Archive 2008

December Tours

Last Sydney Twilight Skyscraper Walks
Don’t miss out on the final twilight walks for 2008 on Tuesday 2nd, 9th and Wednesday 10th December starting at 6.00pm from Customs House, Circular Quay.

These walks largely follow the route of the Sydney Skyscraper Walk and provide information on many of Sydney’s most important contemporary high-rise buildings including the Deutsche Bank Building by British architect, Sir Norman Foster.

Architecture Harbour Cruise
Experience the city and harbour foreshores on Saturday 6th December from aboard the aboriginal boat the ‘Deerubbun’.

The ninety-minute harbour cruise will be led by architect Nick Hollo, who will give you an insight into the architecture surrounding the foreshores of Sydney.

The boat departs at 12.45pm from Eastern Pontoon, Circular Quay.

Book online now by going to the bookings column or call 02 8297 7283.

February tours - book online


We’ve no doubt that 2008 will be an exciting year for the AAA and to kick things off we are announcing online bookings for all of our tours.

So start 2008 off by learning more about the who, what, why, when and where of Sydney architecture with these tours (click a link below for more info and to book a ticket):

Here is a link to all tours that you can book online.

There’ll be more changes to the site shortly as we get our new tour section operational. Stay tuned.

Tour news

Angelo Candalepas on 4 March tour or with group of participants.

First exclusive Building tour
Angelo Candalepas (pictured above front right) led a tour through his nearly completed office building at 61 York Street. Participants were able to explore one of Sydney’s newest workplaces that incorporates unusual elements like the external balconies, that are large enough to use as meeting spaces, but are open to fresh air and the sounds drifting up from the city below. Yes that is Stella’s thumb in the image.

LAST Twilight Walks
The last of the summer light is nigh don’t miss the final twilight walks on Wednesday 19th and Wednesday 26 March starting at 6.00pm in front of Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay.

These walks largely follow the route of the Sydney Skyscraper Walk and provide information on many of Sydney’s most important contemporary high-rise buildings as well as important interventions like the extensions to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

FIRST Castlecrag tour
Ben Gerstel will lead the first 2008 tour of Castlecrag on Saturday 15 March at 2.00pm departing from the Castlecrag Shops Quadrangle, Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag. This tour looks at a number of interesting houses as Ben also explains Walter and Marion Mahoney Griffins plans for this suburb in the bush. Book here.

NEW Col Griffiths tour
Colin Griffiths spent his first 30 years of architectural practice working as Harry Seidler’s right hand man. In this new tour he is focussing on the skyscrapers that pre-dated the modernist buildings he helped design. The tour include some of Sydney’s finest office towers of the 20s, 30s and 40s. If you didn’t think there were any of these left, Col has a surprise or two in store for you. Friday 11 April at 1pm, departing from Railway House, 17 York Street, Sydney (next to the entrance to Wynyard Station). Did we mention you can book online

Surry Hills
If you haven’t had a chance to take the AAA’s most popular tour, perhaps the change to a Sunday afternoon may provide the opportunity. Join in and discover architectural gems like the Readers Digest Building and learn about one of Sydney’s fascinating suburbs on Sunday 30 March at 2.00pm on the corner of Elizabeth and Cleveland Streets, Chippendale. Reserve your place

Residential Bus tour
Book ahead for the first residential tour of 2008, that will include new houses by Vivianne Marston, Stephen Varady, a new apartment complex by Frank Stanisic and the classic Seidler house led by Penelope Seidler. Saturday 19 April starting at 9.30 am. Book here.

Architecture Harbour Cruise
The next harbour cruise will be on Saturday 5 April with an architectural commentary from architect and harbour expert Nick Hollo. Secure your spot on the boat here

Architecture tours in April

Seidler’s masterpiece is a complex of buildings on the cliffs at Milsons Point.

Inside are his own offices and an apartment building that is topped by a spectacular penthouse. Both buildings are open for an AAA tour led by architects who worked with Harry Seidler on Wednesday 9 April starting at 6.00pm in front of 2 Glen Street, Milsons Point.

Sydney’s first skyscrapers were built during the 20s, 30s and 40s. In a new AAA tour Colin Griffiths will lead a walk around some of these forgotten treasures on Friday 11 April starting at 1.00pm in front of 11 York Street (next to Wynyard Station entrance).

Book online now by going to the bookings column or call 02 8297 7283.

Tour of Surry Hills architecture

The AAA’s next Surry Hills tour is on Sunday 27 April at 2.00pm starting on the corner of Cleveland and Elizabeth Street.

A review by a participant on this tour late last year is available on here. It not only describes this popular tour, but gives it a complete rap, describing the tour leader Terrence Yong as EXCELLENT.

In the two hour walk you will discover architectural secrets like the modern gothic Readers Digest building by architect John James.

Book online now by going to the tours column or call 02 8297 7283 to book on the phone.