NSW: AAA Launches A New Walk In Chippendale

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This month you won't want to miss out on joining the launch of the Australian Architecture Association's newest tour. The Chippendale Walk - developed and led by volunteer tour leader and architect Ben Gerstel, takes place on Saturday 17 March.

The inner city urban village of Chippendale is named after William Chippendale who was granted 95 acres of farmland in 1819.

This rapidly gentrifying suburb has a colourful history as an industrial centre. Over its history the suburbs main claim to fame has been its distillery and brewery and reputation as a slum housing prostitutes, rat catchers and nefarious criminal activites.

Over the 90 minute tour you'll discover some of the suburbs architectural gems, including the Mortuary Railing Station and garden, Spice Alley and Indigo Slam, an amazing residential project by Smart Design Studio.

As part of the tour and at the conclusion of this new tour, we will be serving light refreshments at the Old Clare Hotel. The Old Clare Hotel fits very well into the fabric of this precinct.

Meeting Point: The Halo Sculpture, Central Park, Chippendale NSW 2008
Date: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Time: Saturday 17 March 2018
Tickets: $35 (public) / $30 (Seniors & Students) / $8 (AAA Members)
Please note - concession ticket holders should present their ID on the tour day.

Click here to secure your place on the tour. Numbers are limited, so book now so you don't miss out!

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Central Park designed by French architect Jean Nouvel (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: Indigo Slam designed by Sydney firm Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

NSW: Join the The Rocks Tour This Saturday

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It’s time to celebrate all things creative with the annual Sydney Design Festival 2018. Taking place 2-11 March, the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is once again partnering in the festival. Join our final special tour for the Festival - The Rocks tour, taking place this Saturday 10 March.

If you missed out on our Sydney Observatory tours last Saturday, you can still explore the surrounds of Observatory Hill by joining The Rocks tour.


On this unique two-hour walking tour of Sydney’s oldest suburb, you'll discover Sydney’s past, present and future!

Stroll with us through the hilly terrain and see how heritage and contemporary architecture co-exists in harmony. Discover the marks left on the district by the plague of 1900 and by major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the Harbour Bridge. We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new 21st century residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo. See how Barangaroo has been developed and hear about how the architecture shapes the foreshores of the city of Sydney.


The Rocks Walk developed by the Australian Architecture Association.

Location: Meet at the Harbourside Forecourt, Museum of Contemporary Art 
140 George St, The Rocks, NSW 2000
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Tickets: Adult $30 / Senior, Student & MAAS Members $25 (ID required to join the walk) / AAA Members Free

Accessibility: Please note the tour encompasses climbing stairs and walking over uneven surfaces.

Numbers are limited, so click here now to book your place on the tour.


The Sydney Design Festival 2018 is now in its 20th year. This annual contemporary design festival creates a platform for a convergence of people, ideas and activities across creative industry sectors.

Sydney Design program content provides visitors with an opportunity to unpack design in all its forms – to understand and explore the processes, functions and narratives within design enterprise and to be inspired by the exhibitions and people involved in creating our futures.

This year the Sydney Design festival explores the theme ‘Call to Action’ and examines how design has a role to play in an ever-changing world and has the potential to solve complex global problems.

Click here to explore What’s On over the festival calendar.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Sydney Design Festival 2018 logo (sourced from MAAS)
  • Image 2: The Museum of Contemporary Art (Photographer: Vincent Lam)

Visit Iron Maiden House by CplusC

Iron Maiden House Front Corner preview

In March we will be visiting a house in the Sydney suburb of Longueville by CplusC Architectural Workshop and Clinton Cole, Managing Director will be leading you through this amazing project.

The CplusC team works collaboratively to deliver expertly detailed, elaborate and sustainable homes for their clients.  Winner of multiple design and construction industry awards, CplusC practice offers both architectural and construction services. The practice believes in wonderful architectural ideas, efficient construction systems, holistic sustainable project development and exceptional value for service. 

The site is afforded views of the Lane Cove River and the Sydney CBD. Iron Maiden House was designed for a family of five. Clinton Cole, said the clients were looking for a home that used passive design principles to heat and cool the building. They weren’t afraid to challenge traditional notions of what a home should and shouldn’t be, requesting a generous connection to the outdoors to enjoy and entertain family and friends.

The elongated, corner site presented an opportunity to explore an atypical typology and form for Iron Maiden House.

The simple shape was extruded lengthways along the site and sliced down the middle with a pond to form a central axis. Slender,cathedral like spaces were formed around this central thoroughfare with ponds running parallel to walkways to connect the spaces. This provides a sheltered private outdoor space for the family to relax and enjoy.


Location: Longueville, NSW
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 March 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Click here and book now before the tour is full!


  • Images Source: CplusC Architectural Workshop
  • Photographer: Murray Fredericks


Buy Your Christmas Gifts From the AAA

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Wondering what presents to buy for your loved ones this christmas? The Australian Architecture Association has the solution!

We have some wonderful ideas for gifts, from decadent treats that satisfy the palate, through to limited edition fine art prints and an original artwork.

Click here to check out the best stocking fillers you'll find this season.

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  • Image 1: Artisan chocolates hand made by Something For Cake and a bottle of Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora (2014 Vintage Cellar Door)
  • Image 2: Fine art print by artist Craig Couzens, ‘Alice Meets the Caterpillar’ A/P Edn of 6 (Signed by the artist)

NSW: Last AAA Residential Bus Tour For 2017

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Secure your place on the last AAA Residential Bus Tour taking place on Saturday 9 December. Don't miss out on discovering some of the latest contemporary residential architecture in Sydney.

On this all day bus tour you will explore the exteriors and interiors of homes and meet the architects and some of their clients, including Bijl Architecture, who designed the home featured in this article.

Learn first hand the different ways houses are designed and constructed. This is a great opportunity to see privately owned architect designed homes that aren't normally open to the public.

A delicious lunch at a restaurant is provided as part of the tour and you'll enjoy the chance to relax with fellow design enthusiasts, discussing what you've seen.


  • Date: Saturday 9 December 2017
  • Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
  • Tickets: $195 (public) / $175 (AAA Members)

Hurray tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: 'Doorzien House', designed by Bijl Architecture (image provided by the architect)