Archive 2009

Experience Castlecrag


Learn about one of Sydney's most picturesque garden suburbs on a two hour walk this Saturday 17 April at 2pm, meeting at the Castlecrag Shopping Centre. Tour leader Ben Gerstel, who is a local architect, will lead the first Castlecrag tour for 2010. This tour looks at a number of architect designed houses and Ben explains Walter Burley Griffin's and Marion Mahoney's plans for this leafy suburb.

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Ben will also lead a different Castlecrag Tour in May and a Middle Cove Tour in June.


Newcastle Open 09


The 2009 Newcastle Open is the largest architectural community event in Newcastle and this year it will be on Sunday 15 November.  More than 20 buildings, apartments and homes will be open to the public.

This is the perfect event for those interested in exploring the city's award-winning contemporary designs and cultural legacy of our heritage buildings. Newcastle is often remarked upon for its unique showcase and concentration of a range of architectural styles all within walking distance in the city.

Participants will experience the building in its urban context and the wide range of buildings provided by the Newcastle Open are located in an area of the city bound by Newcastle East, The Hill, Darby Street and the Civic and Honeysuckle precincts. Notable architectural examples abound in this area, examples by creative architects that bring to the public what Brian Suters calls, "the happiness of architecture."

This is a great day to be out and about and gives people the chance to see award-winning designs and spaces normally restricted to the public.

A visit to each building is enhanced by the insight provided by AAA expert guides and the informed comment offered by many of the buildings' owners and users.

Book online here or phone (02) 4925 2265.

For a complete list of buildings, please visit the Lock-Up Cultural Centre website.

(Photo by: Garry Jones)


AAA Exhibition - Remodelling Architecture: Architectural Places - Digital Spaces

This is the fifth annual exhibition presented by the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) and supported by Customs House.

A new generation of international architects from Europe and America are making Sydney their home and look set to transform the future of the city.

Young, digitally savvy and globally connected, their work is the subject of this year's AAA exhibition at Customs House, Circular Quay.

"This show marks the ascendency of people, all in their 30s, who five years ago were not even on the radar," says architect Gerard Reinmuth, curator of the exhibition. They are attracted by Sydney's lifestyle but have the technology to work globally and are designing towers not house extensions.

The exhibition includes the work of architects from overseas and Australian architects who have returned home with digital skills and experience.
Discover how digital design is being utilised to envision the projects of the future. Featured in the exhibition are Anarchi, David Burns, Enter Architecture, Dan Hill, Adrian Lahoud, LAVA, Russell Lowe, Offshore Studio and Super Collossal.

Exhibition Space, Level 2, Customs House. Open daily - Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat/Sun 11am-4pm. Entry free.

Win a Limited Edition AAA Box of Cards

cardsBook any walking tours in October or November for your chance to win one of the AAA's box of limited edition Cards worth $65.

There are 24 cards in the box with prints of drawings and images by renowned Australian architects: Glenn Murcutt, the late Harry Seidler, Angelo Candalepas, Richard Johnson, Nick Hollo, Lawrence Nield, Camilla Block, Lindsay Clare, Donovan Hill, Neil Durbach, Sean Godsell, Alex Popov, Peter Stronach, Peter Stutchbury, Peter Tonkin, Stephen Varady, Colin Griffiths, Terroir, Abbie Galvin, Richard Goodwin, Col Madigan, Pem Gerner and James Grose.

The winner will be notified by email in December.

Twilight Sydney City Architecture Walk

Spring is here and the daylight evenings are with us. Look at some of Sydney's most important buildings in a leisurely walk after work to learn more about the city's architecture. From Harry Seidler's iconic Australia Square tower that dominated the Sydney skyline when it was completed in 1970 to Deutsche Bank Place and Aurora Place, recent additions to Sydney's skyline.

Twilight walks are every Wednesday at 6.00pm starting this Wednesday 14 October through to 9 December.

Book here