In May - 'At Home' Visits Balmain

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On Sunday 26 May 'At Home' visits 'Balmain Rock', a residence in Balmain, designed by Benn + Penna.

Andrew Benn, Director of Benn + Penna, will talk about the design process and lead you through the alterations and additions to an 1860’s built, sandstone cottage, in the historical precinct of Balmain East.

Benn + Penna's brief was conventionally driven, with a desire for a larger and better-connected family zones to accommodate contemporary living.

A new concrete pavilion is built to the rear containing new kitchen/dining space, as well as bedrooms, bathrooms and a void space. Conceptually, the concrete pavilion is conceived as an augmented duplicate of the existing cottage in scale and hipped roof geometries.

Garden elements are interwoven with the building form, enhancing the experience of space and finding opportunity for light and air to penetrate, despite its narrow perimeters.

As one meanders through Balmain Rock, spaces unfold, providing a rich and interconnected series of spaces for contemporary living.


Benn + Penna is a small award winning practice offering services in architecture and interior design.

Based in Pyrmont and Palm Beach, the firm specialises in residential alterations and new houses, along with small-to-medium scale commercial fitouts and public spaces.

The application of sustainable design to their projects ensures that their buildings carefully respond to the seasons, blending inside and out with an abundance of natural light and ventilation, and materials selected for low environmental impact and longevity.

Before setting up his own architectural practice in 2012, Director, Andrew Benn, worked within some of the most highly regarded architectural offices in Australia and abroad, including the renowned Dutch office of UN Studio in Amsterdam, and the Sydney offices of Engelen Moore and BVN.

Andrew Benn regularly contributes articles on architecture and design to the national home renovation magazine InsideOUT.


Location: Balmain East 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 26 May 2019
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Balmain Rock, designed by Benn + Penna (Photographs: Supplied by Benn + penna)

Join the The Rocks Tour This Sunday


Discover the architecture and history of the historic harbourside suburb, The Rocks. The Rocks tour will be taking place this Sunday 19 May 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.


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 19 May 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)

At the Beginning of May - 'At Home' Visits Glebe

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On Sunday 5 May 'At Home' visits 'Ferry Road' residence in Glebe, designed by Anderson Architecture.

Simon Anderson, Principal of Anderson Architecture, will talk about the design process and lead you through this very sustainable home achieving an 8.0 Star rating.

Born of a steep and narrow site, a yearning for lightness and space and a core design philosophy grounded in passive solar design and sustainability, this Glebe house is representative of how infill development within a heritage conservation area can be comfortable, practical and environmentally sensitive without compromise.

A particular feature of the home is the central open staircase providing access from the ground floor to the first floor. The design of the stair allows for uninterrupted, through ventilation of the entirety of the ground and lower ground floors. The intricate design and detailing of this feature stair evidences the high quality results that may be achieved through the collaboration of design professionals with skilled tradespeople.

For the clients, entertainers and connoisseurs of fine food, the kitchen was integral to the project brief. Appropriately, the kitchen was apportioned a large share of the lower ground footprint with a generous work space and spacious walk in butler’s pantry. High level windows above, and sculptural roof articulation open up to create an immense sense of space above the living areas within the home’s comparably small footprint.

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Simon Anderson established his architecture practice, Anderson Architecture in 2002. The small studio, operating out of Surry Hills, specialises in residential architecture. 
Their approach towards design is about creating connections between the natural and the built environment – with an emphasis on humane design and a priority on natural light and tactile materials, to bring projects to life. 
The firms body of work is driven by the principles of passive design, along with active systems to reduce energy use. They utilise computer thermal modelling to engage clients and give them feedback about heating, cooling, glazing and insulation.
Anderson Architecture has been recognised by the design and construction industry through awards for sustainable design and in judging sustainable resilient architecture.
Location: Glebe 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 5 May 2019
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)
Don't miss your opportunity to experience this privately owned residence, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.
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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Ferry Road House, designed by Anderson Architecture
  • Photographer: Tom Ferguson

AAA Residential Coach Tour Takes Place in June

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Don't mss 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 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.


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)

AAA Sunshine Coast Tour Takes Place August

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Don't miss out on securing your tickets for one of the Australian Architecture Association's most popular tours - the AAA Sunshine Coast Residential Coach Tour.

Taking place Saturday 17 August, this years tour promises to provide another fascinating insight into the latest contemporary home design in Queensland.

Once again the Australian Architecture Association will showcase the work of the latest upcoming Queensland architects, along with past tour favourites, such as Bark Design ArchitectsRobinson Architects and John Mainwaring.


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
  • Images 1 & 2: 'Seaview II' Sunshine Beach QLD, designed by Bark Architects (Image source: Bark Architects)