OUR ETHOS

AM—Architecture is driven by a passion for grounded and beautiful design.

We bring to each project a wealth of experience, a thoughtful and sensitive design approach and an unwavering commitment to our clients and their project.

Each house must find a beautiful potency in experience. This is the conceptual heart or the essence of each project, and it must always centre on our client and their site.

We integrate forms, textures, materials, aspect, sound, space, light and shadow, to build an intimate and personal connection between the home and the people that reside there.

We merge architecture with landscape as we believe a connection to nature is innate. We embrace sunlight and always design to a high passive energy performance.

We work toward elegant and clear outcomes that do not rest on simplicity alone. We believe that good design should always be potent and inspiring.

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OUR PEOPLE

AM—Architecture was founded by director, Andrew Mellios in 2008.  Andrew received a Bachelor of Architecture Honours from Melbourne University in 2000. He is a registered architect in Victoria and an A+ member of the Australian Institute of Architects.

During an extensive career, spanning more than 23 years working in London and Melbourne, Andrew’s focus has been in high-end residential projects. During this time, he has developed an experience and capability that bridges all spectrums of design, including technical and administration processes.

Andrew places an emphasis on ensuring that the client brief is always at the centre of the studio’s creative processes and that every project finds its essence, its conceptual heart.

He directs each project maintaining an intimate understanding of its detail and progress and, along with the Project Architect, remains attentive and a point of contact for the client.

Andrew is joined by a team of skilled registered architects, who bring a professionalism and passion for their craft, to every project and client.

OUR SERVICES

PRE-DESIGN

 

Typically, our process begins with a Pre-Design Exercise, similar to a feasibility study, where we evaluate the site and regulatory environment to arrive at early sketches and cost estimates.

This stage refines the project’s scope, client brief and budget, providing a clearer outline of the project at an early stage and the confidence to proceed.

This is particularly beneficial for those considering a property purchase or embarking on a complex project.

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DESIGN AND DOCUMENTATION

 

In these stages, we work closely with you to detail every aspect of the project, covering concept, interior design, materials, finishes, fixtures, fittings, equipment, services, heating and cooling, lighting, technology, furnishings and more.

We employ 2D, 3D, and VR technologies for a fully resolved design, ensuring that our clients have a thorough understanding of their project, in every detail.

 

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We review construction costs at key points in the project development, providing opportunity for adjustment and change, to deliver a project within client expectation.

We draw on a team of over 40 specialist consultants, subcontractors, and industry experts, across various fields, to ensure a project’s success. Our consistently thorough documentation minimises issues on site and provides the contractor with a comprehensive understanding of the construction detail.

 

CONSTRUCTION

 

Approaching construction, we manage appropriate contractor selection and the tender or negotiation processes and advise on the appropriate form of contract.

Our architects administer the contract to completion, including regular site inspections. We work with the contractor ensuring timely resolution of questions and coordinating all project communication and financial administration.

Post-handover, we continue to liaise between owner and contractor to ensure any required works are documented and addressed.

 

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AWARDS

2020 Houses Awards

House Addition and Alteration over 200m2

Shortlisted : Elwood House

 

2020 Houses Awards

House in a Heritage Context

Shortlisted : Elwood House

 

2019 Australian Institute of Architects,
Victorian Chapter Awards

Residential Additions and Alterations over 200msq

Shortlisted: South Yarra House

 

2019 Houses Awards

House in a Heritage Context

Shortlisted: South Yarra House

 

2016 Idea Awards

Residential New

Shortlisted: Sorrento Beach House

 

2016 Houses Awards

Sustainability

Shortlisted: Sorrento Beach House

 

2016 Houses Awards

New House over 200m2

Shortlisted: Sorrento Beach House

 

2014 Timber Design Awards

Interior Residential

Finalist: Hawthorn House

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Our workplace and the houses we create are located on the lands of the Wurundjeri, Bunurong, Wadawurrung and Taungurung Peoples.

We wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners of these lands and waterways and pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples here today.