The Seed House by Fitzpatrick + Partners


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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AAA Needs Your Support

Dear Friends of the AAA Community
The Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is committed to providing a safe experience for its’ members, AAA Friends and tour attendees.  With the worldwide medical crisis, COVID-19, AAA is taking precautions in conducting our activities and suspending all of our walking tours and events until June 2020.
While our plans are to reopen and resume some of our programming by the middle of June, we will continue to reassess the situation and keep you informed of any changes to those plans.
For over a decade our not for profit organisation has been offering a variety of unique experiences of architecture and design. We have done this with limited operational funds. 
Unfortunately, the Pandemic has effectively cut off our key source of income that we rely on to continue meeting our operational costs. We are appealing for you to click this link to:

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More information on specific cancellations and postponements will be available on our website including our walking and bus tours, At Home and other AAA events. You can also keep in touch with us on social media – Instagram, Facebook and through our website and newsletter.
While we believe our immediate Community is at low risk, we are taking every precaution in conducting our activities to make sure the virus is contained and that we all remain as safe as possible.

Thank you again and hope you and your family stay safe and healthy during these very difficult and challenging times.
Warmest regards

Tone Wheeler
AAA President

This Month @home Visits Paddington

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On Sunday 22 March visit an apartment in what was originally a ward in the former Royal Hospital for Woman in Paddington.

Located in a building renovated by the multidisciplinary architectural practice Devine Erby Mazlin, AAA Vice President and architect Ben Gerstel, will discuss the transformation of the hospital site into a large scale inner city residential development - now known as Paddington Green.

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This Saturdays Residential Coach Tour Almost Sold Out

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Taking place this Saturday 7 March, the first AAA Residential Coach Tour for 2020 promises to provide a fascinating insight into the latest contemporary home design in Sydney.

The Australian Architecture Association will showcase the work of established and upcoming architects, including David Boyle of David Boyle Architect, Ben Peake, Associate at Carter Williamson Architects, Sam Crawford, Director of Sam Crawford Architects, James Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick + Partners, and Manuelle Schelp of Studio Schelp.

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