NSW: AAA First Woollahra Walk Sold Out!

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The inaugural AAA Woollahra Walk was launched in February this year and what a great success it was! The walk was sold out. We had a group of 20 enthusiastic people who were not scared of the rain and boy did it rain. Luise Elsing, a Councillor from Woollahra Council, was invited to launch the walk. Afterwards, she complimented us on how wonderful the walk was despite the weather.

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The AAA has not ventured into this part of Sydney before. Between Woollahra and Paddington, there is a lot to see. The housing stock is very varied between the old terrace houses, new infill housing and architect designed, free standing houses.

The walk started at the Phoenix Hotel which is located close to Sid Einfield Drive at the top of Ocean Street. The walk took in many wonderful houses and a variety of buildings including a , church, a synagogue, shops and even the building which featured in that wonderful Australian soapie, Number 96. This was a blast from the past for many of the attendees as they did not know that the building was located in Woollahra.

People who came on the walk were not be disappointed as they saw the early work of some of Sydney’s well known architects like Glenn Murcutt, Alex Tzannes and Don Gazzard to name a few. A lot of these houses have played an important role in the history of domestic architecture in Sydney.

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Since this was the launch of the AAA Woollahra Walk, it finished back at the Phoenix Hotel for a well deserved drink and something to eat and hear some encouraging words from Luise Elsing. Also, to get out of the rain!

The next Woollahra Walk takes place in May.

Location: Meet at the Phoenix Hotel, 1 Moncur Street, Woollahra NSW 2025
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Date: Saturday 6 May 2017
Tickets: $25 (Public) / $20 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Ben Gerstel
  • Image 1: Residence designed by Grove Architects http://www.grovearchitects.com.au/
  • Image 2: Ben Gerstel introduces Woollahra councillor Luise Elsing, who officially launched the Woollahra Walk
  • Image 3: Residence designed by Glenn Murcutt
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits Balmain

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Don't miss out on the first NSW At Home with the Architect for 2017, taking place this Sunday 5 February.

Visit a brand new townhouse development designed by SHED Architects. Comprising of three very different and compact dwellings wrapped around a small courtyard, the homes are designed with the intent to create a contemporary and exciting scheme that would integrate into the eclectic and smallā€scale fabric of Balmain.

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SHED Architects was established in 2012 by UK trained architect Chris Haughton.

In collaboration with Associate Terence Yong and Project Leader Joshua Downie, the small practice’s work has been recognised with design and industry awards for its boutique hotel and commercial office projects.

The practice undertakes work in a variety of sectors including residential, hospitality and commercial.

They have been published in both print and internet media and have been recognised for their environmentally conscious approach to design as well as their sensitive adaptive re-use of heritage buildings.


Location: Balmain, 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 5 February 2017
Tickets: $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members) / AAA Volunteers Free

You won’t want to miss out on joining the first At Home With the Architect tour for 2017! Book now by clicking here.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Project Credits:
    Project Architect: Terence Yong
    Interior Design: Cressida Kennedy of Space Control Design
  • Image 1:Visualisation of the Balmain development
  • Image 2: Courtyard View (photographer Terence Yong)
  • Image 3: Entries (photographer Terence Yong) 
  • Images Source: SHED Architects website

NSW: Walking Tour Through The Rocks

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Enjoy a weekend stroll through one of the first residential settlements established by the First Fleet - The Rocks. Trace the development of Sydney's oldest suburb with buildings representing the past, present and future! 

Wander 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 major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the harbour bridge.

We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses of the 21st Century after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo.

Tour Details:

Location: Meet at the Harbourside Forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Saturday 11 February 2017
Tickets: $25 (Public) / $20 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens / AAA website
  • Image: View of the Barangaroo development
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

NSW Walking Tour: Join A Sydney City Walk

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Start the new year with a healthy two hour walk through the streets of Sydney. The Sydney City Walk is the original walk developed by the Australian Architecture Association.

For the past ten years AAA trained tour guides have been helping residents and visitors to discover parts of the city they never knew existed. Each tour guide brings their own flavour to the tour, so that no one tour is quite like the other.

Learn about some of the iconic buildings that grace the streets of the CBD and take a journey through the history of the cities development.


Location: Meet on the steps of Customs House, Circular Quay
Tickets: $25 (public) / $20 (Senior / Concession)
Note: AAA Members walk for free & students will need to show ID on the day.
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Every Saturday (Next tour takes place 4 February 2017)

Numbers are limited, click here to secure your place on this weekends tour.

  • Image: Steps up to Australia Square Tower (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

NSW: New Tour of Woollahra Launches This Month

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Join the Australian Architecture Association on a new AAA walking tour exploring the architecture of Woollahra and Paddington. 

Wandering through leafy streets laid down upon lands once inhabited by first nation peoples the Cadigal clan - tour participants will discover some of the numerous architect designed residences located in the area. Explore how the predominant typology - the terrace has evolved into a myriad of forms, from the traditional to the infill.

AAA volunteer tour guide and registered architect Ben Gerstel, will facilitate your experience of both exceptional and controversial buildings of the early to late twentieth century and how design has changed within the area into the twenty-first century.

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Featured on the tour are designs by well known Australian architects such as Don Gazzard, Neville Gruzman, Glen Murcutt, Peter Stronach and Alex Tzannes, as well as gems designed by less recognised architects.

Meeting Point: Phoenix Hotel (outside the front entrance), 1 Moncur Street, Woollahra NSW 2015
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Date: Saturday 25 February 2017
Tickets: $25 (Public) / $20 (Concession & Seniors)
Note: ID required to join the walk

Don’t miss out on joining the launch of the tour, click here to book your tickets.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: The secret garden - Woollahra style (Photographer: Daniel Dearing)
  • Image 2: Residence designed by Don Gazzard (Image Source: Design In Steel, 1976)
  • Image 3: The Phoenix Hotel, Woollahra (Photographer: Daniel Dearing)