June's At Home With The Architect Visits Castlecrag

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This month 'At Home With The Architect' invites you to explore a residence in the garden suburb Castlecrag, designed by AAA Vice President and architect - Ben Gerstel.

Located in the Griffin Conservation Area of Castlecrag, the modest 1940's brick and tile residence was in need of an update. The clients wanted additional living space to accommodate their family and a garage.

An existing badly built extension at the rear of their house was demolished and replaced by a new light weight timber framed, fibre cement clad extension, that kept the original footprint of the home. A dramatic colour scheme selected by the clients highlights the demarcation between the original home and it's new spaces.

Ben Gerstel describes this type of alteration and addition as 'Jekyll and Hyde' - in that the new spaces are concealed from the street face and create a striking experience when entering the interior.


Established in 1997, Ben Gerstel Architecture is a small design studio located in Castlecrag, that specialises in residential design.

Before beginning his own practice, Ben worked for 15 years in a variety of small, medium and large architectural practices. 

Ben's ethos is to create residential spaces that integrate sustainable design principles, provide clients with planning solutions to suit their lifestyle and maintain a sensitivity to realistic budgets.


Location: Castlecrag, 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 24 June 2018
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.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Castlecrag Residence designed by Ben Gerstel Architecture (image courtesy of Ben Gerstel)



A Membership Offer Perfect For Small Business

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The Australian Architecture Association is now offering small businesses the opportunity to keep opening the doors on architecture through its new AAA Company Membership. Specially tailored to suit small businesses and organisations that employ under 10 staff, AAA Company Membership will cost $350 annually.

There are numerous benefits to be gained for you and your staff, including free walking tours and At Home With the Architect tickets, along with discounts on other AAA talks and events.

Your Company Membership provides the perfect opportunity to organise social events for your staff and promote team building.

Your membership also helps support the continuing operation of the Australian Architecture Association. Our not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to making architecture and design accessible to everyone.

Your AAA membership will help continue opening the doors on contemporary architecture and raising awareness of the value of design.

Click here to get your AAA Company Membership today. Alternatively, visit the AAA website and learn more about the different membership schemes available to suit your needs.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Living Room - Tusculum House, Potts Point NSW, designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: At Home With the Architect attendees at Tusculum House, Potts Point NSW, designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

AAA Residential Bus Tour To Take Place in August

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Don't miss out on our Winter residential tour which is an all day event where you will be visiting some of the most interesting new and renovated contemporary architecture in the inner west and northern suburbs of Sydney.

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

Projects by the following architects: David Boyle Architects; Sam Crawford Architects;Carter Williamson Architects.

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.


Location: Meet Loftus Street, beside Customs House, Circular Quay NSW 2000
Date: Saturday 11 August 2018
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.

  • Article: Annette Dearing
  • Image: Northbridge Residence, designed by David Boyle Architect (Photo provided by David Boyle)

Explore Sydney Observatory With the AAA and MAAS

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Due it's popularity during Sydney Design 2018, the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) and MAAS (the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences) are proud to announce they are partnering to present the Sydney Observatory Architecture Tour throughout the remainder of 2018.


In association with MAAS (the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences) the AAA developed a special architectural tour of the Sydney Observatory in Millers Point, The Rocks.

Join volunteers from the AAA on an architectural tour of one of Sydney’s most significant historic sites.

Built in 1858, Sydney Observatory is one of the most significant sites in the nation’s scientific history. It is recognised as an item of ‘state significance’ by the New South Wales Government and is heritage listed.

Beginning as the centre of scientific research for the colony of New South Wales, the Observatory has a seminal role in the history of timekeeping, meteorology, navigation and astronomy in Australia.

Now known as Observatory Hill, the site was previously known as Windmill Hill, Citadel Hill, Fort Phillip and Flagstaff Hill. Each name indicates the site’s function over time, all of which relied on it being the highest point over Sydney Harbour.

The Observatory buildings, built from stone with distinctive copper telescope domes, were built between 1857 and 1859 in the Italianate style. They combined the practical needs of an observatory with those of an astronomer’s residence. The Observatory grounds recreate the original layout and vegetation of formal gardens cultivated in the 1880s.


Location: Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort St, Millers Point NSW
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Sunday 29 July
Sunday 26 August
Sunday 30 September
Sunday 28 October
Sunday 25 November 2018
Tickets: Adult $30 / Concession $25 / MAAS & AAA Members $25
Accessibility: Please note there is no wheelchair access to many of the Sydney Observatory spaces due to narrow and steep staircases in the heritage-listed buildings.  Strollers must be cloaked on arrival.

Don't miss out book now - click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: The Sydney Design 2018 tour held in March (Photographer: Annette Dearing)


AAA Launches New Walk In Ultimo

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In June you won't want to miss out on joining the launch of the Australian Architecture Association's newest tour. The Ultimo Walk - developed and led by volunteer tour leader Michael McMullan, takes place on Saturday 2 June.

Colonial settlement of the inner city urban village of Ultimo began in 1803, when 34 acres was granted to surgeon, John Harris, on lands traditionally inhabited by the Gadigal clan of the Eora nation. 

Harris built a grand two storey residence on the property (demolished in 1932) called Ultimo House. Ultimo House remained one of the colony's premier addresses well into the 1890s, while it's surroundings became increasingly industrial in nature including slaughterhouses, rental properties and quarrying operations.

In the 1890s Sydney Technical College was established - putting Ultimo on the cultural map. Twentieth and twenty-first century additions of educational buildings have reinforced Ultimo's reputation as a centre for learning.

Over the two hour walk you'll discover some of the suburbs architectural gems and open spaces, including the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Sydney Technical College (TAFE NSW Sydney Institute), the Powerhouse Museum, and the Goods Line.


Meeting Point: Powerhouse Museum Forecourt, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Date: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Time: Saturday 2 June 2018
Tickets: $30 (public) / $25 (Seniors & Students) / AAA Members Free
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 your ticket now!

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Dr Chau Chak Wing Building - UTS Business School, designed by Frank Gehry. (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: Sydney Technical College (TAFE NSW Sydney Institute), designed by government architect William Kemp (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)