Take A Walk Around The Rocks

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Discover the architecture and history of the historic harbourside suburb, The Rocks. The next architectural walking tour will be taking place Sunday 21 July 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.

TOUR DETAILS

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 21 July 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)

This Month At Home Visits Lindfield

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On Sunday 21 July, 'At Home' invites you to explore Quilters House, a residence designed by Bijl Architecture.

The Quilters House, nestled in Sydney's north shore suburb of Lindfield, is a renewed heritage home with a sympathetic yet artful architectural intervention.

From the very first meeting with their clients, Bijl saw that detail, craft and quilting were an important part of their everyday lives. This insight formed the foundations for the project brief and design approach - to expand and re-establish the home with painstaking care through the lens of quilting’s visual language – pattern, form, grid, line, and layers.

By blending traditional and contemporary patterns, proportions, materials and textures, the Quilters House refreshes a heritage home to the street, and absolutely transforms it to the rear through thoughtful intermeshing and layering of old with new.

You won't want to miss out on early bird tickets - so book before Monday 14 July.

ABOUT BIJL ARCHITECTURE

Bijl Architecture was established in 2012 by architect Melonie Bayl-Smith and is already the recipient of numerous architecture and construction industry awards.

The practice has worked on a variety of projects including work across residential, interiors, commercial and public sectors, with a focus on a collaborative approach to each project working closely with clients, consultants and builders.

The practice’s design philosophy identifies that inherent flexibility and intentional longevity are key to creating sustainable architecture, from the viewpoints of aesthetics, functionality, economy and the total environment.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Lindfield, 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 21 July 2019
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: Quilters House designed by Bijl Architecture (Images supplied by Bijl Architecture)
  • Photographer: Kris Martyn

AAA Residential Coach Tour Takes Place This Month

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Don't mss out on our Winter residential coach tour on Saturday 22 June 2019. Enjoy this 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.

TOUR DETAILS:

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)

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.

ABOUT BENN + PENNA

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.

TOUR DETAILS

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

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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.

TOUR DETAILS

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)