Archive 2006

Elias Torres next Black Speaker

Forum esplanade, Barcelona by Lapena Torres

I know Elias Torres to be a remarkable thinker and marvellous architect and believe he is one of the most important European architects practising today. Through his extensive public and private projects he raises architecture to the level of art.‘ – Glenn Murcutt

Spanish architect Elias Torres will present the next Black talk in Sydney on 27 July and Melbourne on 28 July.

Elias Torres and his partner Jose Antonio Martinez-Lapena are renowned in Spain for sensitive additions in and around historic buildings in order to ensure their viability in the 21st century.

One of their most recent projects the Forum 2004 Esplanade addresses all the current issues facing cities around the world – with sustainability at its core.

The Forum esplanade had to complete the end of an important Barcelona avenue and finally allow it to reach the sea. What Lapena Torres designed is an inspirational structure that combines on its roof a huge solar collector panel and makes a place for people by the sea.

It was described by the Mies van der Rohe Award jury as ‘One of the most extraordinary structures … based on the themes of cultural understanding, social justice and sustainable development.’

We’ve got a press release you can read for more information.

You can now book and pay online:*

Book online Sydney, 27 July, 2006

Book online Melbourne, 28 July, 2006

If you want to book the old fashioned way phone the AAA on 02 8297 7283

*Online payment uses an external payment gateway

Sydney City Walk

An insightful look at some of Sydney’s most important buildings, led by trained AAA guides.

Sydney Design 06

As part of Sydney Design 06 the AAA is running a full program of tours—walking, bussing and cruising.

We haven’t quite got the online booking sorted out, so in the meantime, you can download a booking form and fax it in. (To download the appropriate form, click on the name of the tour).

Alternatively, deal with us direct by phoning 02 8297 7283.

Colorbond bus tour of residential and commercial projects Celebrating 40 years.

  • Saturday at 9.30 am: 12 August
  • Cost: $150 includes lunch and bus travel.$120 for AAA members
  • Meet: Customs House, Loftus Street, Circular Quay.

Architecture Harbour Cruise Sold Out!
This 90 minute narrated cruise led by Richard Leplastrier will give you a new perspective on the harbour and the city aboard the Deerubbun.

  • Saturday at 2.45 pm: 5 August
  • Cost: $38
  • Departs Circular Quay

Unless noted otherwise, all walking tours are $15 and AAA members are free. Please arrive 10 minutes before departure. Bring a hat and/or umbrella, these tours go in rain or sunshine.

Sydney City Walk
An insightful look at some of Sydney’s most important buildings, led by the trained AAA guides.

  • Saturdays at 10.30am: 5, 12 & 19 August
  • Meet: Australia Square, Pitt Street, in front of fountain in plaza.

Walk through time
Find out how Sydney went from the brick austerity of Hyde Park Barracks to the Glass and Steel sleekness of World Square. A guided tour of some of Sydney most important buildings from 1788 to 2004.

  • Saturdays at 10.30am: 5, 12, 19, 26 August.
  • Meet: Hyde Park Barracks, Macquarie Street in front of main gate.

Harbour Edge Walk
Look at some of architecture’s most interesting buildings lining the edge of Sydney’s harbour.

  • Sundays at 2.00pm: 6 August, 13 August
  • Meet: Entrance to Doyles Restaurant, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay.

City Bar tour
Let our trained guides show you how architecture has redefined the bar experience in Sydney.

  • Monday at 5.30pm: 7 August
  • Friday at 5.30pm: 11 August
  • Meet: meeting place will be confirmed at time of booking.

Surry Hills Walk
Explore one of Sydney’s most fascinating suburbs

  • Saturdays at 2.00pm: 5, 12, 19 and 26 August
  • Meet: meeting place will be confirmed at time of booking.

Parramatta Urban Art and Architecture Walk
An insightful look at some of Parramatta’s urban change including the integration of urban art and architecture to achieve Parramatta and Western Sydney’s cultural strategy. Led by Janine Campbell.

  • Sundays at 2.00pm: 13 August
  • Meet: Parramatta Visitors Centre,

Architects choice walks
Join some of Sydney’s leading architects to find out how architecture has shaped our city.

Ben Gerstl’s tours of Castlecrag Sold Out!

  • Saturdays at 2.00pm: 12 and 19 August
  • Cost: $15. AAA members are free.
  • Meet: Castlecrag Shops, Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

Lawrence Nield’s tour of Sydney

  • Saturday at 2.00pm: 5 August
  • Cost: $15. AAA members are free.
  • Departs from Capitol Theatre, Haymarket

Peter John Cantrill’s tour of Sydney

  • Saturday at 2.00pm: 6 August.
  • Cost: $15. AAA members are free.
  • Meet: Meeting place confirmed when booking

Peter Tonkin’s tour of Sydney

  • Sunday at 10.30 am: 20 August
  • Cost: $15. AAA members are free.
  • Meet: Meeting place confirmed when booking.

Philip Thalis tour of Sydney

  • Sunday at 2.00pm: 20 August
  • Cost: $15. AAA members are free.
  • Meet: Meeting place confirmed when booking

Gevork Hartoonian’s tour of Harry Seidler towers

  • Sunday at 2.00 pm: 6 August
  • Sunday at 10.30 am: 13 August
  • Cost $15.00 AAA members are free.
  • Meet: Meeting place confirmed when booking

Richard Johnson’s tour of the Sydney Opera House Sold Out!

  • Tuesday at 10.30 am: 8 August
  • Cost: $25.00
  • Meet: Stage Door underneath the main steps of the Opera House, Bennelong Point.
  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.

Port Kembla tour Sold Out!
A tour of Bluescope’s steel works plus a South Coast house

  • Wednesday at 8.30 am: 16 August
  • completely sponsored by Bluescope Steel ‘“ no cost so book now
  • Meet: Customs House, Loftus Street, Circular Quay.
  • Duration: Approximately 8 hours.

University Building tour
A tour of Newcastle University’s outstanding collection of award winning buildings.

  • Sunday 20 August at 10.00 am
  • Cost $15. AAA members are free
  • Meet: University of Newcastle, Callaghan Road, Newcastle.

Tours after Sydney Design 06

2006 White Tours All the tours for SD06 are sold out (but we have more: read below). There has been a wonderful response to our programme of 30 tours that we put on during the Sydney Design Festival from 5 to 20 August.

Feedback from tour participants has been overwhelmingly positive with rave reviews for many of the tours. Peter John Cantrill received a ‘1st class’ response, whilst another participant on the tour of Harry Seidler towers said ‘Gevork was awesome’ of the tour leader Gevork Hartoonian.

The three amigoes?

The combination of a beautifully designed Steel house by James Grose with a tour of Bluescope Steel’s steelmaking plant also drew highly positive responses including ‘It was an excellent tour in every way’. This despite the fact that everyone was required to don considerable safety gear as demonstrated in this collector’s photo of the AAA Directors Stella de Vulder on the left and Annette Dearing on the right with Sarita Chand.

There are still places left on some of this year’s remaining tours, download the brochure here, make a booking and find out why the AAA receives such positive feedback to the tours.

Young Architects Take 2 Exhibition

For the second year in a row the AAA is staging an exhibition in Customs House, Circular Quay to mark World Architecture Day and Architecture Week.

This year the exhibition is also part of Sydney City Council’s Art and About Festival.

Curated by Gerard Reinmuth, the theme follows on from last year’s Young Architects Exhibition that looked at the practices where at least one principal was under 40.

This year the focus is on young collaborators in large architecture practices.

Allen Jack+Cottier, Bligh Voller Nield, Johnson Pilton Walker, Lacoste + Stevenson Architects, Ian Moore Architects, NSW Government Architect’s Office, and PTW Architects are the participating firms.

Glenn Murcutt, AAA Founding President will officially open the exhibition at 6.30pm on Wednesday 27 September. Call the AAA booking line 02 8297 7283 if you would like to attend.

There will also be a free public lecture by all the participating architects on Monday 16 October at 6pm in the Barnet Long Room, Customs House. Although it’s free—you still need to reserve a place (call 02 8297 7283).

Open daily – Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 12noon-4pm the exhibition runs until 20 October.