Archive 2013

'Keep Architecture Open' - Update


The Australian Architecture Association would like to thank all our kind supporters in our 'Keep Architecture Open' campaign, which aimed to raise funds for our operations in 2014. Your generosity allowed us to reach a little over our initial target of $15,000, which will help us to continue to run our current NSW based program of walks, tours and talks in 2014.

We would like to extend our particular thanks to our wonderful sponsors who donated some fab rewards for AAA supporters:

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At Home With the Architect - 2013 In Review


June 2013 saw the introduction of a new addition to the Australian Architecture Association's program of Open House tours. The 'At Home With the Architect' self drive tour opened up a series of inspiring architect designed houses over a two hour period once a month. This years offering were all homes lived in by the architects who designed them.

The AAA would like to extend a very big thankyou to the designers and their families who welcomed us into their personal spaces, as well as the design enthusiasts who attended the opens.

Featured in 'At Home With the Architect' over 2013 were:

JUNE 2013: Sam Crawford Architects - Sam Crawford & Jane Crawford's Stanmore Residence


JULY 2013: Welsh + Major Architects - David Welsh & Christine Major's Forest Lodge Residence


AUGUST 2013: Annalisa Capurro - Russell & Pamela Jack's Residence


SEPTEMBER 2013: Drew Heath Architects - McMahons Point Residence


OCTOBER 2013: Carone Dolan Design - George Carone & Bridget Dolan's Queens Park Residence


NOVEMBER 2013: Chris Elliott Architects -  Bronte Residence


The 'At Home With the Architect' series of open houses will begin again in February 2014. We look forward to seeing you!


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens


Wiley Books Discount for 'All About Architecture' Readers


Wiley wishes you a wonderful and safe Christmas. To celebrate the festive season Wiley is offering a special 30% discount for 'All About Architecture' readers.

Architecture, design and business books are on offer as gifts or simply for inspirational reading. Click here to browse their extensive range of titles.

Use the promo code XMS30 at checkout to receive your AAA discount.

Great Discounts on Memberships, Walks, Tours and Merchandise for 2014


DONATE NOW and show you want the AAA to continue to run it's extensive program of walks, tours and talks in 2014. We REWARD your generosity with fabulous discounts on a whole host of goodies. Don't miss out!

We are only a third of the way there in our aim to raise $15000 to fund our operations in 2014. With only a couple of weeks to go on the campaign we need you to show the love!

This is an all or nothing campaign - if we don't make target we don't redeem your pledges and you don't get the goodies! So urge your friends, family and acquaintances to support the AAA and enjoy the fantastic REWARDS on offer for 2014.


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Book Now For the Final AAA Open House: At Home With the Architect For 2013


This month 'At Home With the Architect' features 'Seacliff House' the 2013 Sydney Design Award winning home of architect Chris Elliot. Our Open House happens a little earlier this month on Sunday 17 November. Book now to get your early bird discount.

Seacliff House was designed for a family of four, the architect's own, and offered an opportunity to experiment with ideas. It's carved white exterior is a highlight of the famous Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.

Designed with the perculiarities of the site rather than struggling against them and a sliver of land, set against the vast Australian sea, the long north and south elevations are moulded with apertures to control light, privacy and views.


Since it's establishment in 1992, Chris Elliot Architects has received a slew of prestigious design awards and been featured in numerous design publications. Their work includes residential and commercial projects and a special interest in large scale architectural and urban design.

House Location: Bronte
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members)
Time: 11am - 1pm
Date: Sunday 17 November

Numbers are limited so don't miss out! To book your place on the self drive tour click here.


Want to get your  tickets early for 'At Home With the Architect' in 2014? Receive a fantastic discount and support our operations fund raising campaign at the same time.

Visit 'Keep Architecture Open' and select the number of tickets you want under our $60 REWARD, which entitles you to a double pass for any 'At Home With the Architect' self drive tour in 2014.

This great discount offer ends 12.00pm EST on Tuesday 19 November 2013.



AAA Partners With Canon to Offer New Membership Benefits


Becoming a member of the AAA is just about to become even better! The AAA has now partnered with the world's largest camera company Canon.

Canon has shown their support for the AAA with their recent donation of a compact Canon EOS M Twin Lens Kit camera to offer as a reward for pledging to our 'Keep Architecture Open' campaign to raise operations funds for our 2014 program.


As a member of the Australian Architecture Association you will be entitled to join the Canon Rewards Club, which will offers AAA members the opportunity to discover a range of unique offers from Canon Australia.

As a Canon Rewards Club member, you can take advantage of some awesome discounts, unique offers and special promotions that are now available to members.

Some of the main benefits you can expect from Canon:

  • Great Discouts on a massive range of Canon products (including cameras, lenses, printers & ink!)
  • Free delivery across Australia
  • 14 Day Piece of Mind offer
  • Access to unique sales and promotions.

For a limited time you can enjoy a great discount on AAA memberhip for 2014 by visiting our 'Keep Architecture Open' campaign and selecting the reward of either an individual membership, dual membership or corporate membership.

Hurry, the offer ends 12.00pm EST Tuesday 19 November 2013.

AAA Partners With Canon to Offer New Membership Benefits


Becoming a member of the AAA is just about to become even better! The AAA has now partnered with the world's largest camera company Canon.


As a member of the Australian Architecture Association you will be entitled to join the Canon Rewards Club, which will offer AAA members the opportunity to discover a range of unique offers from Canon Australia.

As a Canon Rewards Club member, you can take advantage of some awesome discounts, unique offers and special promotions that are now available to members.

Some of the main benefits you can expect from Canon:

  • Great Discouts on a massive range of Canon products (including cameras, lenses, printers & ink!)
  • Free delivery across Australia
  • 14 Day Piece of Mind offer
  • Access to unique sales and promotions.

Over 2014 Canon will be offering AAA members a great series of discounts, offers and promotions.

Check out the latest offer for AAA members for Christmas below.


It's Time To Visit Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2013


'Sculpure by the Sea' Bondi 2013 began last week on 24 October. Sydney's Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk has been transformed into a vast open air gallery. There's still time to visit as the exhbition closes Sunday 10 November.

This year is the 17th annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi and features 107 very diverse sculptures by artists from 14 countries including: China, Denmark, England, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, South Korea, Taiwan and the USA.

'Coral' assembled by the 'Coral Collective' which consists of AAA supporters Lindy Atkin and Steve Guthrie of Bark Lab (Bark Design Architects), in collaboration with Michael Dickson of UQ and Glenn Cunningham of Humphrey and Edwards Architects, is featured in this year's collection.

With an estimated 450,000-500,000 visitors expected to visit this year's exhibition, organisers are encouraging people to consider public transport options or parking at Bondi Junction and walking or catching the bus to the coastal walk. To help people move from one end of the coastal walk to the other without retracing their steps there is a weekend courtesy fleet, including boosters to help families. Click here for more information on public transport options.


Transforming Sydney's Bondi to Tamara coastal walk each Spring, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi began in 1997, as a one-day exhibition run by volunteers featuring works by 64 artists and attended by 25,000 visitors. Since then, the event has grown to include works from esteemed international artists and is now enjoyed by 450,000-500,000 visitors over three weeks.

Sculpture by the Sea is an international series of exhibitions presented at Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Western Australia from 7-24 March, 2014 and the City of Aarhus in Denmark under the Patronage of TRH Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark from 5 June - 5 July, 2015.



AAA At Home With the Architect


This month 'At Home With the Architect' showcases the house of designers George and Bridget Carone. Discover how they created a stylish and utilitarian home on a limited sized inner city residential block.

After 30 years of working in architectural practices and develpment companies, building designer George Carone and wife Bridget Dolan decided to start their own design business, Carone Dolan Design.

Bridget has a NIDA degree in Production Craft Properties and contributes with the interior component of projects, her experience with set design adding a different dimension when looking at interior spaces.

Carone Dolan Design currently undertake residential projects. Many of their commissions are from clients with small properties who have viewed their home and been amazed at the amount of space that can be achieved from a small amount of land.

House location: Queens Park
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird) / $40 (public) / $25 (members)
Time: 11am-1pm
Date: Sunday 27 October 2013

Numbers are limited so don't miss out! To book your place on the self drive tour click here.


  • Images: provided by Carone Dolan Design


Wiley Books Discount for 'All About Architecture' Readers


In October 'All About Architecture' readers once again receive a discount on a selection from Wiley's extensive range of design publications. Enjoy 20% off the latest AD publication 'Drawing Architecture' by Neil Spiller.

In the second decade of the 21st Century, the distinction between the digital and the analogue has become tired and inappropriate. This is also true in the world of architectural drawing where new and old media are morphing and hand drawing, paradoxically, is enjoying a renaissance, supported by the computer's graphic dexterity. This has produced a contemporary glut of stunning architectural representations that could rival the most recent outpouring of architectural vision in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Indeed there is much to learn by comparing the then and the now. The topic of this book will be to illustrate, discuss and disentangle the contemporary architectural drawing-its myths, its techniques and its ability to describe the new terrains of architecture, ecology and technology.

Click here to order your copy. Use the promo code DRWAD at checkout to receive your AAA discount.

Please note the 20% off 'Drawing Architecture' offer expires 31 October 2013.

Take A Walking Tour Of Goulburn's Victorian Architecture


Planning a trip to the historic city of Goulburn? There are some great guides now available on some of the Victorian architecture that graces its streets.

This year Goulburn celebrates its 150 year old status. In celebration Daphne Penalver, David Penalver and Linda Cooper collated together documents from the Manfred Collection held by the Goulburn and District Historical Society Inc. into a series of three guides on architecture by the Victorian architect Edmund Cooper Manfred.

Trained in Sydney under the colonial architect Edmund Blackett, Manfred set up his architecture and surveying practice in Goulburn in 1879. EC Manfred and later Manfred & Son operated until 1950 and had a lasting effect on how the cityscape was formed.

The first guide, 'EC Manfred - Architect and Surveyor, Goulburn' is 39 pages long and provides an overview of Manfred's life and architectural output. It's available for $27, which includes postage within Australia.


The second and third guides, 'A self-guided walking tour around Goulburn's Church Hill featuring the architecture of EC Manfred, a great Victorian architect' (27 pages) and 'Self-guided walking tour of Goulburn's West End featuring the architecture of EC Manfred, a great Victorian architect' (23 pages) will allow you to wander the lovely streets of Goulburn and discover it's architectural history. Both guides are available for $9 each, which includes postage within Australia.

To obtain a copy of these publications email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Provided by Daphne Penalver


Sunshine Coast AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour


Looking to escape the city over the October long weekend? We have the perfect option for you! The AAA is venturing interstate to the Sunshine Coast for it's next AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour on Saturday 5 October 2013.

Explore some sensational contemporary home design by some of the established and emerging architectural practices in Queensland, including such firms as Bark Design and Robinson Architects.

This is an all day bus tour which includes lunch, commentary and coach travel.

Tickets: $195 (public) / $170 (AAA Members)

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

As it is also a long weekend in Queensland the AAA recommends you book your accommodation and flights now! Consider flying into Brisbane and driving up to Noosa (it's only a little over an hour from Brisbane) and will give you more options on flights.


  • Image: provided by Bark Design, practice studio in Tinbeerwah.


AAA At Home With the Architect


This month 'At Home With the Architect' showcases the family home of architect and builder Drew Heath. Referred to as 'Tir na nOg', this unconventional house won the 2013 Wilkinson Award, the highest honour for residential architecture awarded by the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Inspired by a trip to the ancient overgrown ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Heath's design layers together the built elements of the original workers cottage, a new open plan pavilion extension and a connection to the landscape.

Drew Heath trained in architecture at the University of Tasmania and designed and built a number of projects in his home state. He then moved to Sydney and worked in the studio of Sam Marshall Architects before starting his own architecture practice.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience a house that has really created a buzz. It has been featured in numerous online publications, in newspapers, on radio and recently on TV.

House Location: McMahons Point
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members)
Time: 11am-1pm
Date: Sunday 29 September 2013

Numbers are limited - don't miss out! To book your place on the self drive tour click here.

August AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour


Warm weather and clear blue skies heralded in a perfect day for participants to enjoy the AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour on Saturday 17 August. On the itinerary for the day were five very different architect designed houses that ranged greatly in style and budget.

The tour began in Tamarama with a renovation designed by David Langston-Jones of a 1919 Federation Style semi-detached house. The brief for the project called for the provision of a bachelor studio at the rear of the property, allowing the front portion of the house to be converted into a second residence.


The studio was built within the portion of the house that formerly housed the living room, kitchen, bathroom and laundry. The floor of this section of the residence was dropped to provide better access to the ground level of the rear garden and the ceiling over the whole space was raked to the underside of the existing roof line giving the open plan a greater sense of expansiveness.

A new projecting corrugated iron-clad bay on the east elevation of the house faces onto the rear garden. It houses bookshelves, a fireplace and media centre, as well as a long slot window between the fireplace and television which frames a view of the garden for someone seated inside. The low position of the window gives the studio privacy from adjoining overlooking apartments. Glass doors on either end of the bay provide access to the garden and natural light for the living space.


The sleeping zone is elevated in a loft behind the kitchen and sits above a new bathroom. Clever use of materials kept the budget modest. Corrugated iron lines the ceiling, kitchen splashback and bathroom wet areas. Plywood is utilised to line portions of the ceiling and walls of the wet areas and provides a sense of warmth in joinery units in the sleeping loft and kitchen. Primary colours and black painted onto the stairs and bay joinery add a sense of drama and playfulness to the atmosphere of the studio.

Our second house for the day, the 'T House' completed in 2013, was designed by Marston Architects and is located in Northbridge.


The long rectangular gently sloping property has close adjoining neighbouring houses and the creation of a sense of privacy for the family of four was an important issue that needed to be addressed in the design.

On the street face, the house is two storey and the bulk of the house was designed to sit sympathetically with the height and depth of the adjoining neighbours. All the private spaces such as bedrooms and service spaces such as bathrooms, are concentrated within the two storey zone. Large expanses of glass are orientated to the street face and rear of the property to avoid viewing neighbours. Exterior metal venetians line these windows to provide the ability to increase privacy and control sunlight.


Located at the centre of the street facade is the entry which opens onto a double height foyer that views through a large plate glass window onto a courtyard garden and frames views beyond of the rear garden. Directly to the left of the entry is an open tread stair up to the second level and this lines up with a long straight circulation corridor that leads down the rear of the house containing two one storey pavilions that house an open plan kitchen / dining / living space and beyond an entertainment room.

A continuing theme of connectedness with the exterior can be seen throughout the work of Marston Architects and is evident in the 'T House'. The circulation corridor is lined with large sliding doors that retract back to open all the living and entertainment spaces onto the garden. An expansive pergola covered area adjoining the living pavilion blurs the line between inside and outside and creates a lovely outdoor entertaining area surrounded by garden and views upon the inbuilt pool.

Third house for the day, designed by Melocco Moore Architects, is located in Kirribilli and involved renovations and additions to an existing 1906 semi-detached terrace designed by John Bucham Clamp.


With surrounding apartment blocks overviewing the property and its green spaces, the creation of privacy was an important issue to address. Further difficulties of the site were a lack of direct connection to exterior spaces and a lack of bedrooms for the growing family.

Melocco Moore Architects solved the dilemmas of the brief with the clever placement of a three storey zinc topped 'tower' addition on the rear corner of the property. This created two outdoor courtyard gardens and serves to block views from the apartments into these spaces and the original house. The level of the side courtyard was raised to allow direct access from the renovated ground level kitchen and new living space contained at the same level within the tower.


On the top floor of the tower is a large shared bedroom for two of the children. An inset high level window wraps around the room letting in abundant natural light and the room overhang blocks direct views down into the room. Below the windows are extensive inbuilt drawers that provide ample storage for the childrens collections of books and toys.

At basement level of the tower is a playroom which accesses directly onto the second rear courtyard. The children's bathroom and laundry are also housed on this level. Inside the original part of the residence, refurbishments were made to create a seamless, sophisticated and comfortable family home that nicely showcases the families collection of artefacts and artworks.

After experiencing three such diverse styles of house design it was time to take a break at the Oaks Hotel for lunch, relax in the sunlight filled and chat with fellow tour participants.


Fourth house of the day located in Kirribilli was designed by Jorge Hrdina Architects. The original Queen Anne style Federation dwelling on the site was the childhood home of famous artist Grace Cossington Smith. Over the years numerous alterations and additions had left the house with little of its original features. Jorge Hrdina Architects' design proposed the residence be modified to bring exteriors back to a form more closely resembling the original style of the property.


The original residence interiors were lavishly refurbished and house the main entrance, entry corridor accessing a home office and laundry, centralised reception space, with access to a guest WC and an expansive open plan dining / living and entertainers kitchen. This section of the residence acts as the 'public' part of the design, where the owner, Andrew, can entertain guests. All the entertainment spaces access the front wrap around verandah through glazed french doors and view out to the landscaped front garden and inground swimming pool, which sits above a new garage on the street face.


A two storey contemporary pavilion addition replaced a vastly modified service wing at the rear of the house. The style of the extension recalls the organic architecture of early twentieth century architect Frank Lloyd Wright in its use of timber, natural stone and glass. This part of the residence acts as the 'private' zone, housing at ground floor an informal sitting room accessing through a large cavity slider to the master bedroom and ensuite. Both spaces open onto a private side courtyard which also links to the exterior entry to the kitchen. A laminated glass staircase off the informal living space accesses the second level of the pavilion, which houses guest bedrooms and bathrooms.

Alas all good things must come to an end! Our final house of the tour was the recent winner of the NSW Australian Institute of Architects Wilkinson Award, the highest honor awarded for residential architecture in NSW. Designed by Drew Heath as his own family residence, this unconventional renovation of a brick cottage and addition of a very contemporary pavilion is located in McMahons Point.


Heath's design of 'Tir na nOg' was inspired by a trip to the ancient overgrown ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. It layers together the built elements of the original workers cottage and a new open plan pavilion. The property is surrounded on three sides by roadways. To provide a sense of privacy and connection to the landscape, the cottage and pavilion are pulled apart between a central sunken courtyard and linked by an open covered walkway which also accesses to raised garden beds and outdoor bathroom and laundry spaces.


Within the workers cottage is housed bedrooms, a living room and bathroom. A wall of storage cupboards lining the entry corridor hides timber treads up into the roof space where an office / sleep space is concealed. Exiting the cottage down covered stairs is the central courtyard and walkway over to the pavilion which has a compact open plan kitchen / dining / sitting area which exits through the rear to the street and a small side courtyard. A loft level contains a sun drenched library office.

Throughout the house cleverly designed timber joinery and linings, along with abundant access to natural northern light gives the house a sense of warmth. The incorporation of quirky elements like the embossed wallpaper pattern used on the formwork of parts of the exposed concrete construction, add real visual interest to the spaces.

The Australian Architecture Association would like to thank the architects for explaining their designs and their hospitable clients for welcoming tour participants into their homes. A great day was had by all!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photo 1: The 'T House' by Marston Architects
  • Photos 2 & 3: David Langston-Jones / View of the studio living space.
  • Photos 4 & 5: View of the studio kitchen and stairs up to the sleeping loft / View of the bay joinery and slot window.
  • Photos 6 & 7: Vivianne Marston / View from the first floor stairwell to the living pavilion at the rear of the residence.
  • Photos 8 & 9: View of the house from the garden / View of the dining space.
  • Photos 10 & 11: Phil Moore / View of the 'Tower' Addition.
  • Photos 12 & 13: View of the kitchen / View of the children's bathroom.
  • Photo 14: Tour participants enjoy the sunlight and lunch at the Oaks Hotel.
  • Photos 15 & 16: View of the front of the original Kirribilli Residence / View of the rear addition.
  • Photos 17 & 18: Owner, Andrew, shows tour participants the private courtyard next to the new addition / View of the kitchen and
  • private courtyard beyond.
  • Photos 19 & 20: Drew Heath / View of the pavilion addition.
  • Photos 21 & 22: View of the rear of the original residence / View of the exterior bathroom.


AAA Takes Part in the Sydney Architecture Festival


The Sydney Architecture Festival (SAF) 2013 starts today and will continue until Sunday 10 November. The ideal way to explore this year's theme of "Your Community, Your City" is to enjoy one of the AAA's architectural walking tours, taking place over the duration of the festival.


Discover some of the key buildings in the city centre on the 'Sydney City Walk', or experience some of the city's rich collection of iconic buildings on the 'Twilight Walk'. Explore Sydney's oldest suburb on 'The Rocks Walk', or rove further afield and delight in a garden suburb on the 'Castlecrag Walking Tour'. Perhaps you just want to gain an overview of how architecture and the city have developed over 200 years during the 'Walk Through Time' tour.

Sydney City Walk Dates:
Saturday 2 November - click here to book. 
Saturday 9 November - click here to book.

Twilight Walk Dates:
Wednesday 6 November - click here to book.

The Rocks Walk Dates:
Saturday 9 November - click here to book.

The Castlecrag Walk Dates:
Saturday 2 November - click here to book.

Walk Through Time Dates:
Saturday 2 November - click here to book. 
Thursday 7 November - click here to book.

The Sydney Architecture Festival is Australias' largest public celebration of architecture. With more than 60 events, 2013 SAF brings an explosion of architectural activity to Sydney and its suburbs including; guided architectural tours; architectural talks and symposiums; open houses; public installations; exhibitions; and children's activities.

The 2013 curatorial theme is designed to encourage Sydneys' residents of all ages and backgrounds - along with members of the architecture and design community - to actively engage and interact with their local architecture and built environment.

Check out the programme and create your own exploration of architecture!

Click here to visit the Sydney Architecture Festival website.


Did you know that members of the Australian Architecture Association can go on any walk and as many times as they like, all for free?!

We currently have a great offer on memberships for 2014 at our 'Keep Architecture Open' operations fund raising campaign. Don't miss out on this great discount.

Be quick, the offer ends 12.00pm EST on Tuesday 19 November 2013.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Logo: Sydney Architecture Festival logo supplied by SAF 2013
  • Photograph: AAA Volunteer and architect, Ben Gerstel on the Castlecrag Walk
  • Photographer: Annette Dearing


Living, Working, Hubbing - Growing In the City


We are a mobile lot, never mind from using the latest technology but also from the pressures and joys of living life today. After a busy few weeks going to seminars on work-life and workplace design (office is too restricting a term these days), Sydney Indesign workshops and open showrooms (as, of course, also happens in different years in Melbourne, Brisbane and Singapore), and hearing architects talk, about reducing capital expenditure because everyone leaves their current job if at all dissatisfied and simply moves onto the next job or finite project, it is easy to think we are all in free-flow, flexible, energetic and ready-for-action at any time or place.

Yet, we are also looking for the opposite mode, where we Communicate (with a capital C), Engage and Collaborate in Conversations that foster Community and Intimacy between each other and within companies and businesses. Many speakers urged the need to change 'corporate culture' to allow flexible, activity based work, with spaces for quiet study, others for boisterous team discussions, client meetings and the vital nodes of cafe and kitchen.

How to mix the potentially impersonal transient form of work with personal interactions is generating different workplaces with their own personalities. Visits to co-working hubs in Sydney's CBD, inner-city, inner-west and further afield, in the Southern Highlands, show that while they were all centrally located in their areas, room layout, size, heating and lighting, number of people they cater for, fee structure, heritage, fit out, access to showers (and bicycles), hours open, plants and furniture, for example, varied tremedously.

Melbourne Design Hub founder and CEO, Brad Krauskopf, a self-described social innovator and entrepreneur (that hub has over 700 members), is proud that the Sydney Hub involved hubbites in designing the space, from early meetings onwards, emphasising the need to connect people in a phrase I heard somewhere along the line, 'to leverage social capital not financial capital'.

Even our vegetation is flexible, UTS and the Powerhouse Museum's Edible Walls propped up the cafe, encouraging us to grow our own herbs and veggies vertically in planter boxes attached to pallets. For some reason, for me, this linked well with the surge in pop-up food trucks, there for an event only, temporary, convenient, authentic.

I was editor of BVN Donovan Hill's 'Transformative: the Architecture of Work Culture', which meant I went to informal meetings on their enticing verandah, with its great views, roomy armchairs, comfy cushions, and interplay of people and food, gathering as teams or concentrating on their own over a laptop. It is conducive to free-flowing ideas, whether you agree with them or not.

Anyone who is, or aspires to become, an entrepreneur has to take risks; failure is something to learn from and not fear is a start-up company maxim. UTS Executive Eduction at UTS Business School asked, can large companies behave like start-ups? To do so, they need passion, energy and confidence, prioritising the human dimension, challenging conventions and hierarchies and striving to innovate and survive rather than protect what they have. This needs a major, but not insurmountable, cultural and behavioural change and fits the mobility zeitgeist.

Photographer and artist Louise Hawson's 52 Suburbs in Sydney exhibition a couple of years ago was very popular. She has gone further afield, searching out 52 'unsung' suburbs around the world (Museum of Sydney until November 24). There are 10 countries and 14 cities, and she again uses the traditional diptych form, juxtaposing colour and geometry, thriving on temples, parks, sport, music, clothes, streets, apartment block facades, and young and old faces, staring at the camera, ordinary people, not celebrities, willing her to photograph them.

I know the picture of two old women crossing a narrow, crowded road in Kowloon's Sham Shui Po, it took me right back to my first ever Sunday in Hong Kong in 1978 when I had my first yum cha, first ball soup and first fried intestine. These particularities of a place layer history and memory and personality, and perhaps point to what we are looking for in the less restrictive workplaces that are reshaping our working lives.


  • Article: Deborah Singerman
  • Image: Collage by Vanessa Couzens


Wiley Books Discount for 'All About Architecture' Readers


In September 'All About Architecture' readers once again receive a discount on a selection from Wiley's extensive range of design publications. Enjoy 20% off the third edition of 'The Landscape Lighting Book' by award-winning, internationally known lighting desiger Janet Lennox Moyer.

This richly illustrated, up-to-date guide offers practical coverage of all aspects of lighting design. It covers lighting practices, materials. and their design applications and offers guidelines for preparing lighting drawings, control and transfer charts, symbol lists, and other technical specifications. This edition provides a new focus on the use of LEDs, as well as new and expanded coverage of renderings, Mesopic Vision, and the latest controls approaches and systems.

Click here to order your copy. Use the promo code LIGHT at checkout to receive your AAA discount.

Grand Designs: An Evening With Kevin McCloud

Kevin McCloud is a supreme storyteller and this is the first ever opportunity for Australian fans to see him live on stage; hear the stories and relive the tears and laughter as Kevin recalls grand dreams becoming a reality.


The international hit television show Grand Designs will be in the spotlight as Kevin shares stories, anecdotes and inspiring footage from the much-loved television series. The best and worst builds, the relationships under pressure, the episodes that never happened and Kevin's unique take on those that did.

In this premiere two hour event Kevin will look back on the architectural and human stories that have most fascinated him over his long involvement with the show; examining the challenges and pitfalls of designing and building your dream home. For 14 years he has commented from the sidelines as he watched self-builders follow their dreams. Now he will reveal what he has really been thinking, and what happened after the film crews moved on.

An Evening With Kevin McCloud puts great design - and Grand Designs - under the microscope.

Audiences will have a chance to question Kevin McCloud, and be entertained as he talks about his passion for architecture, great design, his fascination with how we live, and his own attempts, through his company HAB, to improve the quality of affordable housing.

Kevin McCloud said:

'Australia is an extraordinary place where I feel very welcome. So I'm looking forward to returning in October for two very special and quite different events.

The first is the exhibition 'Grand Designs Live', staged in both Melbourne and Sydney which I'll be co-hosting with Peter Maddison. It really is Australia's finest lifestyle event dedicated to home renovation and design.

The second is my brand new Australian touring show 'An Evening With Kevin McCloud' which is, as it suggests, an evening with me and my exploits, from Grand Designs to my Shed to Mumbai to what happens when you try to build a house with toast. Come one, come all - they'll be some very poor music and some construction mayhem. No hard hat necessary. Hope to see you there.'

First on air in the UK in 1999 and on the ABC and Lifestyle Channel from 2005, Kevin McCloud and Grand Designs, have together, won a legion of fans across Australia.

Kevin McCloud, who studied at Cambridge, was a successful designer when he moved sideways into a TV career. He continues his work on Grand Designs with running a development company, HAB, which builds affordable but beautiful housing schemes. He is an ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund and a campaigner for One Planet Living principles, and campaigns for sustainable development and ecological construction. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects - although he's most proud of his fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, trees are his greatest passion.

Kevin Lives in Somerset in England and produces cider form his own orchard. His two ambitions remain to entertain and to make the built environment better - and consequently 'make people feel better'.

Do not miss this rare opportunity to be entertained and informed by the totally charismatic Kevin McCloud.

Grand Designs An Evening With Kevin McCloud - Australian Tour 2013 takes place on the following dates:

6.30pm Monday 28 October 2013: Melbourne, The Plenary MCEC
Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 139 588 or

8.00pm Tuesday 29 October: Sydney, State Theatre 
Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 139 588 or

7.30pm Wednesday 30 October: Brisbane, Lyric Theatre QPAC
Bookings: Qtix 136 246 or

8.00pm Thursday 31 October: Perth, Concert Hall
Bookings: Ticketek 1300 795 012 or

Grand Designs is a Talkback Thames production in the UK and a FremantleMedia Australia production in Australia. Grand Designs is represented by FremantleMedia Australia.

Grand Designs® is a trade mark of FremantleMedia Australia Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.

AAA At Home With the Architect


This month 'At Home With the Architect' takes a step back in time and celebrates Mid-Twentieth Century Modernism. Visit the Institute of Architects Sulman Award winning home built by architects Russell and Pamela Jack in 1957.

We've varied our usual program a little for this special event. Taking place on Saturday 24 August, we've specifically timed the visit to coincide with the Fifties Fair at Rose Seidler House, which takes place the following day.


Rusell and Pamela Jack's family home was inspired by the simplicity and craftsmanship of Japanese architecture and the philosophy of Organic Architecture, which integrated buildings sympathetically with its site and surroundings.

Our host for the afternoon will be interior designer and design lecturer Annalisa Capurro. She bought the house directly from Russell Jack four years ago and has kept the houses features intact. Her collection of original modernist decor complements the style of the residence.

This year Annalisa successfully lobbied to have the house listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. She is an expert on Mid-Twentieth Century design and is currently writing her masters thesis on the architecture of Russell Jack.

As this house is privately owned and not normally open to the public, you won't want to miss this out on an opportunity to explore this delightful home!

House Location: Wahroonga
Please note the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA Members)
Time: 11am - 1pm
Date: Saturday 24 August 2013

Numbers are limited so don't miss out! To book your place on the tour click here.

AAA Open House Bus Tour


Saturday 17 August is the day you'll want to keep free for the next AAA Open House: Residential Bus Tour. Enjoy a relaxing day of sight seeing, visiting some of Sydney's latest residences with the architects explaining their designs.

Don't miss out on an opportunity to experience some great award winning architecture across the inner east and inner north of Sydney. Over the day you will visit houses situated between Tamarama and Kirribili. You'll meet some of the clients, along with architects from practices such as Drew Heath ArchitectsJorge Hrdina Architects, David Langston-Jones, and Melocco Moore Architects.


This is an all day bus tour which includes lunch, commentary and coach travel.

Tickets: $195 (public) / $170 (AAA Members)
Tickets will sell out fast, so book now to learn how the designs evolved and be inspired!


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographs 1 & 2: Tamarama House images supplied by David Langston-Jones
  • Photographs 3 & 4: Kirribili House images supplied by Melocco Moore Architects
  • Photographs 5 & 6: Tir Na Og House images supplied by Drew Heath Architects (Photographer Brett Boardman)


Wiley Books Discount for 'All About Architecture' Readers


In August 'All About Architecture' readers once again enjoy 20% off a selection of Wiley's design books.

Once condemned by Modernism and compared to a 'crime' by Adolf Loos, ornament has made a spectacular return in contemporary architecture. Save 20% this month on the latest publication by AD 'Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity'.

The publication AD (Architectural Design) has been at the forefront of cultural thought and design since the 1960's. This latest offering promises to prove provocative and inspirational.

Click here to order your copy. Use the promo code ORNMT at checkout to receive your AAA discount.


AAA Takes Part in Art & About Sydney 2013


The Australian Architecture Association is once again taking part as an associated event with Art & About Sydney 2013.

Produced by the City of Sydney Events, the festival is now in its 12th year and its theme is 'private lives.... public places'.

From 20 September to 20 October, an extraordinary line-up of international and national artists will transform Sydney's streets, squares, parks and other unusual spaces with projects that encourage art lovers to go public with their secrets.


Discover the stories behind some of the permanent artworks adorning Sydney's public spaces on the Sculpture Walk with AAA Volunteer and designer Vanessa Couzens.

Location: Sydney CBD (starting at Australia Square)
Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm
Date: Saturday 12 October 2013
Tickets: $20.00 (public) / free (AAA Members)

Numbers are limited so don't miss out! Book your ticket by clicking here.

Explore the festival line-up by clicking here.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Logo: supplied by the City of Sydney
  • Image: 'Day In Day Out' by artist James Angus
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens


2003 AIA Regional Architecture Conference


The 2013 Reginal Architecture Conference, hosted by the Queensland Chapter, Australian Institute of Architects.

The inaugural Regional Architecture Conference will take place in Cairns QLD kicking off with the official opening party on Thursday 5 September, with conference sessions being held all day Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September 2013. This years conference theme is 'Spirit of Place' and seeks to excit and inspire the practice of architecture in regional Australia.

Speakers at the conference include:

Robert Morris-Nunn - Circa Morris Nunn Architects, Tasmania
Hua Li - Trace Architecture Office, China
Alice Hampson - Alice Hampson Architect, Queensland
Fernando Menis - Fernando Menis Architects, Spain
Thomas Bailey - Room 11, Tasmania
Jorge Gracia - Gracia Studio, USA/Mexico
Stuart Harrison - Harrison White Architects, Victoria
Kevin Law - Small Projects, Malaysia
Don Watson - State Library of Queensland, Brisbane
Bronwen Kerr and Pete Ritchie - Kerr Ritchie, New Zealand
Adrian Iredale - Iredale Pederson Hook Architects, Perth

Conference attendees will also be offered a range of associated tours and events exploring the locality of the Cairns region.

Register for the conference by visiting the Spirit of Place website by clicking here.

The Australian Institute of Architects acknowledges the generous support of Bluescope Steel, AWS, Bondor, Wood Solutions and Cairns Regional Council.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Logo: Supplied by the AIA
  • Image: Interior of Bark Design Architects studio, Tinbeerwah QLD


Sydney Living Museums Fifties Fair at Rose Seidler House


It's time to dress up in your vintage wear and enjoy a weekend celebrating all things Modernist!

Start your weekend off on Saturday 24 August with the AAA's special edition of 'At Home With the Architect', where we showcase the Mid-Twentieth Century Modernist house by architects Russell and Pamela Jack.

Follow up on Sunday with the Fifties Fair at Rose Seidler House.

Designed by the AAA's Founding Committee Member Harry Seidler, Rose Seidler House was designed for his parents and built between 1948-1950. This house created a sensation within the design community and had a lasting influence on the development of architecture in Australia.

The Sydney Living Museums Fifties Fair takes place from 10am - 4pm Sunday 25 August.

Tour Rose Seidler House and enjoy a day of vintage fashion, furniture, wares and live entertainment.

To secure your ticket to the fair click here.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image Source: Vaughan, J. (2010), "...IT Came From the 50's!", digital image, x-ray delta one - flickr, available: (acccessed 27 July 2013)


At Home with the Architect


The second AAA 'At Home With the Architect' offers another opportunity to experience another architect-designed house. The self drive tour takes place 11am-1pm Sunday 28 July. Featured this month is the residence of architects David Welsh and Christine Major.

Partners David Welsh and Christine Major established their architectural practice Welsh + Major Architects in Sydney in 2004. Their work has been recognised with several awards for design excellence from the Australian Institute of Architects, which include the Greenway Award for Heritage Architecture in 2009 and the inaugral Small Projects Award in 2008. The residence we feature this month received a Commendation for residential alterations and additions in 2004.


The work of the practice has been published both locally and internationally. The partners and architectural team of the practice are also actively involved in architectural education, having taught at the University of Technology Sydney, University of Newcastle, University of NSW and the University of Sydney.

The house will be open for two hours and David and Christine will be there to lead you through and talk about the design.

House Location: Forest Lodge
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11am-1pm
Date: Sunday 28 July
Tickets: $30 (earlybird) / $40 (public) / $25 (AAA members)

Don't miss out! To book your place on the tour click here.

CPD Talks: Inhouse Group 3 Offers a Special Discount for AAA Members


Thinking of selling your home? Or just looking to enliven the space you live or work in with a new artwork? Then keep the evening of Thursday 15 August free.

Inhouse Group 3 are offering a special discount to AAA members to attend two talks on the evening. Architects and designers will earn one continuing professional development (CPD) point for each talk.

The first talk will be 'Designing and Decorating Interiors for Sale'. This presentation will introduce what to do and what not to do when designing and decorating homes for sale. Over an hour, presenter Barry Goldman will highlight from his 40 years of experience as a real estate agent and licenced valuer, how to understand the market place, learn what things buyers look for in floor plan layout and what decor appeals to the market.

The second talk 'The Process of Commissioning Public Sculpture', will be presented by Todd Stuart a designer and sculptor represented by Soho Galleries. Over the hour you will gain an understanding of the process of commissioning sculpture and artworks, learn the steps involved in achieving the right result for both artwork and client and learn an appreciation for the merits of public artwork in the urban environment.

The program for the evening is below:
6.00-6.30pm: Light refreshments served
6.30-7.30pm: Presentation 'Designing and Decorating Homes for Sale'
7.30-7.40pm: Tea Break
7.40-8.40pm: Presentation 'The Process of Commissioning Public Sculpture'
Date: Thursday 15 August 2013
Where: ACTIU Showroom - Unit 5, 37-69 Union Street, Pyrmont
Tickets: $45.00 (public) / $35.00 (AAA Members)

To secure your place at the talks, click here.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens



Caroline Pidcock - Green Roofs and Walls Talk


Presented by the City of Sydney and the Powerhouse Museum, one of last years AAA series Women: Take On Design speakers, Caroline Pidcock, will take part in a conversation about sustainable design.

If you missed seeing her inspirational talk last year, don't miss seeing her during Sydney Design Week, when she takes part in the panel discussion Green Roofs and Walls.

Joining the panel are, Sacha Coles of ASPECT Studio, Professor Stuart White, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures and Lucy Sharman, Senior Project Officer, Green Roofs and Walls for the City of Sydney.

To secure your place at the talk click here.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Logo: Sydney Design supplied by the Powerhouse Museum


AAA Members and Supporters Win at the NSW AIA Awards


The 2013 Australian Institute of Architects NSW Architecture Awards were presented on the 27 June. The Australian Architecture Association congratulates it's NSW members and supporters whose work has been recognised with awards.

Congratulations to the AAA's founding corporate member Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT). Their project the Darling Harbour Quarter (in association with Aspect Studios, Lend Lease, E.G.O. Group and Davenport Campbell) was one of the top winners this year. The project has received multiple awards including the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design, the Sir Arthur G. Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture, the Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture and the City of Sydney Lord Mayor's Prize. They also received a commendation under the Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing awards for their project Little Bay.

Another founding corporate member BVN, now BVN Donovan Hill, won the John Verge Award for Interior Architecture for their project The Kinghorn Cancer Centre. They also received the Blacket Prize for regional architecture for the Charles Sturt University National Life Sciences Hub.

Corporate member Bates Smart won an Architecture Award in the Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing category for their project Iglu Central.

In the Residential Architecture - Houses (new) category, congratulations to AAA members Steve Koolloos of Marsh Cashman Koolloos Architects (MCK) for the Flipped House and Tony Chenchow of Chenchow Little Architects for Stewart House. Both firms received an Architecture Award.

AAA member Virginia Kerridge Architect won the Interior Architecture Award for her Lilyfield Warehouse.

Well done to former AAA volunteer Phillip Thalis. His firm Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects received a commendation for their project The Magestic, under the Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing wards, along with a Heritage Architecture commendation. In association with Laura Harding of Architecture Australia, the firm also received the Adrian Ashton Prize for Writing and Criticism.

Former AAA Committee members have also received awards. Richard Johnson's firm Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW) won the Robert Woodward Award for Small Project Architecture for the Art Gallery of NSW Forecourt Upgrade. Angelo Candalepas' firm Candalepas Associates won the Aaron Bolot Award for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing for their project 29-35 Prince Street, Cronulla.

Finally congratulations to AAA supporters Carter Williamson Architects. Their residence Cowshed House, recently featured on our May AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour, won a Residential Architecture Award - Houses (Alterations and Additions), a Sustainable Architecture Award and a Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture Commendation.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photograph: Cowshed House by Carter Williamson Architects.
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens


Wiley Books Discount for 'All About Architecture' Readers


All About Architecture readers enjoy 20% off a selection of Wiley's design books.

Take a stunning historical and visual tour through Melbourne, New York and into the world of Graffiti, with this unique collection of books on offer this month.

Click here to browse this months selection of titles.

Use the Promo code ARCH2 at checkout to receive your AAA discount.

AAA Committee Member Annalisa Capurro Talks At Marrickville Library


The Marrickville Library and History Services is presenting a talk on Mid-Century Modern architecture as a part of the Australian Institute of Architects 'Architecture On Show'.

Speaking about modernist design of the mid 1930s to the mid 1960s will be architect Bruce Eeles and AAA Committee Member, interior designer and educator Annalisa Capurro.


Time: 6pm for a 6.30pm start
Date: Wednesday 17 July 2013
Where: Marrickville Library - cnr Marrickville & Petersham Roads
Bookings: Phone (02) 9335 2173


  • Images: Mid-Century Modern Flier


AAA & Inhouse Group 3 Take Part in Sydney Design 2013


In the month of August the Powerhouse Museum will present Sydney Design. Taking place between Saturday 3 - Sunday 18 August, this years theme explores the question 'Can Design Save the World?'.

With over 75 exhibitions, workshops, talks, installations and tours, Sydney Design Week promises to be a great opportunity to experience how design affects our daily lives and gain an insight into the future.

During the festival the AAA will present a series of tours where you can learn how design can enrich our city. Our partners Inhouse Group 3 will also present a free talk.

Discover some of the key buildings of the city centre on the City Walk, or experience some of the city's rich collection of public art on the Sculpture Walk.


Explore Sydney's oldest suburb on The Rocks Walk, or rove further afield and delight in a garden suburb on the Castlecrag Walking Tour.

Perhaps you just want to gain an overview of how architecture and the city have developed over 200 years during the Walk Through Time tour. To celebrate our recent graduation of new volunteers for the Walk Through Time, we have an extra special discount on offer over August.

Visit our page on the Sydney Design website by clicking here.

During Sydney Design you also won't want to miss a special free talk by the AAA's partner Inhouse Group 3, called 'Design Vs. Style'.

Enjoy an evening with Alex Richie, Founder and Creative Director of international design company e-2 and "The Chair Maven", Alan Boyd, in a topical, entertaining and irreverent presentation on 'design' and 'style'.

To reserve your place at the talk click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Sydney Design Week Logo: Supplied by the Powerhouse Museum
  • Photograph: The sculpture 'Day In Day Out' by artist James Angus, at the green office building 1 Bligh.
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens



$10 off Walk Through Time


Starting from mid-July, AAA will be offering three "Walk Through Time" tours every month: one on a Saturday and two on Thursdays.  These new walks are made possible by three new volunteer tour leaders finishing our six-month training program.

Linda Bayer, Narelle Callanan and Doug Cooper will join Vincent Lam (see the team below) in leading this unique walk which showcases Sydney architecture chronologically.  Apart from learning the narratives we have been using in the past 8 years, the new volunteers have done a lot of research themselves to enrich the tour.


We start our journey by looking at Georgian and Victorian Architecture along Macquarie Street.  We will march down Martin Place and see 20th Century architecture before the second world war adopting architectural styles from the USA and Europe.  Finally, we will roam through Australian's first street, George Street, where many of our important post-war buildings are located and finish with contemporary architecture of the new millenium. Through these examples, you will see how different factors, such as technology, politics and economy shaped the development of our city and influenced the architectural styles through the years.

To celebrate the introduction of the expanded "Walk Through Time" program, we are offering $10 off this walk for full price tickets of $30 during July and August.  Just enter promotional code "FBTIME" when you book.  Also on top of the half price student tickets, we are now offering half price tickets for this walk to Seniors Card holders.

Don't miss out! Book now!

AAA Open House: At Home With the Architect


We see their work featured in the glossy magazines and on TV, yet have you ever wondered what the architects own homes are like? Now is the opportunity to find out!

The Australian Architecture Association is proud to announce a new addition to its AAA Open House series, 'At Home With the Architect'. On this self drive tour you'll get to experience the home of an architect.

The first 'At Home With the Architect' takes place on Sunday 30 June. Featured on the tour will be the residence of architect Sam Crawford.

Sam established Sam Crawford Architects in 1999 and mostly undertakes residential and community projects. The firm has been the recipient of numerous awards. including the Australian Timber Design Awards in 2002 and 2005 and the Waverley Design Award this year for a house in Bronte.


Sam's work has been widely published, nationally and internationally and he actively participates as a teacher for the next generation of designers through guest critique at NSW universities.

The house will be open for two hours and Sam will be there to lead you through and talk about the design.

House Location: Stanmore
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days directly preceding the tour.
Tickets: $30 (early bird discount) / $40 (public) / $ 25 (members)
Time: 11am-1pm
Date: Sunday 30 June 2013

Numbers are limited so don't miss out! Book your place on the self drive tour, click here.

Images: Supplied by Sam Crawford.

CPD Talk: Thermal Mass and Energy Efficient Design


On Thursday 20 June the AAAA, in association with InHouse Group 3, will host the CPD talk 'Thermal Mass and Energy Efficient Design'.

Discover the thermal performance of typical Australian construction techniques from research undertaken by the University of Newcastle over the last 10 years.

Learn about thermodynamic principles of thermal resistence and thermal mass.

Discover the thermal performance of various construction types including lightweight, brick veneer, cavity brick and reverse brick veneer.

Understand why R value alone does not predict the thermal comfort.

The talk will be presented by Cathy Ingliss, who holds the position of Group Research and Technical Manager for Brickworks and its companies, which include Austral Bricks, Austral Precast, Bristile Roofing and Austral Masonry. Cathy is responsible nationally for research and development of new products, technical matters and sustainability, including energy and carbon reporting.

The 'Thermal Mass and Energy Efficient Design' talk is perfect for design enthusiasts, as well as architects or designers looking to top up their continuing professional development (CPD) before 30 June.

Earn 1 formal CPD (1 GBCA Approved CPD) point by attending the seminar.

Tickets: $25 (public) / $15 (AAA members)
Presentation Duration: 1 hour
Time: 6pm light refreshments served, 6.30pm start of presentation.
Location and Parking Details: ACTIU Showroom, Unit 5, 37-69 Union Street, Pyrmont.

As a bonus, attendees receive a free magazine courtesy of media partner to InHouse Group 3, Trend Magazine.

To book your place at the talk click here.

  • Image: Five Dock Residence, designed by Neeson Murcutt
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

Save Over 30% on Castlecrag Walk 1


The Australian Architecture Association will have a stall at this years Castlecrag Community Fair. To coincide with the fair on Sunday 16 June, we are offering a $10 discount on the popular Castlecrag Walk 1.

Taking place between 11am-1pm, this walking tour is primarily in the Burley Griffin Estate and includes seeing some of Griffin and Nichol houses as well as wonderful examples of domestic architecture from some of the well-known and not so well known architects.

Come along and enjoy the two hour walk with our knowledgeble AAA guide, architect Ben Gerstel. Enjoy one of Sydney's most picturesque suburbs by the sparkling waters of Middle Cove, only 15 minutes drive from the CBD of Sydney.

We have limited numbers of the Castlecrag Fair special discount price of $20 and family ticket of $25. Don't miss out, book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour

On Saturday 18 May, the AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour set off for a day of architectural and gastronomic exploration within the inner east and inner west of Sydney. Viewed over the day were five architectural projects which were explained in detail by the architects who designed them as well as some of their clients.


First residence of the day was the Salgo Kitching House designed by Sam Crawford Architects. Located in Bronte, the renovations and additions to the residence were completed in 2012 and won the 2013 Waverley Design Award. The clients approached Sam Crawford Architects for advice about buying the property. Despite it's 'ugly duckling' appearance, the architects identified that the property had real merit in its orientation and features.

The virtually unrecognisable inter-war bungalow was built over the foundations of a colonial era sandstone house and stables. Additions at the rear of the house concealed an original sandstone wall in quite a state of disrepair.


The renovation involved the demolition of both the blocked up first floor verandah and labyrinth of additions at the back of the house. The remaining house was then bookended with new light weight construction additions with slab floors to provide thermal mass.

The street front addition has a wall of louvred glazing onto a new sitting / reading room. This space is enclosed by a butterfly roof that is designed to maximise the ingress of northern sunlight in winter and create louvered highlight windows onto the south, encouraging natural ventilation to cool the house in summer.


At the back of the house, a small garden space was created exposing the painstakingly restored boundary sandstone wall. This lovely feature and the adjoining heritage listed remains of a stable next door are now visible through windows and glazed bi-folding doors off the new rear addition.

This addition contains an open dining and kitchen space, along with a walk in pantry and laundry. The roof over this space is again orientated to provide highlight louvred windows for natural ventilation and flood the area with northern winter sunlight.

Within the retained section of the house a new ensuite was inserted and a section of hallway was widened to provide a skylit light well that doubles as entry for a new main bathroom.

At ground level to the street a basement room was converted into guest accommodation. A new generous window with fully retracting glazing opens the space out to the exteriors and northern daylight. The inbuilt bench seat inviting visitors to repose, supine in the sunlight.

Second house of the day was designed by the established Melbourne practice, David Edelman Architects.


The new three storey residence in Bellevue Hill was completed in 2013 and is sited on the property so that the bulk of the house is pushed towards the street face on the South.

Unlike its neighbours, the house is kept relatively modest in size. The reason for this was soon revealed. Upon entering the house from the eastern side through a generous pivoting entrance door, one enters into a large open plan living, dining, kitchen and sitting space. These are orientated toward the north and the space opens out into an expansive established tiered 'secret garden'.


Despite the close proximity and bulk of the neighbours, the house has cleverly located expanses of glazed walls and stacking sliding doors that face onto small courtyards on the east and west edges of the property. The walls of the adjoining properties are utilised to give these openings a sense of privacy and enclosure.

An open tread stair at the entry is an attractive element in the open living space and ascends up to the private areas of the house on the third level. This level is divided into two zones. To the north is the main bedroom with a generous walk-in robe, ensuite, balcony and adjoining retreat space, which enjoy views across the delightfull garden. To the south is the childrens zone containing a bathroom, bedroom and adjoining retreat space with views out across the treelined streets of Bellevue Hill.


A corridor open onto the stairs links the two zones and contains a clever inbuilt storage unit that doubles as the balustrade to the stairs. Downstairs from the entry is an entertainment space that doubles as guest facilities and access to the garage.

Third project of the day was an experience of a different kind of building typology, a commercial space designed by the Sydney firm Chenchow Little Architects.


Completed in 2012, the Bresic Whitney office in Darlinghurst called for the fitout of 840m2 to accommodate 70 staff. A major part of the brief for the project was to create a space that doubled as a gallery where the clients extensive collection of contemporary art could be displayed to its greatest advantage. The clients also wanted a space that reflected the egalitarian ethos of the company, so that there is no perceived hierachy in the spaces for directors and workers.


The dual entry into a main reception and secondary reception, act as both the zones for welcoming visitors as well as acting as gallery exhibition spaces for some of the art collection. Accessed from these spaces is a street like grid of circulation paths, delineated by use of a polished concrete floor finish. These paths lead the building users around the office between glass pavilion meeting / office spaces, two open plan workstation spaces, seminar / conference space and service spaces such as the kitchen / breakout area and toilets.

The open plan workstation spaces are like the open spaces of a city, hives of activity with greenery spilling up frames connected to the exposed ceilings and inbuilt park benches around the perimetre walls.


The glass pavilions interspersed along the circulation corridors can be closed off for privacy or left open to maintain perception of the overall office space. They also act as miniture galleries for groupings of the contemporary art collection.

The colour scheme is kept relatively neutral with the use of black and white wall surfaces and inbuilt joinery. However the whole space is invested with a sense of warmth through the use of timber flooring that also delineates the functional spaces from the circulation spaces. The neutrality of the colour scheme most importantly allows the splashes of colour from video art, light art, and two dimensional works to remain a central feature of the design scheme.

After enjoying three projects it was time to take a moment to mingle with fellow tour participants and enjoy a delicious meal at Kitchen By Mike in Rosebery.


Fortified by lunch and stimulating conversation, the residential tour continued onward to it's last two residences by the Sydney firm Carter Williamson Architects.

First of the two projects was the Upside-down, back to front house located in Rozelle.


Completed in 2012, this major renovation of a small victorian row house presented several challenges to a redesign. Closely adjoined by neighbouring houses, the site is only 4.5m wide and slopes over two storeys from the street front address to a rear laneway. Entry to the house was originally through the upper storey, containing two bedrooms which connected downstairs to a dark lounge room, kitchen and shed fronting onto the laneway.


The clients brief to Carter Williamson was to create the maximum amount of useable space, whilst creating a greater sense of connection to the exteriors and natural light.

To solve this dilemma the house has been inverted, so that the main entrance to the property occurs at the rear laneway. Facing onto the lane is a single garage and access door to a stairway up to an open courtyard. This open space divides the property in two, with a flexible guest studio / bathroom / entertainment pavilion built over the garage and the main house located on the opposite side.

At courtyard level full height large bi-folding steel and glass doors are utilised 'disolve' the walls on both the pavilion and house to open up both areas into one expansive area to be enjoyed for entertaining and play.

The open sitting, dining and kitchen area on the lower floor of the house are orientated onto the courtyard. Off the street face a light well gives the kitchen borrowed natural light and attractive green space.


Ascending the stairs which have been made into a feature of the space, one enters the upper storey. This area is split into two zones split apart by a light well that filters natural light down to the kitchen and dining areas. Two rooms for the children and a main bathroom are located to the rear of the house and the main bedroom sits orientated onto the street face. Within this room concealed behind inbuilt joinery is a narrow stair up an attic ensuite. This has been cleverly concealed within a pleasing curved ceiling above one of the childrens rooms and the main bedroom. A sense of warmth is added to the neutral colour schemes of the two rooms by lining the curved ceiling with a timber finish.

Our final residence by Carter Williamson Architects, was the Cowshed House in Forest Lodge, also completed in 2012.


The residence is located on the corner of two narrow streets and literally utilises the original structure of an old brick cow shed.

Fashioned on the idea of a Roman courtyard house, a large street front pivoting entry door leads the visitor into a north facing open courtyard, with the L-shaped house built out to the perimeter of the properties boundaries on the south and east. A small courtyard was created on the southeast corner to retain a mature Jacaranda tree.

The east wing of the house contains bathroom and utility space bookended between a bedroom facing onto the southeast courtyard, and a home office / workroom facing onto the northern courtyard.


The southern wing is enclosed by an expansive raking ceiling that contains the living, dining, kitchen and stair up to a loft main bedroom, with concealed ensuite. This large open area makes a feature of the original brick cowshed walls giving the room real character.

With a limited budget for construction, materials for the house have been kept modest. Floors are polished concrete at ground level, walls are lined by screw fixed cement sheeting panels, structural timber framing for the loft and ceilings are left exposed and services like electrical wiring cable trays are left exposed to become an industrial style feature. Only the kitchen is finished to a high level, along with the timber glazed doors and high level windows.


As the sun set on a perfect day of blue skies, stimulating design and amenable company, it was with reluctance that our tour finally drew to a close.

The Australian Architecture Association would like to sincerely thank Sam Crawford, David Edelman, Tony Chenchow, Stephanie Little and Shaun Carter, along with their wonderful clients who so graciously opened their homes and business to us.


  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographs: Vanessa Couzens
    Image 1 (email): Sam Crawford Architects - Kitchen in Salgo Kitching House, Bronte
    Image 2-10: Sam Crawford Architects - Salgo Kitching House, Bronte
    Image 11-19: David Edelman Architects - Bellevue Hill Residence
    Images 20-29: Chenchow Little Architects - Bresic Whitney, Darlinghurst
    Images 30-31: Tour Participants at enjoying lunch at Kitchen By Mike, Rosebery
    Images 32-40: Carter Williamson Architects - Upside-down, back to front house, Rozelle
    Images 41-49: Carter Williamson Architects - Cowshed House, Forest Lodge


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Save over 30% on Castlecrag Walk



To coincide with the Castlecrag Fair on Sunday 16th June, we are offering $10 discount on the popular Castlecrag Walk 1 on the day.

This walking tour is primarily in the Burley Griffin Estate and includes seeing some of Griffin and Nichol houses as well as wonderful examples of domestic architecture from some of the well-known and not so well-known architects.

Come along and enjoy a 2 hour walk with a knowledgeable AAA tour guide, in one of Sydney's most picturesque suburbs, perched on a rocky peninsula surrounded by the sparkling waters of Middle Cove, only 15 minutes from the CBD of Sydney.

Castlecrag Fair Special discounted price $20 and Family ticket $25. Don't miss out, book now !

A Journey to Shakespeare eClassroom Talk


For those of you unfortunate enough to miss out on last years AAA Special talk by Julian Lipscombe, Director of UK based firm Bennetts Associates Architects, you can now listen to this inspiring speaker on eClassroom and acquire CPD points.

For an overview of his talk click here to visit our May 2012 'All About Architecture'.

In September 2012 AAA Board members Annette Dearing and Vanessa Couzens undertook an architectural odyssey across Europe. Visiting architecture (both old and new) across Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain and England, the journey would not have been complete without visiting the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) in Stratford-upon-Avon, which is north-west of London.

Bennetts Associates Architects won the national design competition for the redevelopment of building and it was completed in 2010. Julian Lipscombe kindly agreed to meet us there and show us around this impressive project undertaken by his firm.


One of the most striking impressions from our visit to the redevelopment is its understated sympathy to the architectural features of the existing buildings. Bennetts Associates' interventions mesh together the formerly disparate styles of the original Victorian Shakespeare Memorial Theatre completed in 1897 (the shell of which houses the Swan Theatre completed in 1989) and a second Art Deco theatre space (The Royal Shakespeare Theatre) by English architect, Elizabeth Scott, completed in 1932.


A new corner tower provides the complex with a formal destination for entry and gives a great view of the surrounding town and countryside.


This leads the visitor into a generous linking lobby / corridor between the theatres, that once had separate entries. The corridor / lobby also spills out into the grounds to provide new outdoor performance areas.

The secondary role of the corridor / lobby is in providing functional access to the backend operations for delivery and movement of sets between the two theatres.


The Royal Shakespeare Theatre housed in the Elizabeth Scott extension was completely refigured from its ‘cinema style' proscenium stage into a compact drum formation with a thrust stage. While experiencing the existing and reconfigured theatre, Annette and Vanessa enjoyed a sneak preview of rehearsals and got to experience the operations of the theatres first hand.


After a satisfying morning of architectural exploration, Annette, Vanessa and Julian adjourned to the RST Rooftop Restaurant to enjoy some culinary edification! Within the restaurant, elements salvaged from the redevelopment have been utilised to provide visual interest to the decor.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographs: Vanessa Couzens

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In Memory of Karl Ludwig


The Australian Architecture Association would like to extend their deepest condolences to Pamela, life partner of Karl Ludwig who sadly passed away last month.

A memorial was held to celebrate Karl's life on Tuesday 23 April. Annette Dearing, Vanessa Couzens and Vincent Lam attended as representatives of the AAA.

Karl and Pamela have been active supporters and members of the AAA since the early days of our organisation. Over the years they have attended virtually all of our walks, a host of our program of special events, AGMs and their more recent favourite activity the Residential Bus Tours.

We've only known Karl (better known as 'Woog') in his retirement years, so it was a privilege for us to be able to learn more about his youth and working years from remembrances on the day from his family, work colleagues and friends.

Karl was an active man who throughout his life was involved in sporting activities such as bicycle racing, competitive squash and running.

He worked for thirty-six years as a Specialist Callibration Technician for the former Electricity Commission of NSW. His fascination for all things electrical and mechanical expressed itself in his leisure hours in his passion for rebuilding cars, from MG's through to Jags.

Karl and Pamela also travelled extensively over their years together, often off the beaten track. For all who knew him through the AAA we will greatly miss his intriguing stories of his latest adventures travelling the world and around Australia. His shear breath of knowledge about, art, design and architecture was impressive.

The memorial of Karl's life reinforced that he was a man of quiet intelligence with an infinite sense of curiosity about the world around around him. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him.

  • Image: provided by Pamela Ludwig


AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour


The next AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour takes place this month on Saturday 18 May. Don't miss out on an opportunity to experience some great architect designed houses across the inner east and inner west of Sydney.


Over the day you will visit houses and one commercial project, situated between Bellevue Hill and Rozelle. You'll meet some of the clients, along with the architects from practices such as Carter Williamson Architects, Chenchow Little Architects, David Edelman Architects and Sam Crawford Architects.

This is an all day bus tour which includes lunch, commentary and coach travel.

Tickets: $195 (Public) / $175 (AAA Members)

Tickets will sell out fast, so book now to learn how the designs evolved and be inspired!

Click here to secure your place.

  • Photographs:
    Images 1 & 2: Bronte House (s
    upplied by Sam Crawford Architects)
    Image 3: Bresic Whitney (photograph by Katherin Lu, supplied by Chenchow Little Architects)


CPD Talks Series: Energy Efficient Lighting Controls


Are you Interested in developing your understanding of energy efficient lighting and lighting controls? On Thursday 30 May 2013 the AAA in association with InHouse Group 3 will be running the first of it's CPD Talks series for 2013.

In a typical office lighting accounts for 15-20 percent1 of energy used. In the average home lighting contributes to around 7 percent2 of the total energy used. Selecting appropriate energy efficient lighting and light controls makes good sense for reducing the costs of lighting buildings and reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.

Presented by Shane McIntosh (Director at CP Electronics Australia), who has 40 years experience in the electrical/data communications industry, this CPD talk will focus on the importance of efficient design with regard to lighting control.

You will gain an understanding of lighting controls both simple and more complex and be able to understand industry terminology for dimming commercial lighting. You will learn about when automated lighting control is required and the benefits.

The Energy Efficient Lighting Controls talk is also perfect for architects or designers looking to top up their continuing professional development (CPD) before 30 June. Earn 1 CPD point by attending the seminar.

Tickets: $25 (public) / $15 (AAA members)
Presentation Duration: 1 Hour (1 Formal CPD Point)
Time: 6pm Light refreshments served. 6.30pm start of presentation.
Location & Parking Details: ACTIU Showroom, Unit 5, 37-69 Union Street, Pyrmont

To book your place on Thursday 30 May click here.

  • Image: Rodriguez, W. (2007), Fluorescent light bulbs, digital image, Wikimedia Commons, accessed 5 May 2013, available
  • Notes:
  • 1. Energy Efficiency Fact Sheet: Lighting (2008), Origin Energy, accessed 5 May 2013, available
  • 2. Technical Manual: Design for lifestyle and the future - 6.1 Energy Use, Home energy use (Baseline Energy Estimates, 2008), fact sheet, About Your Home, accessed 5 May 2013, available



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Published Art Bookshop Discount

Published Art has some great Architecture books to tempt AAA readers with this month. With a 10% discount on offer to AAA subscribers of 'All About Architecture', why not check out their latest suggestions below.


Public Sydney Drawing the City by long time supporters of the AAA, Philip Thalis and Peter John Cantrill, celebrates the public buildings, rooms and spaces of central Sydney through the use of exquisite scale drawings. The book presents almost 100 of the city's most important public places in plan, cross-section and elevation, supported by images, and provides an overview of their evolution.

Accompanying essays from leading architects, landscape architects, historians and academics offer keen insights into the city's underlying geography, urban character and most recognisable and well-loved public elements.
Public Sydney was co-published with Content, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, and was part funded by the HHT Members. Normally retailing at $95.00, AAA 'All About Architecture' subscribers get a 10% discount ($85.50).

In the new edition of Living In Australia by Robin Boyd and Mark Strizic, architect Robin Boyd describes his own approach to design and his vision for Australian housing - housing that is appropriate to our lifestyle, environment, climate and culture.

Originally published in 1970, this new edition includes recent colour photographs by John Gollings and essays by renowned architects Kerstin Thompson and Rachel Neeson reflecting upon the importance of Boyd's work and its continuing relevance. This book is deemed to be Boyd's design manifesto as he articulates his design principles and uses his own buildings to illustrate his design approach.

Described by Professor Philip Goad as "Boyd's most important book", since it is the only one of his nine published books where he writes about his own work. In the absence of a published monograph of Boyd's work, this book provides an excellent introduction to the work of one of Australia's most significant and influential architects. Normally retailing at $59.95, it's only $53.95 with your AAA discount.


Kerry Hill: Crafting Modernism by Geoffrey London explores the work of the Singapore-based practice with a second office in Fremantle, Western Australia. Kerry Hill has received a number of distinguished design awards including the inaugural Kenneth F. Brown Asia Pacific Culture and Architecture Design Award in 1995 and the 2001 Aga Khan Award three times, was a joint winner in 2003 of the RAIA Robin Boyd Award for Residential Buildings and, in 2006, won the most prestigious award offered by his peers, the Gold Medal of the Australian Institute of Architects. In 2010 Kerry Hill received the Singapore Designer of the Year Award.

The book comprises a number of thematic essays developed from recurring themes within the practice, based around a small group of objects. The book concludes with a substantial illustrated chronology of the practice's work. Normally retailing at $70.00, it's only $63.00 with your AAA discount.

To redeem your discount on the stores extensive range of art, design, photography and architecture publications, when buying in-store, don't forget to tell them you are an Australian Architecture Association subscriber. If you plan to buy online, you will also need to email Published Art: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and outline the details of your purchase so that the 10% discount can be redeemed during the billing process. Again tell the helpful staff that you are an Australian Architecture Association subscriber.

  • Article: by Vanessa Couzens and Published Art
  • Images: provided by Published Art

Workshop - Transform: Altering the Future of Architecture

Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture, together with the University of Melbourne are holding a one day workshop called Transform: Altering the Future of Architecture on 30 May 2013.

1304c1Transform: Altering the Future of Architecture brings together architectural researchers, practitioners (understood in the widest sense) and workplace experts to discuss strategies for change.

Come along to spend the day with some fantastic thinkers, researchers and architects, and add your voice to the discussion about gender, agency and remaking the profession.

When: 9 am - 5.30 pm, Thursday, 30 May, 2013.

Where: Spring Street Conference Centre, Mezzanine Level, 1 Spring Street (Shell Building), Melbourne.

Numbers are limited, so bookings are essential.
Cost: $65, concessions $40.

  • Article: Parlour
  • Images: supplied by Parlour

Bookings: Click here

To learn more about the event visit the Parlour website.

Transform is a fringe event for 'Material', the Australian Institute of Architects National Conference, and is eligible for formal CPD points.

MacCormick & Associates Architects win Mosman Design Awards

Congratulations to AAA volunteer Michael MacCormick, principal of the firm MacCormick & Associates Architects on his recent wins in the 2013 Mosman Design Award Competition.

Bantry Bay House has won two awards, the Excellence in the Built Environment Award and the Peoples Choice Award.

The luxury residence, designed and constructed from 2006-2012 is built on a steeply sloped site with expansive views down Middle Harbour.


At the edge of a shear sandstone rock face on the street front, a curved drive navigates up the site to the lowest level of the house which contains spaces such as the garage and home office. The home office adjoins the side of a raised pool with glazed panels viewing into the waters of the pool. A green roof over this level provides both garden space to the stone podium above, as well as thermal mass protecting these spaces from temperature fluctuations.

Pushed to the edge of the property, an external formal entrance stair leads the visitor from level one up to the main entry at the third level of the house. Sitting between two living pavilions, linked by a flat metal roof, the entry views through a landscaped garden to a an exterior kitchen / entertainment courtyard that separates the pavilions and provides a space protected from sun and winds.

The more public functions of the house are housed within the pavilions on level three.


The open plan kitchen, dining, living space are orientated onto the courtyard on one side and a generous curved terrace on the other, with views across the harbour.


Below the living pavilions sits a second stone podium that houses the private functions of the house such as bedrooms. Bedrooms open directly onto the green roof of the garage and also enjoy water views.

Through clever use of geometry in it's planning and utilising retractable exterior venetians, spaces within the house are deliberately designed to reduce the entry of direct summer sun, capture winter sun and protect spaces from the wind, while maximising views of Middle Harbour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographs: sourced from MacCormick & Associates Architects
  • Photographer: Huw Lambert

AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour

The next AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour takes place next month on 18 May 2013. Don't miss out on an opportunity to experience some great architect designed houses across the inner east and inner west of Sydney.


Over the day you will visit houses situated between Bellevue Hill and Rozelle. You'll meet some of the clients, along with the architects from practices such as Carter Williamson Architects, David Edelman Architects and Sam Crawford Architects.

This is an all day bus tour which includes lunch, commentary and coach travel.

Tickets: $195 (Public) / $175 (AAA Members)

Tickets will sell out fast, so book now to learn how the designs evolved and be inspired!

Click here to secure your place.

  • Photographs: supplied by Carter Williamson Architects
  • Photographer: Brett Boardman
  • Image 1: Rozelle Terrace
  • Image 2: Cow Shed House, Glebe

Review: Urban Trends - Doing It Differently


Kylie Legge writes in the foreword to the first of her planned three Urban Trends booklets that she is far more fascinated by a city’s “complex system of interdependent relationships” than “individual pieces of architecture”.

“I am intensely interested in urban environments, in making them places where human beings can enjoy a meaningful and whole life; a balance of the social, economic, physical and cultural,” she admits in Doing It Differently. “The key challenge of place making is to create or nurture this chaotic balance (perhaps best described as a place’s unique and authentic character) but also support evolution into the future, and always to build in resilience and self sustainability.”

Legge runs Place Partners and has written about, lectured, presented at conferences and worked with governments, developers, communities, architects and designers on making places here and overseas in all sizes of cities, well before it became the vogue to do so. Her concerns are timeless and pre-trend any trending: “... work out exactly what is needed to keep people happy, make communities thrive and ensure the best result– both economic and lifestyle – for all involved”.

Judging by the chapters in this book, we need to be flexible, able to live without permanent structures or relationships, be open to others through serial, ongoing collaboration, bartering and inventive reuse of buildings and belongings. Pop-ups are a reward for keeping your eyes open – you never know where one will pop-up, Legge herself having a bookstore on an Oxford Street pavement (as I remember they did in Chinese cities on my longest visit there in 1983). Once the domain of artists and creatives these temporary outlets are now big business, Legge says. So are food trucks, by ubiquity anyway, and improvements to menu and tastiness at Sydney’s numerous festivals.

Collaborative consumption, where we barter across cyberspace, sharing goods with people known and not known, is a cheaper, space-saving and environmentally beneficial way of passing things on. Collaborative urbanism has people engaging with each other and participating in their future, making decisions that “will make our cities better for people”.  Site-specific solutions that do not reinvent the wheel are the way to go. It all sounds so straightforward, but its very simplicity is revolutionary.

The upshot is a telling change in how we live and think. “Arts and creative industries aren’t just being seen as a luxury but a core generator of economic success and community wellbeing.”  Without wishing to sound too trite, I can only say, Vive la difference.

Editor: These series of booklets promise to be an interesting insight into modern approaches to collaborative place-making. Book 1 'Doing It Differently', is available at bookstores such as Ariel, Berkelouw Books and the MCA bookstore. Or order direct from the Urban Trends website.

ACTIU Opens a Showroom in Pyrmont


Through their partnership dealer network, InHouse Group 3 is proud to announce that ACTIU will open a brand new showroom in Pyrmont, Sydney.

Begun in 1968 as a family run company in the Alicante region, La Foia de Castalla, Spain. ACTIU is a company that specialises in creating office furniture for a variety of workspaces.


Operating globally, ACTIU is committed to making mass-production more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The company undertakes all its own manufacturing, from the machine-cutting of wood and metal and die-stamping to the application of finishes.

With a reputation for extensive research and development, ACTIU produce an extensive range of ergonomic and attractive furniture. They regularly collaborate with freelance designers, such as alegreindustrial, Javier Cuñado, CDN, Lledó y Campos, and Sigfrido Bilbao.

The official opening of the showroom takes place tonight at 6.00pm. Contact InHouse Group 3 to secure a last minute invitation.

9th Annual Sculpture by the Sea - Western Australia


Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Perth’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition, returns to the picturesque Cottesloe Beach from March 8 – 24, 2013. The iconic event, featuring over 70 artists from across WA, Australia and 11 different countries, is expected to attract over 220,0000 visitors.

This year 24 West Australian artists will exhibit their works, including Ron Gomboc, Ben Juniper, Jennifer Cochrane, Ayad Alqaragholli, Alessandra Rossi and one of the recipients of last year’s prestigious Helen Lempriere Scholarships, Tom de Munk-Kerkmeer. They will be joined by 26 artists from across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the ACT and Tasmania including Ken Unsworth AM, Geoffery Ricardo, Philip Spelman and artist collectives Cave Urban and GhostNets Australia.


Exhibiting alongside the Australian artists are a number of prestigious international sculptors including UK’s Sir Anthony Caro OM, China’s Chen Wenling and Professor Sui Jianguo, along with the recipient of the main prize at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2012, USA artist, Peter Lundberg. A number of the international artists will travel to Perth to attend the exhibition including Maia Marinelli from the USA, and Jonas Hallberg & René Dybdahl Pedersen from Denmark, with flights courtesy of new exhibition sponsor China Southern Airlines.

The exhibition will open with the official media launch on 8 March, with the announcement of the recipient of the prestigious Western Australian Sculpture Scholarship of $10,000 together with an invitation to exhibit in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013. The scholarship, which has been funded by an anonymous donor, is designed to provide an artist with funds to advance their career.


Sculpture by the Sea, will run a range of special programs throughout the exhibition, including the Alcoa Schools Education program and free Tactile Tours for visitors with disabilities and their carers. In partnership with DADAA Inc. and supported by Lotterywest, Tactile Tours are designed to introduce visitors with disabilities to a new experience with contemporary sculpture through dialogue and touch. For the first time at Cottesloe, Sculpture by the Sea will operate free weekend artist talks each Saturday and Sunday during the exhibition. With three sessions per day, and featuring both local and international exhibiting artists, visitors will be able to sit back and relax into the beanbags situated around the artists’ work, learn about their sculpture, the process of creating and interact directly with the artists.

Getting to and from the exhibition is trouble-free with the Cott Cat free shuttle bus service which runs between Cottesloe train station and Cottesloe Beach. The shuttle will operate every fifteen minutes between 10.30am – 5.30pm daily throughout the exhibition. With plenty of parking at Cottesloe train station, using the Cott Cat is the ideal way to ‘park and ride’ to and from the exhibition.


Sculpture by the Sea is a trans-national series of exhibitions with sister exhibitions held in Aarhus, Denmark in June 2013 and along the Bondi - Tamarama coastal walk in Sydney in October 2013.

For more information on Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, click here.

Editor: Congratulations to Kalamundra artist Mikaela Castledine. On the 8th March, her exhibition entry, a "murder" of crocheted plastic crows was announced as the winner of the West Australian Sculpture Scholarship.

  • Article: Sculpture by the Sea - Media Release
  • Photographs: Provided by Sculpture by the Sea
    - Photograph 1: Cave Urban_mengenang (memory), Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013_0175
    - Photograph 2: GhostNets Australia, ghost net crocodile, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013_0102
    - Photograph 3: Stephen Marr, the optimist, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013_0554
    - Photograph 4: Ayad Alqaragholli, habibi, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013_0382

AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour


AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour
The Australian Architecture Association is organising it's next AAA Open House bus tour for 2013 on Saturday 18 May. This tour will explore residential projects across the inner east and inner west of Sydney.

While experiencing some of Sydney's latest contemporary home design, you'll have the opportunity to meet the architects and some of their clients. Learn how the designs evolved and be inspired!

This is an all day bus tour which includes lunch, commentary and coach travel.
Tickets: $195 (Public) / $175 (AAA Members)

Click here to secure your place.
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

Wiley Books Discount for 'All About Architecture' Readers


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New Books at Published Art

Published Art has some great books on offer this month. Revel in the architecture of home grown talent from Victoria, with the publications El Croquis 165: Sean Godsell 1997-2013 and Six Degrees 1992-2002.


El Croquis 165: Sean Godsell 1997-2013 features fourteen projects by the Melbourne based award winning architect. An insight into Godsell's ideology is provided in contributions by Leon Van Schaik, 'A Conversation with Sean Godsell' and Juhani Pallasmaa, 'Sean Godsell's Tough Subtlety'. Normally retailing at$99.00, AAA 'All About Architecture' subscribers get a 10% discount ($89.10).


Compiled by Brad Haycock, Six Degrees 1992-2002 is 224-page volume that extensively documents the built works of Melbourne based firm Six Degrees. Including drawings, early photographs and practice documents, along with written contributions by Philip Goad, Rachel Hurst, Barrie Barton, Toby Horrocks and Tim O'Sullivan, the publication captures the impact of Six Degrees upon the architectural profession and upon the cultural fabric and built environment of Melbourne. A conversation between Stuart Harrison and the directors of Six Degrees offers a unique insight into the evolution and the workings of the practice. Normally retailing at $40.00, with the 10% discount it's a bargain at $36.00.


If your tastes run to architecture offshore, don't miss out on the monograph Kengo Kuma: Complete Works by architectural historian Kenneth Frampton. Kuma is a Japanese architect who has forged a modern design language that artfully combines the country's traditional building crafts with sophisticated technologies and materials. Kenneth Frampton frames Kuma's work in the context of post-war Japan's flourishing architecture scene. From his iconic Water/Glass (1995) to the Nezu Museum in Tokyo (2009), each building is presented through descriptive text, newly commissioned photographs, and detailed drawings that reveal the refined architectonic vocabulary that characterises Kuma's buildings. Created in collaboration with Kuma, the projects are organized by materials: Water and Glass; Wood; Grass and Bamboo; and Stone, Earth, and Ceramics. Normally retailing at $80.00, it's only $72.00 with your AAA discount.

Visit and browse Published Art's in store range at: Shop 2, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010. Or you can check out their website.

To redeem your discount on the stores extensive range of art, design, photography and architecture publications, when buying in-store, don't forget to tell them you are an Australian Architecture Association subscriber.

If you plan to buy online, you will also need to email Published Art:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and outline the details of your purchase so that the 10% discount can be redeemed during the billing process. Again tell the helpful staff that you are an Australian Architecture Association subscriber.

  • Article: by Vanessa Couzens and Published Art
  • Images: provided by Published Art

AAA Central Coast Residential Bus Tour

On Saturday 23 February the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) ran the first Residential Bus Tour of 2013. Clutching wet weather gear, participants of the booked out tour departed Customs House for a day sightseeing some of the architectural delights of the Central Coast.


The first house of the day was designed by the small practice of David Boyle Architect, who are based in Pretty Beach. The Kings Residence, located in Phegans Bay was completed in 2012.

The clients, a couple with one young child, bought the site with pre-existing structure left from a house that was lost in the 2006 New Years Day fires. The challenging steeply sloped site, dominated by large rocky outcrops of sandstone, enjoys 270 degree views of the twisting headlands surrounding Brisbane Water.


The house was designed to incorporate the concrete blockwork of the former garage and retaining walls of the existing pebblecrete pool. The new residence steps up the site as a pavilion flowing between a series of platforms.

Inside the residence these changes in level create intimate cosy spaces. The main entertaining space and the master bedroom, capitalise on the views and northerly daylight. To the rear of the house the second bedroom and adjoining play space view onto a rear deck. A large internal cavity sliding door between the play space and kitchen / dining space gives the flexibility to create privacy for their child or create one larger open area.

The clients were enthusiastic about their new home and spoke of the pleasurable experience of being heavily involved in the design and construction process. Touches of their creativity can be seen in the incorporation of elements, such as recycled railway sleepers that form steps between changes of level.


The residence's use of modest materials such as concrete block, unadorned cement panel cladding with hardwood battens, recycled timber flooring and hardwood fire resistant decking, testifies to a conscious desire to reduce building costs and accommodate the issue of bush fires, while giving the house a light weight presence that sympathetically hovers above the landscape.

House number two built in MacMasters Beach, was designed by the small architecture practice, Dianna Thomas Architect, who are also based in MacMasters Beach. This holiday residence was designed for a professional couple with teenaged children, looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of Sydney.


Built of robust materials to withstand the punishing conditions of it's coastal location, the residence is split over two storeys with guest and childrens' rooms at ground level and the master bedroom, open plan kitchen/ dining/living space on the upper level.

In much of Dianna Thomas's work you can see the influence of Mid-Twentieth Century American modernism. In particular, the Case Study Houses sponsored by the publication Arts & Architecture, between the 1940's and 1960's. The MacMasters Beach House reflects their ideology in the use of prefabricated materials and simple functional arrangement of spaces to capitalise on the features of the site.


The interiors are given a sense of warmth through the inclusion of custom inbuilt timber cabinetry, that recalls the style of Mid-Twentieth Century Danish furniture design. This theme is continued in the clients selections of furnishings and lighting.

Large sliding doors across the northern face of the upper level open out onto a generous deck that wraps around the eastern face of the building to take in outstanding views across MacMasters Beach and it's environment.


Windows on the southern face of the building allow cross ventilating breezes to cool the residence and are protected by retracting fire shutters for bush fire protection.

The third house of the day was designed by the Neutral Bay, small practice Utz Sanby. Built in MacMasters Beach and completed in 2009, this residence was also designed as a holiday getaway for clients who wanted a large timber residence with plenty of space for entertaining guests.


Built on a long parcel of land on the top of the northern headland, the two storey house is pushed away from the road toward the end of the block facing directly onto the ocean. A separate street front garage provides privacy for a lap pool that adjoins a raised timber walkway leading to the houses entrance.

The double storey house is split visually into two pavilions, that separate the private areas, such as guest bedrooms and informal home office, from the more public functions of the house such as a Rumpus Room, at ground level and open plan kitchen / dining / living room above. The two functions of the house are joined together by a centralised circulation space.


The entry for the house opens onto a double height void, followed at ground level by an open tread timber stair and generous corridor with views through to the ocean. The delineation between public and private space is maintained through the clever use of timber cladding that is extended from the exterior face to wrap internally between the two pavilions.


With close adjoining neighbours on the north and south, the creation of privacy for the interiors was an important aspect of Utz Sanby's design. Rooms openings are orientated predominately to the east and west. On the eastern face large glazed timber sliding doors open onto decks that link the interiors to the exterior and ocean views. On the second level of the 'public' pavilion, the western facade of the house has a large roof overhang that protects an entertaining deck viewing onto the pool area to the west.

Internally, the exposed timber of the roof framing and polished timber floor boards add a sense of warmth to the open plan kitchen/dining/living space. The use of painted timber cladding on both the exteriors and interiors harkens back to the more traditional weatherboard cottages that still populate the central coast.

After viewing three homes, it was lunch time. Tour participants, along with some of the architects, adjourned to the Reef Restaurant at The Haven, in Terrigal. Over conversations about architecture and life in general, we enjoyed a somewhat rain obscured view of the turbulent ocean waters.

A break in the driving rain saw us arrive at our next destination, a luxurious residence in Terrigal by Jorge Hrdina Architects. Based in Cammeray, Jorge Hrdina cut his teeth in the industry working for one of Australia's celebrated Twentieth Century architects, Neville Gruzman. The influence of the organic architecture movement and the Sydney Regionalist style can be seen in Hrdina's work through his use of natural materials like stone and timber, exposed concrete and the way his houses are designed to react to the immediate landscape and climatic conditions.


Completed in 2008, the house was designed with two key priorities. Firstly to capitalise on outstanding views of the ocean and surrounding coastal landscape. Secondly to overcome the presence of adjoining homes to the property and provide open spaces with a sense of privacy.

The house is built over two levels on the sloping site. At the front facing onto the street, is the ground level double garage with stairs up to an exterior decked walkway to the house entry, offset midway down the southern length of the house. Directly above the garage sits the master bedrooms office/sitting space, followed by a generous walk in robe space which also accesses onto the master bedroom and its adjoining ensuite.


At the entrance to the house, the angle of the residence pivots to take advantage of easterly views, so that the house no longer runs parallel to the boundary. This aids in the creation of a protected open deck between the master bedroom/ensuite and the adjoining open plan kitchen/dining/living space.

Stacking sliding doors and windows open the kitchen and dining space onto the central courtyard and decking. Extensive frameless glazing encloses the sitting space and creates what Jorge Hrdina calls 'views within views'. A large skillion roof soars over this space and angles down to the north giving protection from the weather and covering a timber deck that leads onto a 19m cantilevered lap pool strung along the northern edge of the second storey.

A generously proportioned stairway with polished concrete floors leads down from the entrance space to lower level which contains guest rooms with equally impressive views to the ocean. The practical functions of the house like laundry, guest bathroom and access to the garage and rainwater tanks, are also located on this level. Tucked away to the side of the main guest room with sitting space, is a small enclosed deck with a large pivoting door that opens out to views of the ocean while screening the space from the neighbours.


The residence was recently sold to a Sydney based family, who are currently working with Jorge Hrdina on a permanent residence in Sydney. They use the residence as a coastal escape. It is also managed by Raine & Horne Terrigal - Avoca Beach (Phone: 02 4385 1000) as executive holiday rental. The 'Glass House' can be booked through

As with all good things the day had to end some time. Our final house on the tour was a renovation of a holiday home in Wagstaff. Designed by the multi award winning architect Michael Dysart, this study in modesty and simplicity won the 2009 Australian Institute of Architects Small Projects category.


Michael Dysart is an important figure in the Australian architectural scene. He is usually classified as a part of the Sydney School or Sydney Regionalist movement, who worked from the 1950’s onwards and had a huge impact in particular on residential design. This year on Australia Day, Michael Dysart was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to architecture.

The house we visited is in fact Michael's family holiday home. Originally built in the 1950's, the very modest fibre cement clad home contained a main entry through the kitchen, leading into a living/dining space and two bedrooms that opened directly off the living room. The bathroom/laundry and toilet originally opened onto the side of the kitchen.

Despite loving the house, at sixty-five square metres the decision was reluctantly made to extend the residence in order to better accommodate Dysart's family. The new extension was deliberately designed to minimise the impact on the original features of the home. To preserve the memory of the original residence, Michael repeated the details of the houses style and materials in the new additions.


On the west a new main entrance and living room was added, that opens at the rear onto a deck that wraps across the northerly face of the building and views across the water. The original delightful 50's formica kitchen has been retained, along with the original living/dining that now acts as a small dining and sitting area. The existing two bedrooms were enlarged on the eastern edge of the house to accommodate a corridor to a new main bedroom and small ensuite, facing onto the original landscaping of the properties street front.

Painted cement cladding lines the exteriors of the new additions and the curved form enclosing the ensuite harkens back to the Modernist style homes of the Twentieth Century. A trellised verandah at the front of the house encompasses the trunk of an established gum tree and allows the kitchen to view up to it's canopy. In fact it was the desire to retain the gum tree that necessitated a hasty redesign of the new living room fireplace when it was discovered by the builder that the tree would need to be cut down if the fire place remained in it's intended position.


The Wagstaff house is a lovely testament to the fact that big doesn't necessarily mean better. It respects the historical heritage of seaside cottages while providing cosy, relaxed interiors with sufficient amenity to suit the needs of an extended family.

The Australian Architecture Association would like to thank tour participants for taking part in our tour, we hope you enjoyed the day. We would also like to thank the architects, for taking the time to explain their designs and in particular their clients who so graciously opened their doors to us.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographs:
    House 1
    Tour Photographs: Vincent Lam and Vanessa Couzens
    House 2
    Tour Photographs: Vincent Lam and Vanessa Couzens
    House 3
    Tour Photographs: Vincent Lam and Vanessa Couzens
    House 4
    'Glass House' professional photographs: provided by client
    Tour Photographs: Vincent Lam and Vanessa Couzens
    House 5
    Tour Photographs: Vincent Lam and Vanessa Couzens

MCA Anish Kapoor Exhibition Giveaway Winners

Last month the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offered to Australian Architecture Association members the opportunity to win one of two double passes to the first major exhibition in Australia of Mumbai-born, London-based artist Anish Kapoor.

Congratulations to Yarek Alexander and Louise Byrne who were the lucky winners of the tickets. We hope you enjoy visiting the exhibition, which will run through until 1 April.

Having experienced some of his individual works, overseas and in Australia, I've been a long standing admirer of Anish Kapoor's contemporary sculpture.  When I first heard the MCA planned a comprehensive exhibition of his work, I was naturally excited and rushed to obtain my membership, so I could take full advantage of seeing the exhibition multiple times!


The exhibition guide likens his work to that of alchemy. This description seems quite apt. Rather then transforming one material into another, through a mixture of science, engineering and magic, Kapoor's work transforms our perception of space, form, mass and material. His use of colour recalls the rich visceral culture of India.

Anish Kapoor is obviously a perfectionist, with a scientific bent of mind. However, behind the detailed engineering of each piece, one can't help thinking that there lurks an artist who still retains a childlike fascination with shape and play.

This a great exhibition to take the kids (and adult 'kids at heart'!) to. Some highlights for me, include his untitled 2012 'voids', spherical wall mounted sculptures that have coloured reflective surfaces that turn your vision of the world upside down. It is fun to imagine that gravity has become inverted, swinging your arms above your head, as you appear to hang from the ceiling.

The highly reflective mirrored surface of his nine metre long work 'S-Curve' (2006), recalls visions of childhood visits to the local shows fun parlour or hall of mirrors. Try viewing the piece from a diagonal viewpoint on the entry side of the piece. Looking at the point where the two curves meet, curve your body with your arms above your head, as if you were diving into a pool. You will suddenly find yourself transformed into two acrobats from the circus, holding ankles, ready to roll around the ring.


The giant bulbous 24 ton Cor-Ten steel form of 'Memory' (2008), should appeal to those who are architecturally inclined. It seems to float, like a balloon within the deliberately close space, elegantly balanced between the enclosing walls. After viewing the piece, revisit the specially constructed room that houses a void opened into its side. Speak into its gloomy, spooky depths and hear a ghostly echo return to you.


My favourite in the collection is another untitled work from 2012, which hangs on the wall facing the Level 3 entry. The dishes visually pleasing fractured mirror pattern, holds a secret! Position a friend at the opposite side of the room, next to the corner, while you stand at the line in front of the sculpture. Staring at the centre of the dish, whisper a secret message, using a breathy voice. Your friend will hear what you say!

If you love contemporary abstract sculpture that challenges your perception, then this is definitely one exhibition you will not want to miss. Make sure you talk to the exhibition staff to get an insight into the ideology behind the creation of the artworks and equally fascinating, their installation.

If you want to avoid weekend crowds, take advantage of the MCA's late opening on Thursday nights. Afterwards enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles at the upstairs cafe and be entertained by their program of musicians in the sculpture court.

Many thanks to the MCA for offering the double passes to AAA members and for undertaking the momentous task of compiling and bringing these works to our shores.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographs:
    Provided by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
    - Anish Kapoor 1000 Names, 1979-80 wood, gesso, pigment. Image courtesy and © the artist
    - Anish Kapoor Memory, 2008 installation view, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin 2009 Cor-ten steel. Image courtesy the artist and Deutsche Guggenheim © the artist. Photograph: Mathias Schormann
  • MCA exhibition photograph by Frank Farrugia, Anish Kapoor Untitled, 2012.

Central Coast Residential Bus Tour 2013


The Australian Architecture Associations' first residential bus tour for 2013, the Central Coast Residential Bus Tour, is almost fully booked.

Taking place on Saturday 23 February, don't miss this great opportunity to go inside some of the most interesting contemporary residential architecture in the NSW Central Coast.

Some of the architects taking part include, David Boyle, Jorge Hrdina, Kristin Utz and Duncan Sanby. Projects located in areas such as McMasters Beach, Killcare, Phegans Bay and Avoca.

Walk with the architects and listen to their story about how the projects were developed and became a reality.

This is an all day bus tour which includes lunch, commentary and coach travel.
Tickets: $175 (Public) / $150 (AAA Members)
Click here to secure your place.

  • Images: provided by David Boyle Architects
  • Photographer: Brigid Arnott

New Additions to the AAA's Extended Family


Congratulations to Jo and Michael MacCormick on the birth of their baby boy Archie, born on 27th October 2012, weighing in at 3.19kg.

Michael is one of our founding AAA Volunteer Tour leaders and currently serves as a AAA Board member. Michael is an architect who has worked both overseas and in Australia and now works in private practice in the firm MacCormick & Associates Architects .

We wish them all the happiness and joy with their newest family member Archie.  Archie is Michael and Jo’s 4th child.

  • Images: provided by Michael MacCormick and Vanessa Couzens

AAA Member Bark Design Featured on the ABC

Over two days in August 2011 the Australian Architecture Association explored a series of residential projects in the Noosa region designed by five contemporary architectural practices. One of the featured practices on the Noosa Residential Tour was the award winning architects, Bark Design, a small practice who operate out of Timbeerwah QLD.

Tour participants explored five of their projects; the Noosa Visitor Information Centre , Bark Designs' Studio, the Timbeerwah Residence (Art Studio) , the Sunshine Beach Residence and as a bonus self drive visit, the 'Glass House Mountain House' built near Maleny.


Towards the end of 2012 the ABC produced a series called 'Dream Build' and featured Bark Designs' 'Glass House Mountain House' in Episode 5 .

Designed for a family of Australian expatriates returning from Romania. This residence is a project that combines the stylistic influences of Japanese traditional architecture with modern ideas about transparency and the utilization of technology.

Located on the busy road into Maleny, thick stone walls muffle noise from the street and create a private central courtyard. The house is pushed up against the property boundary along the ridge of the hill and provides panoramic views towards the Glass House Mountains and coast beyond.

Functions of the house are divided into a series of pavilions linked by transparent walkways that open to take advantage of cooling breezes or close to protect interiors, yet allow light into the spaces. A separate guest house / music studio, showcases the architect’s experiment with standardization and modularization of components, creating an area guests would be reluctant to leave.


Visit the AAA e-news archives to read the September 2011 'All About Architecture' article about the Noosa Residential Tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

'Formworks' Exhibition Opening at SOHO Galleries

From Saturday 9 February until March 15, AAA supporter SOHO Galleries will be staging their latest exhibition 'Formworks'.The group show will feature innovative contemporary wall relief sculptures and mixed media assemblages.


The exhibiting artists include: Jerzy W Michalski, Andrew  Bartosz, Tracy Dods, Conchita Carambano, Jonathon Hayde,  Andrew Mangelsdorf, Annette Lodge, Paul Battams, Neville Pilven,  Miertje  Skidmore,  James Willebrant, Marshall Williams, Walangari Karntawarra, Nicholas Broughton, Ross Wilsmore,  Alison Coulthurst,  Bruce Earles, Michelle Breton, Alexandra Spyratos, John  Santucci, Tiffany Calder Kingston, Suzanna Lang,  Joanne Villani, Krista Stewart, Elizabeth Gray,Tony Colangelo,  Wendie McCaffley,  Todd Stuart,  Andrew Kasper, Main  Artery Studios, Michael Vaynman, Robin Holliday, Zygmunt Libucha, Emad Dhahir, Alan Warner, Michael Jenkins, Trevor, Berry, Andrew Rogers, John Gardner, Phillip Hay, Matt Carney, Erik Werkhoven.

Plan your visit the gallery at the corner of Crown & Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo, by visiting their website.

  • Image: provided by SOHO Galleries.

Anish Kapoor - MCA Special Offer for AAA Members

From the 20 December, through to the 1 April 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is presenting the first major exhibition in Australia of Mumbai-born, London-based artist Anish Kapoor.

In celebration of this unique exhibition, the MCA is offering to Australian Architecture Association members the opportunity to win one of two double passes. To enter into the running register your details here.

This unique exhibition includes works from the early stages of Kapoor’s career to the present day. It explores the artist’s continual experimentation across a variety of materials including clay, plastic, pigment, steel and wax to create works of great visual power and emotional impact.


Highlights include one of the artist’s most ambitious works for a gallery, Memory (2008), commissioned by Deutsche Bank in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim. In the work’s first presentation in the Southern Hemisphere, Memory completely fills the MCA’s sizable Level 3 Gallery as if squeezed between the white walls. Viewers experience the rust-coloured bulbous structure from several angles including a window that looks into the cavernous interior space. By restricting the ability to view the whole work from a single point, Kapoor challenges the public to imagine the object in its entirety by piecing together memories of the work from different locations.


The exhibition also comprises a selection of the early works that first brought Anish Kapoor to prominence. Created following a short trip to India, 1000 Names (1979–80) consists of primary coloured geometric forms produced using brightly coloured powdered pigments placed on the floor or situated on the wall.


Another highlight is Void (1989), a large concave shape coated in a deep blue pigment that toys with perception. The shape changes from a convex to a concave form depending on where the viewer is situated, whilst the colour of the piece disrupts the ability to determine the object’s true proportions.


The MCA’s spacious Level 1 North Gallery is the ideal setting for the enormous wax sculpture My Red Homeland (2003). In this monumental circular sculpture, a large motorised steel blade slowly cuts a course through 25 tons of wax and Vaseline mixed with a deep red pigment. Over the period of an hour the blade traces the circumference of the structure, which measures 12 metres in diameter, endlessly dissecting and re-shaping the wax into new forms. Drawing associations with organic material such as blood, My Red Homeland stimulates not only an emotional but also a physical response.

The opportunity to experience Anish Kapoor's work is one you won't want to miss! Plan your visit to the MCA by visiting their website.

  • Article Copy: Provided by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
  • Images: Provided by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
    - Anish Kapoor Memory, 2008 installation view, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin 2009 Cor-ten steel. Image courtesy the artist and Deutsche Guggenheim © the artist. Photograph: Mathias Schormann
    - Anish Kapoor 1000 Names, 1979-80 wood, gesso, pigment. Image courtesy and © the artist
    - Anish Kapoor Void, 1989 fibreglass, pigment. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Dave Morgan
    - Anish Kapoor My Red Homeland, 2003 installation view, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2003 wax and oil-based paint, steel arm, motor. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Nic Tenwiggenhorn