Palm Beach Blue by Benn + Penna

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During COVID 19 we've been missing being able to share amazing Australian architecture on our tours. Now that measures are relaxing, we are happy to announce that our @home tours will be resuming in July with a special discount to visit a home designed by Vanessa Wegner.  While we eagerly await this tour, we thought we would share a sneak peak at a Benn + Penna residence which will be opened as part of our @Home program in August.

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In Focus - Mortuary Railway Station

MORTUARY STATION

By Michelle Maras

Mortuary Railway Station is situated at the Sydney Railway yard at Chippendale close to Central Railway and Railway Square.

This beautiful ornate Gothic style building was part of Sydney’s Rookwood Cemetery railway line. Carrying the dearly departed and their funeral mourners to their final resting place at Rookwood Necropolis by train. At the other end was a similar Mortuary Station also built out of the Pyrmont sandstone.

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Your Support is Crucial to AAA

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Dear AAA Members and Friends

There has been so much happening since we wrote to you last week due to the COVID-19 Crisis.  With new restrictions now in place here, AAA still remains committed to staying connected to all of you in our architectural Community .    

I would like to share a positive story written by Ben Gerstel, AAA Vice-President/architect, about one of the amazing houses we visited recently on our ever popular residential coach tour.   AAA’s residential tours are extremely popular with members and friends and the Seed house by James Fitzpatrick was one of 5 houses we opened on the day. Architects Sam Crawford, David Boyle, Ben Peake and Manuelle Schelp shared their ideas and solutions to the design/renovation of their residential project on the day. It was a fabulous day, shared with likeminded people. 

We want to be able to keep offering our residential tours once this crisis is over but it may take many months, so your support today is crucial for AAA’s survival through this world wide health crisis, click here to help us during these uncertain times.

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The Seed House by Fitzpatrick + Partners

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The Seed House was one of 5 houses on show on the AAA Residential Tour on the 7th March 2020. On arrival, not much was revealed from the street of the house except for the garage. However, once inside, the interior was stunning.

The entry to the house was approached by steps down from the street. The site is very large and fan shaped. It is narrow at the street and becomes wider as you move down the site. This geometry is reflected in the wedge shaped form of the house. The site connects with the bush reserve below which adjoins Sugarloaf Bay. 

James Fitzpatrick is the architect and owner of the house. His approach was experimental as he explored different ideas in the choice of the fittings, finishes and materials to achieve his design ideas and then the final built form. These decisions influenced the interior and exterior aesthetic of the house. James labeled the house as his “forever house”.

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