Visit Tathra House by Annabelle Chapman

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This months 'At Home With The Architect' tour, explores a residence designed by Annabelle Chapman.

The Australian Architecture Association invites you to visit 'Tathra' a Victorian terrace house (c1902) in the Sydney suburb of Paddington by architect Annabelle Chapman.

It was substantially altered in the 1970’s with removal of all the internal fabric (staircase, fireplaces, timber windows etc) and additions typical of 1970’s ‘terrace house modern’. Subsequently there was nothing of the original house worth saving, apart from the front and side walls. As the adjacent terraces were altered similarly, the rear secondary sections of the house had no historic references to maintain, giving a generous design scope.

The house is very spacious and connected, feeling unlike a terrace house format, said architect Annabelle Chapman. There is abundant light throughout the house, as well as good breezes and cross ventilation.


Established in 2000, Annabelle Chapman Architect is a small design studio located in Eastern Sydney, that specialises in residential design. Their portfolio of work ranges from small alteration and addition projects through to large new houses.

Principal of the practice, Annabelle Chapman, holds degrees in both Architecture and Interior Design, and has been a Chartered Architect since 1986. Annabelle has over 30 years experience, having worked on Heritage Buildings, Commercial Interiors, small and large scale residential work.

Annabelle's design ethos is centred around the creation of residential spaces that are inspiring, integrate sustainable building practices and provide clients with planning solutions to suit their lifestyle.

Her work has been published in architectural and other publication.

As you explore the interiors and exteriors, discover through a conversation with Annabelle Chapman, how the 'Tathra House' was conceived, designed and built.


Location: Paddington, 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 27 May 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: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: Interior and exterior views of Tathra House Designed by Annabelle Chapman Architect (images courtesy of Annabelle Chapman Architect)


NSW: AAA Residential Bus Tour Takes Place May


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Secure your place on the first AAA Residential Bus Tour taking place on Saturday 5 May. 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 contemporary Sydney homes and meet their architects, including Drew Heath Architects, Jorge Hrdina Architects and Utz Sanby Architects.

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 5 May 2018
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (public) / $180 (AAA Members)

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now! Click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
    Image: 'Palm Beach House', designed by Utz Sanby Architects (Photographer: Walters Media)


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