Take A Walk Around The Rocks

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Discover the architecture and history of the historic harbourside suburb, The Rocks. The next architectural walking tour will be taking place Sunday 21 July 2019.

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.

TOUR DETAILS

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: Sunday 21 July 2019
Tickets: Adult $30 / Senior & Student $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.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 2: The Museum of Contemporary Art (Photographer: Vincent Lam)

AAA Sunshine Coast Tour Takes Place August

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Time is running out to secure your tickets for one of the AAA's most popular tours - the Sunshine Coast Residential Coach tour. Taking place on Saturday 17 August, you won't want to miss out on this unique opportunity to explore some of Queenslands contemporary residential architecture. 

Once again the Australian Architecture Association will showcase the work of established and upcoming Queensland architects, such as:

HOLLINDALE MAINWARING ARCHITECTURE

Meet architect John Mainwaring of Hollindale Mainwaring Architecture and explore 'Vida', a medium density low rise residential development by Stockland in North Lakes.

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BARK DESIGN ARCHITECTS

Meet Lindy Atkin and Stephen Guthrie, directors of Bark Design Architects as you experience 'Seaview II', a private residence at Sunshine Beach.

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TOUR DETAILS

Date: Saturday 17 August 2019
Time: 9.30am - 5.45pm
Tickets: $205 (public) / $190 (AAA Members)

A full lunch is provided on the day of the bus tour.

The AAA recommends you book your accommodation in Noosa and flights early. When arranging departures - The AAA recommends that you book an evening flight on Sunday so you'll have time to explore the delights of the region.

Numbers are limited, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1 & 2: 'Vida', a Stocklands development in North Lakes, designed by Hollindale Mainwariing Architecture (Image source: John Mainwaring)
  • Images 3 & 4: 'Seaview II' Sunshine Beach QLD, designed by Bark Architects (Image source: Bark Architects)

This Month At Home Visits Lindfield

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On Sunday 21 July, 'At Home' invites you to explore Quilters House, a residence designed by Bijl Architecture.

The Quilters House, nestled in Sydney's north shore suburb of Lindfield, is a renewed heritage home with a sympathetic yet artful architectural intervention.

From the very first meeting with their clients, Bijl saw that detail, craft and quilting were an important part of their everyday lives. This insight formed the foundations for the project brief and design approach - to expand and re-establish the home with painstaking care through the lens of quilting’s visual language – pattern, form, grid, line, and layers.

By blending traditional and contemporary patterns, proportions, materials and textures, the Quilters House refreshes a heritage home to the street, and absolutely transforms it to the rear through thoughtful intermeshing and layering of old with new.

You won't want to miss out on early bird tickets - so book before Monday 14 July.

ABOUT BIJL ARCHITECTURE

Bijl Architecture was established in 2012 by architect Melonie Bayl-Smith and is already the recipient of numerous architecture and construction industry awards.

The practice has worked on a variety of projects including work across residential, interiors, commercial and public sectors, with a focus on a collaborative approach to each project working closely with clients, consultants and builders.

The practice’s design philosophy identifies that inherent flexibility and intentional longevity are key to creating sustainable architecture, from the viewpoints of aesthetics, functionality, economy and the total environment.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Lindfield, 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 21 July 2019
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this private residence, numbers are limited.

Book your place on the tour, click here.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: Quilters House designed by Bijl Architecture (Images supplied by Bijl Architecture)
  • Photographer: Kris Martyn

Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century Talks - Salk Institute

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On Thursday 8 August 2019, don't miss the second talk in the AAA 'Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century' series. Hosted by Brickworks Studio, you will be enthralled as Tone Wheeler, architect and President of the Australian Architecture Association, reveals the stories of how three iconic buildings were conceived and executed. The second talk focuses on Louis Kahn's Salk Institute.

SALK INSTITUTE

Louis Khan’s mid century buildings are enigmas.

Architecture students wonder what the fuss is about: the austere highly geometric forms, the starkness, the unyielding formality.

The rigorous texts that accompany the works and Khan’s reputation as a great teacher don’t seem reflected in the buildings. And then on a visit their ‘first Kahn' their attitude reverses: these are the greatest works of architecture of the 20th C. 

They become devotees and almost religious proselytisers for the buildings, which only adds to the confusion for those who haven’t ‘accepted the religion of Kahn’. 

This talks cuts through the rhetoric to explain, in greatly illustrated detail, the ideas, the experiences, and ultimately the extraordinary humanity that this building in particular exhibits. Tone has visited the building several times (and many other Kahn buildings), and believes that an enthusiastic study of the building can convey the power of the architecture without the costs of a visit.

TALK 2 DETAILS: SALK INSTITUTE

Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 8 August 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Salk Institute Talk.

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The third and final talk in the series will focus on Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers' Centre Pompidou.

CENTRE POMPIDOU

The most visited building in Paris, in a city that boasts the Louvre, the Musee d”Orsay and the Musee du Quai Branly. In fact the most popular museum in the world!

So everyone knows the Centre Pompidou, colloquially known as Beaubourg, right? Wrong, and more than most could believe.

In this talk we go back to the competition (Tone has a copy of the original brief) and look at the ideas of the time.

Did you know that a now well-known Australian architect came second? And what bought Renzo Piano from Italy and Richard Rogers from London together to create a building that many believe is a turning point in Modernism?

Not just an ‘inside-out’ building, not just a great place to see Paris, and not just a backdrop to the most lively space in Paris, it is a formative work of art, a tour-de-force of architecture.

Come and hear the background to this extraordinary building that will give you a completely different perspective on this great site.

TALK 3 DETAILS: CENTRE POMPIDOU

Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Centre Pompidou Talk.

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens / Tone Wheeler
  • Image 1: The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, designed by Louis Kahn
  • Image 2: Centre Georges Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers
  • Images: Supplied by Tone Wheeler

AAA Residential Coach Tour Takes Place This Month

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Don't mss out on our Winter residential coach tour on Saturday 22 June 2019. Enjoy this all day event where you will be visiting some of the most interesting new and renovated contemporary architecture in the suburbs of Sydney.

Inside the houses you will hear about the design process from the architects and see firsthand the value of good design.

Featured on the day will be projects by architects, such as:

The day includes a delicious sit down lunch, itinerary, commentary by architects at the houses and coach travel. There will also be the opportunity to talk to some of the architects at the luncheon.

TOUR DETAILS:

Location: Meet Loftus Street, beside Customs House, Circular Quay NSW 2000
Date: Saturday 22 June 2019
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $205 (public) / $190 (AAA Members)

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Balmoral House, designed by CHROFI (Photographer: Katherine Lu)