In March - 'At Home' Visits Castlecrag

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On Sunday 31 March 'At Home' visits the 'Sugarloaf House' in Castlecrag, designed by Ellen Woolley Architects.

Designed for a family and their menagerie of pets, the Castlecrag home has been carefully designed to work to the contraints of the sites challenging topography and surrounding environment.

It sits on a narrow platform, between two close coupled cliffs front and back, and is further penned in on both sides by long large houses. The first cliff is just behind the front street boundary. The second cliff, to their rear garden and beyond, is to the bushland. This communal backyard slips down to a small creek and onto Harold Reid Reserve’s stunning lower north shore ecology. In the centre of their garden sits a monumental Angophora, surrounded by the daily work of the owner, a local bee keeper.

The house pursues a civic social purpose. From the public street front it breaks the previously continuous street frontage wall twice

First it offers both a green plateau (roof garden) that reveals Harold Reid’s bushland. Second it carves out a central void down to the sandstone bedrock heart that is the narrow platform the house sits on, allowing the passer-by to connect from the earth, to the framed Angophora beyond and up to the sky through the house’s heart. This can be screened at the owners’ discretion for greater privacy.

So there is a spatial flow created through the heart of the home, onto its natural bedrock base and out to the bushland. This does two things. It directly connects us to the natural context, but it also allows for central ‘landscape room’ focus with the house being able to ‘turn its back’ to the two side boundaries and create a private light filled oasis for every inhabited room (bar the ‘bee’ one that necessitates complete removal). And so whilst the house on one hand is centexturally responsible, it has concurrently a very intimate and private interior. These co-exiting intents unite in the aim to ameliorate and even improve our interference with nature and tries to better connect us to this remarkable ecology and landscape in a more mindful way.

The construction is essentially two giant ‘esky’ pavilions (polyisocyanurate) clad in long life thermal mass (concrete), with literally the bedrock earth in the middle. The stair folds, like filigree, across this void.

ABOUT ELLEN WOOLLEY ARCHITECTS

Ellen Woolley established her private practice, Ellen Woolley Architects in the early 2000s. The small studio, operating out of Castlecrag, specialises in residential architecture.

Their projects are often found on challenging sites, working with bushfire, extreme topographies, environmental conservation, sustainability and heritage.

The practices portfolio of single homes and alterations and additions, has been recognised through industry awards and has been featured in published anthologies on Australian Architecture and digital publications.

Ellen is also an active member of the Australian architecture community, taking part as a juror in NSW Institute of Architecture awards and as a writer about architects and architecture in publications such as ArchitectureNow.

TOUR DETAILS

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 31 March 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.

  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Sugarloaf House, designed by Ellen Woolley Architects
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

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 Architects and Robinson Architects.

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

Take A Walk Through Redfern

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When was the last time you visited Redfern? This month is the perfect time to discover the architectural delights of this inner city urban village.

From an area known more for industry and public housing, the introduction of new government business schemes, changes to the demographic and the real estate pressures of its inner city location, Redfern is fast becoming home to a generation of cultural creatives. 

This two hour architecture walk explores the changing landscape of Redfern's built environment.This transformation is epitomised by the presence of award winning designer homes and commercial premises, state of the art community facilities and a potpourri of retro shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

TOUR DETAILS

Meeting Point: The Clock Tower, Redfern Post Office, 101-103 George Street, Redfern NSW 2016
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 24 March 2019
Tickets: $30 (public) / $25 (Seniors / Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note: Students to present Student ID on the day.

Click here to book your place on the tour.

  • Article Text: Vanessa Couzens & AAA tour text
  • Image: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

Enjoy A Mid-Week Twilight Tour

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Wind down from a day at the office and enjoy an evening stroll, learning about architecture in Sydneys central business district. On Wednesday 20 March, experience the city as it’s wreathed in the glow of twilight.

Over the 90 minute tour your AAA trained tour guide will walk you through the development of Sydney and the evolution of skyscrapers which define the Sydney skyline.

We examine many of the buildings in the Central Business District and trace the development of modernism and the high rise tower. 

From Harry Seidler's iconic Australia Square tower that dominated the cityscape in the late 60's to more recent additions such as Sir Norman Foster's Deutsche Bank and 1 Bligh Street, a 6 Green Star rated office building, the highest rating that can be achieved in Australia under the Green Building Council of Australia's measurement standards for a sustainable building are just some of the buildings you will be visiting.

As we walk, many of these Sydney icons start to put on their night-time glittering look and you will find out how much lighting can beautify the city at night!

TOUR DETAILS:

Meeting Point: Entrance to Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay NSW 2000
Date: Wednesday 20 March 2019
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Concession) / Free (AAA Members)

Numbers are limited. Click here - to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Image 1: Sydney City Skyline (Photographer: Vincent Lam)
  • Image 2: Australia Square Tower, designed by Harry Seidler (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

First 'At Home' Event For 2019 Visits Northbridge

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On Sunday 3 March 'At Home' returns for 2019 and visits a home in Northbridge, designed by Marston Architects.

Designed for a growing family, the contemporary addition and renovation to a single storey home enjoys vistas of surrounding bushland and an existing established garden.

Openings on the new upper level frame views and the soft colour palette, along with the accents of dark tones and the timber framed doors, allows the house to sit comfortably in its bush surrounds.

A skylight in the new stair void allows light to filter through the three levels of circulation within the core of the house.

Architect Vivianne Marston will talk about the design process as you are guided through the residence.

ABOUT MARSTON ARCHITECTS

Marston Architects is a small Manly based studio set up by Vivianne Marston in 1985.

The practices portfolio of work has been widely published and includes single homes, alterations and additions, multi-unit residential and commercial buildings.

The work of Marston Architects is very focused on responding to specific sites as well as the needs of the clients and the building's context to its' surroundings.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Northbridge 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 3 March 2019
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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

Click here to book your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Northbridge House, designed by Marston Architects (images supplied by Marston Architects)