Fred Architecture has evolved from the multi-award-winning practice Fiona Winzar Architects established in 2005. Recognising the need for more economical, sustainable, and practical living, our focus is to design beautiful, energy-efficient homes and workplaces.
Our design philosophy embraces many things but is largely based on ‘placemaking’. Design drivers are the client’s needs, budget, site responsiveness, passive solar design, history of place, memory, culture, proportion, scale, contrast, and materials. While contemporary, the architectural language has romantic and expressive qualities. The spaces we create vary in scale, have a fluid quality and make subtle suggestions about how to use the space.
Sustainability is a key focus. With climate change our biggest challenge, we are committed to passive design, energy collection, battery storage, and promoting all-electric households and workplaces, but when possible we will go beyond the standards using super high energy efficient design ‘german passive haus’ featuring high-performance building envelope, fresh air ducting, and air tightness.
Australian identity is extremely relevant to us. We like to embrace the opportunities that our culture and climate present. We engage with site-specific responses on many levels. For example, Eades House’s unique belly-fronted balcony balustrade inspires the design for a new internal balustrade while Dreamcatcher offers a beautiful ’green screen’ giving back to the street and at the same time shades the house in summer and brings in full sun in winter.
Be it a new project, extension or refurbishment of an existing heritage building, our aim is for sustainable living and working that provides a sense of peace and beauty.
We proudly acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.