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AAA Short Black: Visits Camperdown Cemetery

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This weekend the Australian Architecture Association will hold a Short Black: Architects In Their Space Talk. Featuring one of the most unusual public spaces in Sydney - the walled landscape that is Camperdown Cemetery. On Saturday 8 September enjoy a talk and guided tour with the architect Hector Abrahams.

Created for burials in 1847, in just over twenty five years the cemetery was full and closed to burials. Over the subsequent 140 years it has developed a cultural profile of an ancient site, becoming the site of a major church, a graveyard of architectural relics, dramatically enclosed by its high stone wall in about 1950.

The tour will be led by Hector Abrahams, a former trustee and architect for the cemetery, who will attempt to explain something of the strategy for retaining its special qualities. He will tell the story of its history, celebrations, conservation of materials, stewardship and ecology.


Hector Abrahams Architects (HAA) is a Sydney based architectural practice recognised for their work on heritage projects, masterplanning and adaptive re-use.

Their portfolio includes work on public, commercial, educational, residential and church buildings of all sizes and styles.

The philosophy driving their designs is based on the understanding that old buildings have to be understood, kept well and made liveable and workable for people in today’s world. They believe that additions and new buildings should engage seamlessly with their surroundings.


Location: Meet underneath the fig tree, inside the gates, 189 Church Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Please Note:
Closed-in shoes must be worn on the tour.
Absolutely no parking is permitted in the cemetery.
Date: Saturday 8 September 2018
Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members) / Free (AAA Company Members)

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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Photographic Review of August's Booked Out Tour


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Image 1: The Kitchen / Dining area in 'Collectors Cottage' in Bardwell Park, designed by Mark Szczerbicki Design Studio

On Saturday 11 August 2018 the sold out AAA Residential Bus Tour, set out from Customs House to explore contemporary homes in Sydney's inner west and northern suburbs.

Enjoying perfect blue skies tour participants got to explore the interiors and exteriors of four fabulous residential projects designed by:

Midway through the tour participants were treated to a delicious three course lunch at Martha's in Castlecrag.

Below are some photographs of what was seen over the day.


Designed by Mark Szczerbicki Design Studio

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Image 2: Mark Szczerbicki explains the clients design brief for 'Collectors Cottage' 
Image 3: A View through the Kitchen / Dining space towards the back yard at 'Collectors Cottage'
Image 4: The rear extension on 'Collectors Cottage'


Designed by Jason Blake Architecture

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Image 5: Jason Blake discussed how his Newtown Residence gained an additional storey and extension at the rear
Image 6: A View of the rear extension to the Newtown Residence
Image 7: Kitchen / Dining space in the Newtown Residence


Designed by David Boyle Architects

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Image 8: David Boyle stands at the entry to the Northbridge Residence and explains its planning
Image 9: Lovely views can be enjoyed from the Northbridge Residences elevated alfresco space
Image 10: View back towards the rear of the Northbridge Residence from the elevated alfresco space


Designed by

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Image 11: Sam Crawford explaining the inspiration for The Bower
Image 12: The Bower reflects the influence of Balinese architecture and sits in a secret garden invisible from the street
Image 13: The living space of The Bower enjoys duel views of the secret garden and of Cabbage Tree Bay

Thank you to all the architects and their clients for generously opening the doors on their homes. A great day was had by all!

Keep your eye on upcoming issues of 'All About Architecture' for announcements about the next residential tour. Make sure you book tickets early - otherwise you'll miss out!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens


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Dear Friends of AAA,

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Our amazing group of volunteer tour leaders form the backbone of our Association and it’s your support that helps
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Supporting our Fundraising Campaign will help “Keep Architecture Open” to everyone!

Proceeds will assist us in developing and delivering new tours and events in 2019. With your help, AAA will continue to educate and engage in discussion with the public including school children about architecture and how it impacts our lives on a daily basis.

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August's At Home With The Architect Visits Woollahra

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This month 'At Home With The Architect' invites you to explore a residence in Woollahra. Taking place on Sunday 26 August, architect Andy Harding, one of the directors of Stanic Harding, will guide tour particants through the collaboration between Stanic Harding and interior designers Interni.

'The house was originally built in the 1930’s, however, it had been poorly renovated in the late 1980’s where many of the building's original features had been removed', said Andy Harding. The client’s desire was to refurbish the building bringing back the character of the original house whilst accommodating the requirements of a contemporary family.

The original entry to the house sat one level up from the street which was accessed via a narrow external stair with the main living level located on the next level and the bedrooms on the level above. To provide suitable access it was elected that an internal street level access be generated connecting to a lift and stair connecting all levels of the building. This required tunnelling under the existing house which proved to be a very complex proposition due to the “found” condition of the existing building fabric.

The result is a house which was driven by strong pragmatic and aesthetic requirements from the clients and the design team that sits comfortably within its elevated Woollahra setting.


Stanic Harding was established in 1989 when Andy Harding and Andrew Stanic formed a partnership. The practice is based in Bondi Beach and has been the recipient of numerous architectural and industry awards.

The firm undertakes both architectural and interior design across a variety of sectors, including residential, commercial, retail and public.

Stanic Harding's body of work reflects their commitment to the production of architecture that is of its time and that fuses a sensitive contemporary approach with functional and pragmatic requirements.


Interni is medium sized interior design firm established in 1989 and based in Surry Hills.

Headed by Louise Bell, one of the founding Directors, the firm specializes in residential, retail and commercial design.

Their body of work reflects their commitment to creating timeless interiors that respect the buildings they inhabit.


Location: Woollahra, NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Date: Sunday 26 August 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: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Woollahra Residence designed by Stanic Harding and Interni (Images courtesy of Stanic Harding)

AAA Short Black: Visits Little Albion Guest House

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This weekend the Australian Architecture Association will hold a Short Black: Architects In Their Space Talk. Featuring Sydney's latest luxury accommodation option the Little Albion Guest House in Surry Hills. On Saturday 18 August enjoy a talk and guided tour of spaces with project architect Terence Yong and Project Manager Connie Alessi.

The architects - Terence Yong (Project Architect and principal of Terence Yong Architecture) and Chris Haughton (Principal of SHED), working in association with Project Manager and interior designer - Connie Alessi (Director of Archemy) and interior designer Cressida Kennedy (Director of Space Control Design), have created a unique experience for luxury travellers looking to immerse themselves in the character of Surry Hills.

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Situated in the heart of Surry Hills, Little Albion Guest House fronts two streets – Albion Street and Little Albion Street. It occupies a tiny North-South-oriented urban infill site in a densely built urban environment, and hence it is deprived of natural sunlight. It is sandwiched between two heritage buildings – a former Presbyterian church to the West, which is now a hip commercial office building, and a former school hall to the East, which is now a mixed-use apartment building. All three buildings form part of a Heritage Conservation Area.

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Reception and All-Day Sunken Lounge on the Lower Ground Floor and two levels of sun-bathed guest rooms above with neighbourhood and city views. The New Western Extension has three levels of sun-bathed guest rooms with expansive popout, steel-framed picture windows with banquette seating. Both extensions appear as vertical white brick boxes that are separated by a tall and sleek, attention-grabbing Glass Lift Tower.

8Hotel's founder and chief executive Paul Fischmann said travellers are all about the experience and are shifting more towards the boutique end of the market to "immerse themselves in a city".

The talk will be followed with an opportunity to go inside some of the rooms with the architect.

Delightfully intimate, genuinely original & refreshingly unpretentious, Little Albion is the embodiment of the local guest house experience reimagined for the modern luxury traveller.

Behind a beautifully restored heritage former convent lays a world of tantalizing interior delights & surprises awaiting your discovery at every turn.

The building is capped with a North-facing, beautifully landscaped Secret Rooftop Garden with sweeping views of the city.


Location: Meet Little Albion Guesthouse entrance, 21 Little Albion Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Date: Saturday 18 August 2018
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members) / Free (AAA Company Members)

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Little Albion Guest House entry
  • Image 2: Little Albion Guest House from Little Albion Street
  • Image 3: Little Albion Guest House sunken lounge and reception
  • Image 4: Little Albion Guest House suite
  • Photographer: Terence Yong