple years and confirms Finnis Architects as a leader in Melbourne architecture.