It has been a busy month for the AAA with record numbers of architecture enthusiasts joining our tours. No doubt much of this interest has been spurred on by Sydney Design but we have also received enquiries from private organisations both here and overseas looking for something special for their groups. It is always gratifiying for our volunteers when they have a full complement to lead and it increases the excitment and interest of all on the tours or walks.
Earlier this month tour leader, Robert Morley took a group of 12 school students and their teacher on a walk through some of Sydney's most iconic buildings and later in the month Robert and I escorted an enthusiastic group on the Sydney Bar Tour.
Tour leader Vanessa Couzens' Sculpture of the City Walk was another well attended tour as were our Sydney Architecture Walks, Surry Hills Walk and Castlecrag Walks. The Northern Suburbs Residential Bus Tour was attended by more than 35 visitors who thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of architecture from modern, modestly priced apartments through to the wonderful home built by Russell Jack in the mid 1950s and now owned by interior designer, Annalissa Capurro to the beautiful contemporary homes in Hunters Hill and Mosman. Lunch at a marvellous restaurant in Hunters Hill was part of the tour, allowing guests to chat and get to know one another more while sampling some of Sydney's finest seafood in a harbourside setting.
A tour leaders' event was held mid-month, providing an opportunity for volunteers to catch up and enjoy a relaxing evening while taking a look at some newly completed projects and meeting with the architects. This month's event included dinner at the Cave restaurant, designed by Koichi Takada and volunteers enjoyed the opportunity to not only eat great Japanese food but to also meet with and talk to Koichi about this rather unique building.
With the warmer weather not too far away we look forward to our twilight events, including the Sydney Bar Tour and City Walks. In September we host the Sunshine Coast Residential Bus Tour and in October, The Sydney Architecture Festival will be in full swing. I look forward to seeing you!