Ficus In Wonderland
Fall down the rabbit hole in the world premier exhibition Alice in Wonderland. Ficus is proud to have contributed to the construction of yet another ACMI extravaganza. Wonderland explores the literary works of Louis Carroll and the tales of his daring heroine, Alice as she explores whimsical tea parties, talking cats and more. In collaboration with Airstream architects we have created an immersive, enchanted world which everyone can enjoy.
Victoria Hotel gets a new lease on life
Ficus has recently completed our renovations to Melbourne’s inner-west Victoria Hotel. We had the pleasure of adjusting the interior layout of the main bar, seating and dining areas. New additions such as timber bar tops, tables, standing benches, overhead units, booth seating areas and an external corner entry door were installed to create a modern feel to the hotel, whilst still retaining its original eclectic charm.
Ficus completes new residential project in South Yarra
In close proximity to Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Street, this residential gem has been refurbished with a new bedroom loft and exterior living space. Whilst retaining the original heritage facade we have given the home a fresh look by installing skylights, timber and aluminium double-glazed sliding doors as well as a beautiful bespoke black-butt open staircase.
Ficus finishes new fit-out for Craft Victoria
Craft Victoria is a not for profit organisation dedicated to exhibiting and supporting contemporary artists and craftspeople throughout their careers. And it was our pleasure to be able to give them a new modern space to continue their great work! You can find their beautiful new gallery and retail store in the heart of Melbourne, on Watson Place. The design of this space is done beautifully and creates an incredibly light open space.
Ficus builds Neuw Denim at The Strand
Down a laneway in the heart of the city you can find the Neuw Denim flagship store that we completed constructing the end of last year. We love the minimal and dynamic design by Breathe Architecture that perfectly captures the spirit of the brand. We collaborated with SteelCraft Windows to create a number of joinery items; the raw black steel and whitewash timber complement each other beautifully.
The Corner Hotel Rooftop reopens!
Make the most of summer evenings and check out the freshly renovated rooftop at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, built by Ficus Constructions. We have collaborated with The Corner team many times over the past decade, and it just keeps getting better! This new sprawling rooftop space was designed by Therefore Studio, and heavily features our bespoke Plycraft joinery.
Ficus installs Circular Pivot Steel Window for Doherty Design Studios
We love it when designers come up with new ideas that push our spirit of invention and craft. This circular pivot window was one of our proudest ones to date! We really enjoyed working with Doherty Design Studio and SteelCraft Windows during the installation process.
Ficus build PlyCraft Joinery in Six Degrees Architects new studio
Our inventive collaboration with Six Degrees and recycling continues. This project involved the dismantling of the Collins Street fitout we built for them eight years ago and reassembling many components into the new warehouse in Fitzroy. Our PlyCraft team worked intensively so that it was all coherently integrated, including the stained glass windows salvaged from a previous Six Degrees job that were slighted for demolition.
Ficus installs Steel Windows in Brae guest suites
Six new luxury guest suites are now open to diners, expanding the offering at Brae’s 30 acre farm restaurant. Owner-operators Dan Hunter and Julianne Bagnata, together with business partners, Howard McCorkell and Damien Newton-Brown of McCorkell Brown Group have again collaborated with Six Degrees Architects to create an environmentally friendly, luxury rural accommodation experience.
Ficus Constructions meticulously installed the custom steel windows and shower screens fabricated by SteelCraft Windows.
The Kettle Black wins Best Cafe
At Eat Drink Design Awards 2015, Kettle Black & Studio You Me are the winners. As the jury put it “The Kettle Black sits at the apotheosis of cafe design right now – light, airy, spacious, where everything is carefully considered yet it all comes across as insouciant in the extreme… One half of The Kettle Black occupies the ground floor of a Victorian manor, the other the base for a rather brutal new build. The skill is in melding those extreme contexts into a gracious new whole. The touch is light, but the effect is one of gravitas.”
Breathe Architecture’s new studio at The Commons
Breathe move into The Commons in Brunswick and Ficus builds our first pencil wall for Breathe. FYI – not all HB pencils are the same size!
Swisse Marquee in The Birdcage at Flemington
Another year, another birdcage for Swisse – a birdcage within ‘the birdcage’ at the Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington Racecourse. Ficus’ reassembled last year’s Marquee, creatively reinvented by Matt Martino and featuring supersize photographs by Margaret Zhang.
Ficus installs Sydney SteelCraft for Breathe
‘Double Life’ House with Breathe Architecture completed in Surry Hills, after intensive sessions welding, painting and installing custom steel windows, shower screens and furniture for our friends from Reuben Hills Roastery. Ficus installed steel windows and furniture fabricated by SteelCraft Windows. The house presents as an un-renovated terrace to the street, and a calm oasis inside – thus, Double Life!
Traveller, Melbourne’s smallest cafe for Seven Seeds opens
Traveller opens in Crossley Lane Melbourne, inspired by the humble caravan.
New Swisse Headquarters under constructionSwisse Vitamins have outgrown their Six Degrees' HQ in Collingwood
Ficus are delighted to be collaborating again with Swisse and Six Degrees Architects on the new headquarters in Collingwood. Working together for relocation in time for Xmas 2015. Old HQ pictured.
Bibelot opens next door to Chez Dré South Melbourne
Ficus continues partnership with Chez Dré and Breathe Architecture, building steel windows and screens for Bibelot Patisserie in South Melbourne.
Botherambo opens in Richmond, designed by Techne
Nathan Peck’s new thai-vietnamese restaurant open’s in time for Christmas, the noodles are amazing!