NSW At Home With the Architect Visits Castlecrag

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 19 November and visits an award winning house in Castlecrag designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects.

Meet architect Rachel Neeson and her clients and learn about how the new residence was designed to incorporate aspects of the original house built by the client's grandfather.

Organised over four levels, the house has been designed with a desire to provide the experience of living in harmony with nature. The site has three particularly special qualities – a beautiful sandstone outcrop to the street, an adjacent bush reserve, and tranquil water views to the bay.

ABOUT NEESON MURCUTT ARCHITECTS

Neeson Murcutt Architects is an award winning practice based in Potts Point NSW. The firm was formed in 2004 by Rachel Neeson and Nick Murcutt and undertakes work on a broad range of projects, from bespoke houses to multi-unit housing and housing prototypes, education projects, tourism projects, public and community commissions, and adaptive reuse environments.

Their work has been recognised for design excellence, both locally and internationally, through awards, publications, lectures and exhibitions.

TOUR DETAILS

  • Location: Castlecrag, 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 19 November 2017
  • Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to meet the architect and experience this privately owned residence, numbers are limited.
Book your place on the tour, click here.

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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.

TOUR DETAILS:

  • 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)

Keep Architecture Open 2017

Support Our Fundraising Campaign

Keep Architecture Open


Dear Friends of AAA,

We're reaching out to our AAA Friends again because we are hoping to raise $10,000.

Our amazing group of volunteer tour leaders form the backbone of our Association and its’ your support that helps us train the skilled volunteers who lead our walking tours.

Supporting our fundraising campaign will help “Keep Architecture Open” to everyone!

Your support will also assist us in developing and delivering new tours and events in 2018. With your help AAA will continue to educate and engage in discussion with the public about architecture and how it impacts our lives on a daily basis.

In appreciation of your help, we have put together some amazing rewards for your support in the ‘Keep Architecture Open’ campaign.

Please follow the link below and donate as little as $10 to our campaign.
 

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This is just one of our amazing rewards included in the campaign – Ranger’s Hill Mudgee, gouache on paper, 35cm x 44cm unframed,51cm x 59cm framed painting by artist/architect Paul Connor.
 


 

Please share this campaign with your friends/colleagues to help spread the word to donate.

Thank you again in anticipation of your support.
 

Regards,
 

Annette Dearing
AAA Founding Director

NSW: Join a Special Walking Tour Highlighting Sustainable Design

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Join a very special tour of sustainable design in Castlecrag. Timed to coincide with Sustainable House Day 2017 on Sunday 17 September, Willoughby City Council and the Australian Architecture Association invites you to discover how sustainable design can be incorporated into the way we build our homes.

The Castlecrag Sustainable walking tour will focus on a variety of houses showing different aspects of sustainability and the overall impact of Griffin's design for the suburb of Castlecrag. You will have the opportunity to go inside two architect designed houses and hear about the passive solar ideas which have been incorporated.

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'Most architects incorporate sustainability elements in their designs without knowing it, as this is how architects have been taught', said tour leader and architect Ben Gerstel. 'The design principles of the passive solar energy house in Australia are becoming more popular as the public realise and understand the potential savings these principles can bring', said Ben Gerstel.

Castlecrag was recognised as a special place by Canberra’s designer Walter Burley Griffin and his partner Marion Mahony Griffin. They made a plan for Castlecrag to be developed as the perfect garden suburb, with small houses surrounded by trees and rocky outcrops.

TOUR DETAILS
Location: Castlecrag
Date: Sunday 17 September 2017
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Tickets: $25 (public) / $20 (Seniors & Student)
Please note that ID should be presented on the day for concession tickets.

Don't miss out on this very special walk - numbers are limited. Click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Annette Dearing and Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Felstead House, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, completed in 1926
  • Image 1 Source: The Australian Architecture Association
  • Image 2: The Sunnyside House, designed by Ben Gerstel Architecture
  • Image 2 Source: Ben Gerstel

NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits Castlecrag

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 30 July, visiting a new home in Castlecrag, designed by Porebski Architects.

Designed to respond to its location within the Walter Burley Griffin conservation area, the Castlecrag residence has been conceived as a twenty-first century reinterpretation of houses designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin.

The brief for the architects was to design a home that would comfortably accommodate a multi-generational family. The original childhood residence of one of the owners, was demolished to build a residence that would more suitably address the north - south orientation of the property and maximise access to natural light in the living areas, while maintaining privacy from the surrounding neighbours.

The final result is a house with strong horizonal forms that sits on a stone podium and has a centralised courtyard. The palette of materials is kept restrained, utilising concrete brick, off-form concrete, timber and copper.

ABOUT POREBSKI ARCHITECTS

Porebski Architects is a small architecture practice based in Chippendale.

Founding Director Andre Heyko-Porebski has been in architectural practice in Australia for over five decades. His early residential projects, Kurraba Point House, completed in 1964 and Maley House in Castlecrag, completed in 1972, are regarded as fine examples of the development of Sydney modernism.

Andre's son Alex Heyko-Porebski and daughter Victoria D'Alisa continue the firms tradition of creating innovative, bespoke residential, commercial and educational projects.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Castlecrag, 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 30 July 2017
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to meet the architects and experience this privately owned residence, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

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