This month, Fender Katsalidis Architects (FK) is proud to announce the launch of its first book, Fender Katsalidis: Working Architecture, marking the first time the practice’s diverse body of work has been formally documented in one elegantly presented, limited-edition publication.
Published by Uro, the book traces the rich history of the practice through 31 key projects selected from its portfolio of works. The book provides a rare glimpse into the creative and innovative energy that has come to define FK as a highly awarded, multi-disciplinary international design firm whose work now influences built environment thinking across the globe.
The body of built work is a testament to the FK team and founding directors Karl Fender and Nonda Katsalidis’ ongoing commitment to design excellence and innovation across as range of sectors, including buildings in the arts, business, private housing and in apartment design, where the practice has had a significant influence on Australia’s built environments.
“The launch of the book comes at a pivotal moment for the practice, as FK is poised to enter a new chapter of controlled expansion and a new period of design richness,” says Karl Fender.
A series of key high-profile projects that are currently underway point to the journey that is to come as a practice that continues to shape Melbourne’s city and skyline, while expanding its influence abroad. Australia 108 is currently under construction, as well as two 80-storey residential buildings on Queen Street in Melbourne’s CBD (in collaboration with Cox Architecture). A landmark tower by FK in Kuala Lumpur is also set to become the world’s fifth tallest building, land-marking the city’s important Stadium Merdeka precinct, the location of the country’s Proclamation of Independence in 1957.
The book also reveals that beyond the immediate drama and iconology of the practice’s work, there is another important drive intrinsic to the philosophy of FK to push architecture’s potential.
Working across the full cycle of architectural design, from planning and detailing, to construction and delivery and even through innovation in commercial development models, FK remains committed to testing the limits of what architecture can achieve for the built environment.
“The success of the practice has been driven by FK’s ability to move with the commercial realities of our time, and by its innovative and collaborative approach to architecture through working closely with forward-thinking developers across a range of sectors,” says Nonda Katsalidis, whose Unitised Building System has revolutionised construction timeframes and costs. “Our clients know that to work with FK is to gain access to our uniquely talented team as a creative design studio that is also commercially astute.”
The work of FK has, over the years, made the typologies in which its works are situated highly desirable places to live, work and visit by contributing to their culture and commerce.
FK has shaped and enhanced the quality of Melbourne’s architecture through its many residential buildings from the early years of the practice through to the present day. These include FK’s early works such as the Melbourne Terrace Apartments and Republic Tower, and more recently Eureka Tower and Australia 108, all of which continue to attract residents and generate commercial interest and investment in the central city.
The same impact of FK’s designs is often said of other places such as Tasmania, with the practice’s design for the Museum of Old and New Art firmly placing Hobart on the world stage a global cultural destination.
With a foreword by Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medalist, Peter Wilson, a written contribution from renowned Australian architect and Gold Medalist Graeme Gunn AM and a revealing narrative by the distinguished architectural author, critic and educationalist Leon van Schaik AO, Fender Katsalidis: Working Architecture provides a long overdue opportunity to consider this influential practice’s remarkable past, present and future.
Fender Katsalidis: Working Architecture, Uro Publications, $79.00
The book is available for purchase from www.uropublications.com