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Last Chance To Book the Sydney At Home With the Architect


This month's At Home with the Architect tour visits the Garden Pavilion which has transformed the site of a late Victorian home in inner-city Sydney into a garden oasis.

Taking a stand-alone underused garden, Welsh + Major Architects who established their practice in 2004 in Sydney, have designed a flexible series of indoor and outdoor spaces, integrating the house with its surroundings.

The project is conceived with the garden at its centre. The flexible "garden room" is designed to blur the boundaries between garden and architecture. It bookends a lush central garden space with the garden flowing around and through the structure. It is a quiet room, entertaining space and extra accommodation.


The built forms sit low within the site, wrapping around existing trees and folding down to the boundary. A modulated concrete roofline lifts the gaze to district views beyond. The roof folds and floats, playing with ideas of enclosure and lightness; solidity and transparency. Internal spaces are permeable, defined by floor and ceiling planes rather than walls.

The garden is loosely structured and designed to occupy, rather than edge, the yard. Small outdoor areas around the house and the garden room are reclaimed as both living spaces and green backdrops.

The Garden Project won the 2014 NSW AIA Architecture Award for small projects and 2014 Houses Awards in the outdoor category.

Location: Annandale
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be emailed to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 19 July 2015
Tickets: $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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  • Article: Annette Dearing
  • Photographer: Brett Boardman

AAA August Residential Bus Tour Visits the Sunshine Coast


The Australian Architecture Association is excited to announce their next interstate Residential Bus Tour, taking place on the final weekend of August 2015. This year the AAA explores contemporary residences on the Sunshine Coast.

Enjoy visits to projects designed by such architects as Bark DesignTeeland Architects and Robinson Architects.

This is an all day bus tour with lunch provided.

Tour Details:
Saturday 29 August 2015
9.00am - 5.30pm
$195 (Public) / $180 (AAA Members)

As a bonus for Residential Bus Tour attendees, for an extra $20 tour participants can also enjoy the AAA's special Queensland 'At Home With The Architect'.

On Sunday 30 August the At Home With the Architect visits a contemporary residence designed by Reddog Architects, followed by a special tour of Tweed River Reginal Art Gallery by the designer Brisbane architect Bud Brannigan. For more information about At Home With the Architect, click here.

Book either a ticket for Saturdays Residential Bus tour or a dual ticket including At Home With The Architect by clicking here. The QLD tours are popular and tickets will sell out fast! Book your tour tickets, flights and accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

Note: For those travelling interstate (or internationally) and planning to take advantage of both days of extraordinary contemporary design, the AAA recommends flying into Noosa on Friday and flying out of Brisbane after 5pm on Sunday 30 August.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Exterior of the Lake Weyba Duplex designed by Robinson Architects, winner of the 2015 Queensland Regional Architecture Awards - Region Project of the Year.
  • Photographer: Alain Bouvier


At Home With The Architect Visits Griffin & Mahony Griffin Residences

TheĀ Australian Architecture Association has a very special 'At Home With The Architect' on offer in June. This month you have the opportunity to visit two privately owned historic residences designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. Explore Fishwick House and Felstead House, located in the delightful leafy suburb of Castlecrag.


The first house to be featured on the day is Felstead House, which was the Griffin's first private commission in Castlecrag and was built in 1924. The house is quite different to other Griffin / Mahony Griffin houses in the area, in that it utilised the Griffin's design for a modularised concrete block construction system - that is referred to as 'knitlock'.


The second residence Fishwick House, was another private commission constructed in 1929. Built from locally quarried sandstone blocks and situated on a steeply sloped, elevated site with expanisve views across bushland to the harbour, the house is regarded as one of the finest and most in tact Griffin houses.

Location: Castlecrag, NSW
Please note that the addresses of the first residences will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Felstead House - Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Fishwick House - Time: 12.15pm - 1.15pm
Date: Sunday 28 June 2015
Tickets: $40 (Early Bird) / $50 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience these unique residences, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

  • Article: Annette Dearing & Ben Gerstel
  • Images: Sourced from Australian Architecture Association image collection
  • Image 1: Felstead House
  • Image 2: Fishwick House

At Home With The Architect Visits Arlington Grove By Smart Design Studio


This month the Australian Architecture Association's Open House series, 'At Home With The Architect', explores a new residential precinct in Dulwich Hill, master planned by Smart Design Studio.

'Arlington Grove', developed by the Galileo Group, consists of 246 well-planned apartments arrayed around a series of courtyards and lanes. With a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments associated amenities such as a cafe, access to a greenway and Arlington tram line, Arlington Grove is a great example of the growing trend for higher density living in the inner west of Sydney.

Established in 1997, Smart Design Studio is a multi-discipline design studio of 35 plus staff offering professional services in architecture, interior architecture and design. Smart Design Studio's portfolio includes master-planning for urban centres, multi-unit residential developments, private dwellings, retail and commercial fitouts, as well as product design.

William Smart is the founder and Creative Director of Smart Design Studio and is directly involved in every project, contributing at all stages from design to final delivery. His buildings have received critical acclaim, many prestigious awards and have been widely published in architectural and other publications.

Don't miss out on learning how Arlington Grove was conceived, designed and built.

Location: Dulwich Hill
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 31 May 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this development, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.


Special Mother's Day discounted walking tours

Treat your mum to a leisurely two hour walk around the Rocks on Saturday 9th May. Stroll with a trained knowledgable tour leader through this unique Sydney harbour suburb and see how heritage and contemporary architecture co-exists in harmony.


Or join us on a tour through the City of Sydney, commencing in Customs House on the model of Sydney to visiting parts of the tank stream and then finding out about the excavation beneath the Botanic Gardens. So much to discover on these 2 walks.

Book here:

Sydney City Walk (10am, 9 May 2015)

The Rocks Walk (2 pm, 9 May 2015)