Molecule Studio is an architecture and design practice formed in 2010 and led by husband and wife team, Richard Fleming & Anja de Spa. The two co-directors personally design and document every project to ensure that the client briefing, and concept direction is executed to the highest level.
The name of the studio, Molecule, is emblematic of the practice’s ethos. It represents the bond formed between the client, architect and builder with the exclusive intention of creating a one-off commission – the project. Each bespoke project is the creation of holistic and distinctive spaces which involves the blurring of the traditional boundaries of architecture, interior design and landscape design into a singular offering. One concept with multiple influences.
Through a close attention to detail, Molecule builds strong and long-lasting relationships with clients and the broader project team. ‘We see ourselves as custodians of our clients’ dreams and aspirations, a role that we never take for granted.’ Anja de Spa
Anja and Richard draw on their upbringing and architectural training in New Zealand to tailor a design response to the context and site to define what makes that place special, unique and of value to both the client and the broader community.
‘We are endlessly searching for design solutions that are fundamental and timeless. Our role as stewards of the built environment is to ensure that future generations will treasure our contribution.’ Richard Fleming
The practice’s near decade of experience across many sectors and projects scales, enables the studio to draw on its proven track record. Previous projects include single residential houses and apartments, boutique workplace and hospitality projects throughout Victoria and beyond.
ANJA DE SPA
Regarded for her rigorous approach, Anja has a love for materials and sensory elements. This creates a special tactile quality to her work that allows for deep connections between her clients and the unique spaces she designs with them.
Prior to forming Molecule, Anja worked at architecture practices in New Zealand, London, Rotterdam and Melbourne. The knowledge gained on large-scale works informs the thorough processes she applies to each Molecule project.
Anja approaches each project with an open mind – but comes armed with research and a contagious sense of commitment. She believes a tailored response to site, brief, client and budget creates the spark that brings life to each project and its definitive character.
B. Arch. (Unitec, New Zealand)
Registered Architect, Victoria
Richard is fascinated by how things work and was drawn to building and design from a young age. He tests his design concepts by hand through the creation of models that bring a physical form to big ideas. His deep knowledge of construction also allows him to confidently push design boundaries.
Richard’s career also extends to experience at large international practices in New Zealand, London and Rotterdam, where he worked on small and large projects across all sectors.
In each project, Richard aspires to unlock a built language that translates complicated elements into a singular and serene form. His designs also benefit from a close connection to nature, whether it’s a carefully framed view, shaded spaces in the heat of summer or materials that age gracefully.
B. Arch. (Hons., Unitec, New Zealand)
Registered Architect, Victoria
Molecule is an A+ member of the Australian Institute of Architects and a member of ArchiTeam.