March - At Home With the Architect Review

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Project: Iron Maiden House by CplusC Architectural Workshop.

Location: Longueville, NSW

In March, as part of AAA’s monthly initiative ‘At Home with the Architect’, we visited Iron Maiden House by CplusC Architectural Workshop. 

A unique project and built form set amidst a suburb known for its traditional large homes, the tour provoked surprise and wonder in attendees once they had passed through the sandstone walls. 

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The client brief for the project was to design and create a home for a family of five, one that was not dissimilar to the subtropical climates of Asia where the family had been residing. The clients wanted to challenge traditional notions of suburban residential design and living in many aspects, in a home that utilised passive design principles to heat and cool the building. The resulting home is spacious and supportive with a connection to the outdoors that is both enviable and awe-inspiring. 

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The tour attendees were guided through the home by Managing Director, Clinton Cole who graciously answered multiple questions about the intricacies of dealing with council on such a unique site and design, architectural detailing, functionality and practicality of living in such an open home. The home is inextricably linked to the outdoors, there is no escaping the changes in the climate with many attendees curious about preventing insects (namely mosquitoes) and the rain from entering the home, and how to maintain the central linear pond that flows from the front gate through the home. 

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The aim of the ‘At Home with the Architect’ tours is to allow attendees to immerse themselves in architecture that is ‘liveable’. It provides a platform to ask those burning questions of the architect and experience buildings and spaces that are often quite different from the traditional notions of the residential design yet equally habitable. 

Stay tuned for next months tour...

  • Article: Trina Kazi
  • Images: Iron Maiden House by CplusC Architectural Workshop (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

NSW: AAA Launches A New Walk In Chippendale

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This month you won't want to miss out on joining the launch of the Australian Architecture Association's newest tour. The Chippendale Walk - developed and led by volunteer tour leader and architect Ben Gerstel, takes place on Saturday 17 March.

The inner city urban village of Chippendale is named after William Chippendale who was granted 95 acres of farmland in 1819.

This rapidly gentrifying suburb has a colourful history as an industrial centre. Over its history the suburbs main claim to fame has been its distillery and brewery and reputation as a slum housing prostitutes, rat catchers and nefarious criminal activites.

Over the 90 minute tour you'll discover some of the suburbs architectural gems, including the Mortuary Railing Station and garden, Spice Alley and Indigo Slam, an amazing residential project by Smart Design Studio.

As part of the tour and at the conclusion of this new tour, we will be serving light refreshments at the Old Clare Hotel. The Old Clare Hotel fits very well into the fabric of this precinct.

Meeting Point: The Halo Sculpture, Central Park, Chippendale NSW 2008
Date: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Time: Saturday 17 March 2018
Tickets: $35 (public) / $30 (Seniors & Students) / $8 (AAA Members)
Please note - concession ticket holders should present their ID on the tour day.

Click here to secure your place on the tour. Numbers are limited, so book now so you don't miss out!

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Central Park designed by French architect Jean Nouvel (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: Indigo Slam designed by Sydney firm Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

Visit Iron Maiden House by CplusC

Iron Maiden House Front Corner preview

In March we will be visiting a house in the Sydney suburb of Longueville by CplusC Architectural Workshop and Clinton Cole, Managing Director will be leading you through this amazing project.

The CplusC team works collaboratively to deliver expertly detailed, elaborate and sustainable homes for their clients.  Winner of multiple design and construction industry awards, CplusC practice offers both architectural and construction services. The practice believes in wonderful architectural ideas, efficient construction systems, holistic sustainable project development and exceptional value for service. 

The site is afforded views of the Lane Cove River and the Sydney CBD. Iron Maiden House was designed for a family of five. Clinton Cole, said the clients were looking for a home that used passive design principles to heat and cool the building. They weren’t afraid to challenge traditional notions of what a home should and shouldn’t be, requesting a generous connection to the outdoors to enjoy and entertain family and friends.

The elongated, corner site presented an opportunity to explore an atypical typology and form for Iron Maiden House.

The simple shape was extruded lengthways along the site and sliced down the middle with a pond to form a central axis. Slender,cathedral like spaces were formed around this central thoroughfare with ponds running parallel to walkways to connect the spaces. This provides a sheltered private outdoor space for the family to relax and enjoy.


Location: Longueville, 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 25 March 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Click here and book now before the tour is full!


  • Images Source: CplusC Architectural Workshop
  • Photographer: Murray Fredericks


Buy Your Christmas Gifts From the AAA

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Wondering what presents to buy for your loved ones this christmas? The Australian Architecture Association has the solution!

We have some wonderful ideas for gifts, from decadent treats that satisfy the palate, through to limited edition fine art prints and an original artwork.

Click here to check out the best stocking fillers you'll find this season.

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  • Image 1: Artisan chocolates hand made by Something For Cake and a bottle of Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora (2014 Vintage Cellar Door)
  • Image 2: Fine art print by artist Craig Couzens, ‘Alice Meets the Caterpillar’ A/P Edn of 6 (Signed by the artist)

NSW: Last AAA Residential Bus Tour For 2017

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Secure your place on the last AAA Residential Bus Tour taking place on Saturday 9 December. Don't miss out on discovering some of the latest contemporary residential architecture in Sydney.

On this all day bus tour you will explore the exteriors and interiors of homes and meet the architects and some of their clients, including Bijl Architecture, who designed the home featured in this article.

Learn first hand the different ways houses are designed and constructed. This is a great opportunity to see privately owned architect designed homes that aren't normally open to the public.

A delicious lunch at a restaurant is provided as part of the tour and you'll enjoy the chance to relax with fellow design enthusiasts, discussing what you've seen.


  • Date: Saturday 9 December 2017
  • Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
  • Tickets: $195 (public) / $175 (AAA Members)

Hurray tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: 'Doorzien House', designed by Bijl Architecture (image provided by the architect)