NSW: Join the The Rocks Tour This Saturday

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It’s time to celebrate all things creative with the annual Sydney Design Festival 2018. Taking place 2-11 March, the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is once again partnering in the festival. Join our final special tour for the Festival - The Rocks tour, taking place this Saturday 10 March.

If you missed out on our Sydney Observatory tours last Saturday, you can still explore the surrounds of Observatory Hill by joining The Rocks tour.


On this unique two-hour walking tour of Sydney’s oldest suburb, you'll discover Sydney’s past, present and future!

Stroll with us 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 by major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the Harbour Bridge. We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new 21st century residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo. See how Barangaroo has been developed and hear about how the architecture shapes the foreshores of the city of Sydney.


The Rocks Walk developed by the Australian Architecture Association.

Location: Meet at the Harbourside Forecourt, Museum of Contemporary Art 
140 George St, The Rocks, NSW 2000
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Tickets: Adult $30 / Senior, Student & MAAS Members $25 (ID required to join the walk) / AAA Members Free

Accessibility: Please note the tour encompasses climbing stairs and walking over uneven surfaces.

Numbers are limited, so click here now to book your place on the tour.


The Sydney Design Festival 2018 is now in its 20th year. This annual contemporary design festival creates a platform for a convergence of people, ideas and activities across creative industry sectors.

Sydney Design program content provides visitors with an opportunity to unpack design in all its forms – to understand and explore the processes, functions and narratives within design enterprise and to be inspired by the exhibitions and people involved in creating our futures.

This year the Sydney Design festival explores the theme ‘Call to Action’ and examines how design has a role to play in an ever-changing world and has the potential to solve complex global problems.

Click here to explore What’s On over the festival calendar.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Sydney Design Festival 2018 logo (sourced from MAAS)
  • Image 2: The Museum of Contemporary Art (Photographer: Vincent Lam)

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