At Home With the Architect: Caroline Pidcock's Home

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This month's NSW At Home with the Architect visits The Rocks to explore a heritage listed Victorian era terrace updated to accommodate the contemporary needs of its architect / urban planner owners, Caroline Pidcock and John McInerney.

Located at the heart of Millers Point, the residence demonstrates how principles of sustainability can be aligned with heritage requirements preserving the best of the past for a great future.

‘Apart from the joy of enabling us to live in an amazing area which is embedded with the history and culture of early white settlement in Australia, there are a number of changes that will increase our enjoyment of this great place’, says owners Caroline Pidcock and John McInerney.

A strong focus on retaining and restoring as many of the existing elements as possible, recycling materials and the thoughtful insertion of new elements allows the history to be fostered while new living patterns are enabled.

Water tanks, solar panels and heat pumps are hardly obvious as they facilitate a low impact lifestyle.

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Caroline Pidcock is the Director of Pidcock Architecture and Sustainability, an award winning firm that was established in 1992 and has particular expertise in residential and community projects. Caroline's practice focusses on the design of sustainable architecture, following the philosophy of 'Living Buildings' and it's application to how we design our environment.

Over her career she has served as President for a wide variety of design organisations, including the NSW Architects Registration Board, the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. She is also involved in research and development of modular prefabricated flat-pack building systems through the company Origination which she established with David Pidcock in 2013.

John Mcinnerney is an Architect and Urban Designer, campaigner for sustainable environmental and social policies and current Chair of the Millers Point - Dawes Point - The Rocks - Walsh Bay - Residents Action Group. He is a past National President of the Planning Institute of Australia, former head planner for the City of Melbourne, Manager of Planning and Past Deputy Lord mayor for the City of Sydney and the ACT Commissioner for Land and Planning 1997-2004.

Location: Millers Point
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 25 October 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: McInerney Pidcock Residence
  • Images Source: Caroline Pidcock

 

Sydney City Walk Discount in October

 

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Spring is upon us and it's time for a stroll through the city and look at Sydney's architectural masterpieces.

From the heritage Customs House and GPO to the contemporary skyscraper at 1 Bligh Street, you will hear the stories behind their design and discover the materials and details that make them special.

Better even, during the month of October, we are offering these two hour walks for a special price of $15!

Don't miss out and book now!

At Home With the Architect: Peter Muller's Castlecrag House

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This month's At Home with the Architect tour visits Castlecrag to explore a house by the celebrated Sydney Regionalist architect Peter Muller. Come and see this very special house known as the McArthur House. Listen to local architect Ben Gerstel, talk about the McArthur house and lead you through this special residence.

Peter Muller established his practice in 1953 and predominantly designed domestic architecture in Sydney. Peter was initially influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's organic philosophy of the relationship between the site and the architecture.

Some of Peter Muller's work includes the Hoyts Cinema Centre in Melbourne and in South Australia. Over his career he has designed over 50 houses around Australia and overseas including ‘The Michell House’ on Robe Terrace, Adelaide (1964) and the Head Office of I.P.E.C. in Frewville, Adelaide. Conversely, his works in Bali, Indonesia, where he first visited in 1970, such as the Oberoi and Amandari hotels had a strong cultural and spiritual presence.

Tour Details:
Location: Castlecrag
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 27 September 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.

  • Article: Annette Dearing
  • Images: McArthur Residence
  • Images Source: Ben Gerstel

 

Sydney Design 2015

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2015 sees Sydney Design return for its 19th year, making it one of the world’s longest running design festivals. This year’s program brings together an exciting array of design disciplines which we’ve coupled into Architecture & Interior, Product & Maker, Fashion & Jewellery and Digital & Graphic.

AAA has been a parter of Sydney Design for almost a decade and this year we offer the Sydney City Walk (5 September) and The Rocks Walk (12 September) as part of the Sydney Design program. 

Book now and be part of Sydney's leading design event!

Early-Bird Tickets Available for Sydney At Home With the Architect

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This month's At Home with the Architect tour visits Coogee to explore the conversion of an Art Deco duplex into a single home. Designed by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects the residence consolidates the existing character of the residence with the contemporary needs of a young family. 

Madeleine began her practice Madeleine Blanchfield Architects in 2009 after working as Associate Director at BKH (Burley Katon Halliday). The small studio based in Surry Hills works primarily on residential design and small commercial fit-out projects.

Since the firms inception they have been the recipient of industry awards and been published widely both online and in the printed media. The Coogee Residence was the recent winner of Randwick City Council's Architecture and Urban Design Awards 2015 - Dwelling Houses: Alterations and Additions category.

As you explore the exteriors and interiors, discover through a conversation with Madeleine Blanchfield, how the home was conceived, designed and built.

Tour Details
Location: Coogee
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 23 August 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.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Coogee Residence
  • Images Source: Madeleine Blanchfield Architects
  • Photographer: Prue Ruscoe