NSW: Visit Tusculum House by Smart Design Studio

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The first Australian Architecture Association 'At Home With The Architect'for 2018, explores a residence designed by Smart Design Studio.

Tusculum House is an exciting renovation and extension of a turn-of-the-century terrace house in Sydney’s Potts Point.

The home focuses on a grand and gracefully spiralling stair that forms the pivotal junction of the old and new parts of the house. The staircase, spanning the width of the building, features delicate fan-like steel treads cantilevered from the central steel post and winding their way past six split levels, offset between the old and new sides of the house. The stair was conceived as the element that grafts the contemporary and new minimal structure to the refined, trimmed and formal older portion of the dwelling.

This house offers extraordinary spaces complemented by confident forms, understated design and exquisite detail so please join us in visiting this amazing house.


Established in 1997, Smart Design Studio is a multidisciplinary design studio of 40 plus staff offering professional services in architecture and interior architecture and design.

Smart Design Studio’s portfolio includes master-planning for urban centres, public and heritage buildings, 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.

As you explore the interiors and exteriors, discover through a conversation with William Smart, how 'Tusculum House' was conceived, designed and built.


Location: Potts Point, 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 18 February 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.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: Interior views of Tusculum House Designed by Smart Design Studio (images source Smart Design Studio)

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)

NSW At Home With the Architect Visits Castlecrag

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 19 November and visits an award winning house in Castlecrag designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects.

Meet architect Rachel Neeson and her clients and learn about how the new residence was designed to incorporate aspects of the original house built by the client's grandfather.

Organised over four levels, the house has been designed with a desire to provide the experience of living in harmony with nature. The site has three particularly special qualities – a beautiful sandstone outcrop to the street, an adjacent bush reserve, and tranquil water views to the bay.


Neeson Murcutt Architects is an award winning practice based in Potts Point NSW. The firm was formed in 2004 by Rachel Neeson and Nick Murcutt and undertakes work on a broad range of projects, from bespoke houses to multi-unit housing and housing prototypes, education projects, tourism projects, public and community commissions, and adaptive reuse environments.

Their work has been recognised for design excellence, both locally and internationally, through awards, publications, lectures and exhibitions.


  • 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 19 November 2017
  • Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

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NSW: Join a Special Walking Tour Highlighting Sustainable Design

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Join a very special tour of sustainable design in Castlecrag. Timed to coincide with Sustainable House Day 2017 on Sunday 17 September, Willoughby City Council and the Australian Architecture Association invites you to discover how sustainable design can be incorporated into the way we build our homes.

The Castlecrag Sustainable walking tour will focus on a variety of houses showing different aspects of sustainability and the overall impact of Griffin's design for the suburb of Castlecrag. You will have the opportunity to go inside two architect designed houses and hear about the passive solar ideas which have been incorporated.

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'Most architects incorporate sustainability elements in their designs without knowing it, as this is how architects have been taught', said tour leader and architect Ben Gerstel. 'The design principles of the passive solar energy house in Australia are becoming more popular as the public realise and understand the potential savings these principles can bring', said Ben Gerstel.

Castlecrag was recognised as a special place by Canberra’s designer Walter Burley Griffin and his partner Marion Mahony Griffin. They made a plan for Castlecrag to be developed as the perfect garden suburb, with small houses surrounded by trees and rocky outcrops.

Location: Castlecrag
Date: Sunday 17 September 2017
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Tickets: $25 (public) / $20 (Seniors & Student)
Please note that ID should be presented on the day for concession tickets.

Don't miss out on this very special walk - numbers are limited. Click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Annette Dearing and Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Felstead House, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, completed in 1926
  • Image 1 Source: The Australian Architecture Association
  • Image 2: The Sunnyside House, designed by Ben Gerstel Architecture
  • Image 2 Source: Ben Gerstel