The Naked Architect: FIGR Architects, S3 E3

Session topic: Fees and Budget
Project: Silhouette Hytte
Architect: FIGR Architects
Episode Length: 18 mins

Fees and Budget

What was the breakdown of fees from stage to stage? What are the different fee models? How are they appropriate? How are the project budget and fees related? How is the project budget controlled? Who is responsible for it? Is it okay to cut things out of the project, then put them back in? In this episode we speak with Michael Artemenko, director FIGR Architects and client Antoine, owner of Silhouette Hytte, to uncover the answers.

FIGR is a multi-disciplinary design studio dedicated to making architecture more valuable to people.  From homes to workplaces, architecture can give us a deeper emotional connection with our environment, landscape and most importantly, ourselves. Measured and creative, FIGR’s award-winning architectural approach is reinforced by a rigorous commitment to excellence and efficiency. FIGR delivers the highest standard of architectural and interior design services in a thoroughly creative, competent and cost-effective manner.

Nestled in the quiet streets of Elwood, this project is located on a narrow block with an east facing backyard. Presented with a number of challenging constraints such as a heritage overlay, flood overlay and close proximity of neighbouring trees, the project required a carefully considered design response to achieve the clients brief. A 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with open plan living, dining, kitchen and study that needed to be practical, contemporary and complimentary within its existing context. The familiar form and pitched roof makes reference to the existing house vernacular, with a playful and updated appearance.

The Naked Architect is an initiative of Open House Melbourne, with support from the Architects Registration Board of Victoria, and in association with ArchiTeam. The third series was launched in 2019 as part of the year-round program of Open House.

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