First 'At Home With the Architect' in Queensland Next Sunday

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In August the Australian Architecture Association's first Queensland 'At Home With The Architect' takes place. Explore a house in Chapel Hill, designed by Brisbane firm Reddog Architects.

As a special bonus attendees are also invited on a tour at Tweed River Regional Gallery with its designer award winning Brisbane architect Bud Branigan.

Director of Reddog Architects Paul Worroll, was one the AAAs first members and they support our operations as a current corporate member. The AAA is excited that the award winning firm will feature on At Home With the Architects debut in Brisbane.

Established in 2000, Reddog Architects is a small design studio offering professional services in architecture, interior architecture and project management. Their portfolio of work includes purpose built facilities for retail, commercial, residential and industrial clients in both the private and public sectors.

The Chapel Hill project began as a small extension to the existing houses entry and provision of an internal connection between the upper and lower levels. The brief expanded into a repurposing of the living spaces and addition of bedrooms, resulting in a layered design response which sought to explore ideas of prospect, retreat and connections to the landscape.

Tour Details:
Location: Chapel Hill & Tweed River Regional Gallery
Please note that the address for the residence and meeting point for Tweed River Regional Gallery will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Times:
Chapel Hill House: 9.30am - 10.30pm
Tweed River Regional Art Gallery: 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Date: Sunday 30 August 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Numbers are limited, don't miss your opportunity to experience Reddog's Chapel Hill House and the bonus tour with Bud Branigan at Tweed River Regional Gallery, click here.

Note: Attendees of the AAA Residential Bus Tour on Saturday 29 August 2015 receive a special discount. Click here to book both the At Home With the Architect tour and Residential Bus Tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Chapel Hill House Photograph: Provided by Reddog Architects / Photographer
  • Tweed River Regional Art Gallery Photograph: Sourced from Museums & Galleries of NSW website / Photographer: Peter Hyatt

 

Sydney Design 2015

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2015 sees Sydney Design return for its 19th year, making it one of the world’s longest running design festivals. This year’s program brings together an exciting array of design disciplines which we’ve coupled into Architecture & Interior, Product & Maker, Fashion & Jewellery and Digital & Graphic.

AAA has been a parter of Sydney Design for almost a decade and this year we offer the Sydney City Walk (5 September) and The Rocks Walk (12 September) as part of the Sydney Design program. 

Book now and be part of Sydney's leading design event!

The AAA Thanks You For Your Support Over 2015

The Australian Architecture Association’s purpose is to educate and promote greater understanding of architecture and design. This would not be possible without the support and encouragement of both the design community and enthusiasts of all things designed.

We would like to thank the architects and their clients who so kindly opened their doors for our tour attendees over 2015. Learning about the buildings directly from architects and experiencing the spaces has been both educational and inspirational.

Thank you also to the people who have attended our tours over the year. The enthusiasm and curiosity expressed by tour participants is the motivation that drives our passionate volunteers and governing committee.

An Overview of Tours in 2015

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Walking Tours

This year the AAA has continued to provide an extensive program of walking tours. Our trained volunteer tour leaders have offered their unique insights into the history, architecture and development of such suburbs as the Melbourne CBD, Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Redfern, Castlecrag, Castle Cove, Middle Cove and a new tour for 2015 in Northbridge.

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Short Black – Architects In Their Space Talk: Melbourne School of Design, the University of Melbourne VIC - 25 March 2015

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AAA Residential Bus Tour - Inner Sydney NSW - 11 April 2015

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Short Black – Architects In Their Space Talk: The Wayside Chapel - Potts Point NSW - 16 April 2015

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At Home With the Architect – Marrickville Residence, NSW – 26 April 2015

  • Drew Heath of Drew Heath Architects

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At Home With the Architect - Arlington Grove, Dulwich Hill NSW - 31 May 2015

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At Home With the Architect - Fishwick House & Felstead House, Castlecrag NSW designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin – 28 June 2015

  • Discussing the Griffin’s work was architect, AAA Volunteer & Vice President - Ben Gerstel.

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At Home With the Architect – The Garden Pavilion, Annandale NSW – 19 July 2015

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Sydney Indesign Talk – Size Matters – 13 August 2015

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At Home With the Architect – The Coogee Residence, NSW – 23 August 2015

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AAA Residential Bus Tour - Sunshine Coast QLD - 29 August 2015

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At Home With the Architect - Chapel Hill Residence QLD - 30 August 2015

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Short Black – Architects In Their Space Talk: Tweed River Art Gallery NSW - 30 August 2015

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At Home With the Architect – Millers Point Residence, NSW – 25 October 2015

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At Home With the Architect – Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach VIC – 8 November 2015

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AAA Residential Bus Tour – North Sydney NSW – 21 November 2015

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At Home With the Architect – Hills Plain House, Metcalfe VIC – 28 November 2015

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At Home With the Architect – Birchgrove Residence, NSW – 29 November 2015

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Douglas Snelling House featured on the Northbridge Walk, NSW designed by Douglas Snelling and renovated by Tzannes (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: Melbourne School of Design, the University of Melbourne designed by  John Wardle Architects in collaboration with the Boston-based practice NADAAA (Photographer: Peter Bennetts)
  • Image 3: Residential Bus Tour, (left column) Smart Design Studio, Sam Crawford Architects, (right column) David Boyle Architect, Connor + Solomon Architects (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 4: Short Black – Architects In Their Space Talk: The Wayside Chapel - Potts designed by Environa Studio (Photographer: Owen Zhu)
  • Image 5: At Home With the Architect – Marrickville Residence designed by Drew Heath Architects (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 6: At Home With the Architect - Arlington Grove, Dulwich Hill NSW designed by Smart Design Studio (Visualisation: sourced from Smart Design Studio)
  • Image 7: At Home With the Architect - Felstead House & Fishwick House, Castlecrag NSW designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 8: At Home With the Architect – The Garden Pavilion, Annandale NSW designed by Welsh + Major Architects (Photographer: Brett Boardman)
  • Image 9: Special Talk - 'Size Matters'
  • Image 10: At Home With the Architect – The Coogee Residence, NSW designed by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 11: Residential Bus Tour, (left column) Robinson Architects, (right column) Teeland Architects, Bark Design (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 12: At Home With the Architect – Chapel Hill Residence, QLD designed by Reddog Architects (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 13: Short Black – Architects In Their Space Talk: Tweed River Art Gallery NSW designed by Bud Brannigan Architects (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 14: At Home With the Architect – Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach VIC designed by Robin Williams Architect (Photographer: Dean Bradley)
  • Image 15: Residential Bus Tour, (left column) Hrdina Architects, Ben Gerstel Architect, Connor + Solomon Architects, (right column) Bijl Architects, Marston Architects (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 16: At Home With the Architect – Hills Plain House, Metcalfe VIC designed by Woveridge Architects (Photographers: Richard Powers & Derek Swalwell)
  • Image 17: At Home With the Architect – Birchgrove Residence designed by Connor + Solomon Architects (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

The Perfect Christmas Gift For the Design Enthusiast In Your Life

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The Christmas season is upon us and it is time to find those last minute gifts for your loved ones. The AAA limited edition boxed set of cards is the perfect gift for the architectural enthusiasts in your life. All proceeds from the sale of the cards goes to the AAA's educational fund used for programs promoting architecture.

With 24 cards of varying sizes printed with drawings by 23 of Australia’s most loved Architects, such as Glenn Murcutt and Harry Seidler, this is the perfect gift for Christmas or a birthday. (The cards also look great arranged and framed for display on the wall).

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These cards are now available for online order for $75, while AAA members enjoy a special price of $60 including postage (NB: Australia only / see overseas costs when ordering). Not only will your loved one be thrilled, you will have supported the Australian Architecture Association Fund which is used to support design education initiatives.

Click here to order your limited edition set now!

(Please note that orders for christmas delivery will need to be made before Monday 21 December 2015)

  • Image 1: Peter Tonkin, Watercolour on paper. View of Amsterdam Canal
  • Image 2: Glenn Murcutt, Pen on Butter Paper. Sketch of a new house near Wagga Wagga with details of the sky.

Emma Simmons - Illustrating the Inner West of Sydney

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Emma Simmons is an Australian artist who enjoys drawing landscapes and suburban scenes. In 2008 she began illustrating the urban landscape of Balmain, attracted to the crumbly charm or 'character' of its local buildings.

Her collection of work has expanded over the years to encompass the iconic buildings and street scenes of the Inner West of Sydney. Documenting such buildings as the former Majestic Rollerink in Petersham, Marie-Louise salon on Enmore Road Enmore and the Valhalla Cinema in Glebe.

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For an exhibition she put together recently for Sweets Workshop in Summer Hill, entitled ‘Best Inner West’, she described her fascination for the buildings of the Inner West:

‘To be honest I'm interested in the signs of age that visually show a buildings history, whether it be the architectural style or the deteriorating condition. The way that we use these buildings is constantly changing along with the needs of the community and the population and often they are gutted and re-purposed, the suburban landscape is always shifting.’

Emma Simmons’ illustrations can be obtained from the Sweets Workshop website. Click here to see her work. Or visit the gallery at 4/58-60 Carlton Cres, Summer Hill NSW 2130.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: The former Majestic Rollerink in Petersham, Giclee Print (using archival inks on fine art photo rag paper) of a digital collage, created from water colour, fabric and pencil. (Imaged sourced from Sweets Workshop website).
  • Image 2: The Marie-Louise Salon on Enmore Road Enmore, Giclee Print (using archival inks on fine art photo rag paper) of a digital collage, created from water colour, fabric and pencil. (Image Sourced from Sweets Workshop website).

 

Thankyou To All Who Supported Our Pozible Campaign

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The Australian Architecture Association would like to thank all our kind supporters in our 'Keep Architecture Open 2015' campaign which aimed to raise funds towards our operations in 2016. Your generosity will help us to continue offering an extensive program of walks, tours and talks in both NSW and Victoria in 2016.

The AAA would like to thank the following individuals and organisations who have shown their love for the AAA by donating rewards to our campaign:

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Designed and developed in 2010 by award winning architect David Edelman, these spacious one bedroom 5 star villas offer every conceivable luxury for those seeking the best accommodation Hepburn Springs has to offer.

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eClassroom.com.au is the first service in Australia and New Zealand dedicated to providing online learning and distance education to architects, landscape architects, designers and planners.

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Martha's is an elegant restaurant in Castlecrag. Frequent attendees to our residential bus tours love the locavore menu and their art-filled walls.

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Universal Magazines is Australia’s largest niche media company, home to many of Australia’s most trusted and in-demand magazines and online destinations.

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Bennetts Associates is one of the UK's leading architectural practices, with a reputation for design, delivery and sustainability across a wide range of sectors.

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The Chicago Architecture Foundation is the leading organization devoted to celebrating and promoting Chicago as a center of architectural innovation. The CAF was the model for AAA at startup and has been a founding member of AAA.

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Paul Connor is a registered architect, painter and partner of Connor and Solomon Architects, was the founding director of the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, and is a Trustee of the Australian Museum, currently chairing its Building Committee and is also secretary of the Pyrmont Heritage Boating Club. Paul has a close relationship with Paris having won tenure to the Academie des Architectes Cité Internationale Des Arts studio in the early nineties and returning on a regular basis with his family since.

The AAA would also like to thank the private individuals who so generously donated items to our campaign. Your support is appreciated!

Donate To the AAA Annual Fund Raising Campaign On Pozible Now!

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The AAA needs you - donate NOW! Our not-for-profit organisation is passionate about making architecture and design accessible to everyone and we need your continued support to fund our operations. We want to continue providing a rich program of walks, tours and talks in 2016 and are running a fund raising campaign on the crowd funding website Pozible. By pledging you 'Keep Architecture Open' and you reap some great rewards for your generosity!

Donate now and be rewarded! Click here to show you love the AAA.

The Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is a not for profit organisation that has been promoting a greater understanding of architecture and design since 2004. The AAA is a volunteer run organisation, and it is only possible for us to continue providing educational programs with the generous support of our members, partners and volunteers.

We're reaching out to you because we are hoping to raise over $10,000 to help us continue to run our yearly program of educational tours and talks in NSW and interstate. We have put together some great benefits in appreciation of your support and these will be available until 30 November 2015.

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The Australian Architecture Association’s vision is that through education and greater understanding, people have the power to effect positive change in the way their built environment is shaped. Our yearly program includes:

  • Weekly architectural walking tours through suburbs around Sydney that promote an understanding of the unique qualities of Sydney’s communities and environment.
  • Monthly opening the doors of a private home in NSW and meeting the architects who demonstrate how clever design can better serve the needs of individuals.
  • Bus tours showcasing residential architecture both locally and interstate.
  • Special talks that provide an opportunity to discover developments in contemporary design and how home grown and international designers can contribute to a more sustainable future.
  • In 2016 we will continue our program of events in our chapter based in Victoria, run by AAA representative architect Steve Rose.

Our organisation is unique in its aim to foster closer ties between communities and the people who help shape the urban environment.

How can you help? We believe in people power, every donation helps no matter how small!

The Australian Architecture Association is not about promoting individual designers, it is about allowing people to understand and celebrate the value of architecture, interior design, urban planning and heritage. We believe that everyone should be empowered to effect positive change on the way our cities are shaped and this can only happen through fostering understanding and encouraging people to debate the merits of architecture and design. We want to thank you in advance for your generous support!

Click here to show you love the Australian Architecture Association.

Victoria: Last Chance To Get Tickets For Villa Marittima By Architect Robin Williams

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Time is running out to get tickets to explore an award winning residence at St Andrews Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. The AAA'S Victorian At Home With the Architect open house series explores the home of architect Robin Williams on Sundey 8 November. Meet Robin Williams and discover how the interiors and exteriors of the Villa Marittima were designed and constructed.

The Australian Architecture Association’s Victorian At Home With the Architect is partnering this month with the Robin Boyd Foundation and taking part in their open house series ‘Awards 2015: Redesigning the Family Home’. Two private architect designed homes will be opened this month with Villa Marittima debuting at the beginning of the month and Hills Plain House designed by Wolveridge Architects as the finale at the end of the month.

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Villa Marittima was designed by Robin Williams in 2014 and was the recent winner of the Australian Institute of Architects (Victoria) 2015 Architecture Award for Residential Architecture - Houses (New). Villa Marittima has also been short listed in the Australian Institute of Architects National Residential Architecture - Houses (New) award. Winners of the National Architecture Awards as judged by the National Jury will be announced on the 5 November. In the lead up to the Jury selection the residence has just received the 2015 National Architecture Awards People’s Choice Award.

Commenting on Robin William’s design the Jury stated “This home presents a memorable series of living experiences which arise from unique architectural responses to site, brief and the surrounding landscape.”

An unconventional experiment in applying a Japanese inspired aesthetic of simplicity with ramped and horizontal interconnecting spaces, the design of the translucent polycarbonate clad home focuses on maximising light and the creation of visual and spacial links with water and the surrounding beauty of the landscape.

Robin Williams runs his own practice Robin Williams Architect (RWA) and was a former Local Government Architect / Planner at the City of Fitzroy.

At Home With the Architect Tour Details:
Location: St Andrews Beach, Mornington Peninsula
Please note that the address will only be sent to ticket holders in the days preceding the tour.
Time: 4.30pm - 6.00pm
Date: Sunday 8 November 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this unique home, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

For more information about the Robin Boyd Foundation ‘Awards 2015: Redesigning the Family Home’ click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Villa Marittima 2014 - sourced from Robin Williams Architect 
  • Photographer: Dean Bradley

NSW: Early Bird Tickets Available for At Home With the Architect

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This month's NSW At Home With the Architect visits the inner west of Sydney to explore a renovation designed by Connor + Solomon Architects. The former butchers shop converted to a terrace residence, is located in a conservation area of Birchgrove and combines heritage elements with striking modernist inspired contemporary design.

The alterations and additions to residence were completed in 2015 and included extensions at lower ground, ground and the first floor, as well as the construction of a new verandah to the front facade and swimming pool in the rear.

The co-directors of Connor + Solomon Architects, Paul Connor and Anthony Solomon, formed their architectural partnership in 1996. Their small practice combines the talents of experienced professionals, design graduates and students offering skills in graphic presentation, sustainable design, master planning and interior design.

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Explore the interiors and exteriors of the Birchgrove House and be inspired by the architect as they explain how the design was conceptualised and executed.

Tour Details:
Location: Birchgrove, NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 29 November 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this privately owned residence, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: Connor + Solomon Architects - Birchgrove Residence
  • Images Source: GNC Quality
  • Photographer: Luc Remond

Victoria: Explore Hills Plain House By Wolveridge Architects

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Explore an award winning off the grid residence at Metcalfe. The AAA’s Victorian At Home With the Architect open house series explores the country home of architect Jeremy Wolveridge on Saturday 28 November. Meet the architect and discover how the interiors and exteriors of Hills Plain House were designed and constructed.

As the architect and client, Jeremy Wolveridge set clear goals for the design and construction of this project. For his practice Wolveridge Architects, who are experienced in passive design, the residence was an opportunity to engage further with principles of sustainable design and systems and obtain a firsthand experience in the realities, technical considerations and benefits of a house that is designed with such.

Already this experience has been invaluable towards their clients' work, where sustainable design decisions and recommendations can be made with greater confidence. Wolveridge Architects excite and encourage their clients to invest in sustainable architecture. Their firm also built the dwelling.

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The site is about an hour and ten minutes from Melbourne and they generally employed local trades with weekly meetings. The owner/builder approach enabled them to consider alternatives that were often proposed by subcontractors during the process without cost penalty. This flexibility enabled them to continue to improve the design.

In addition to its systems, this project incorporates a great deal of recycled/reforested and considered materials that are intended to provide a tactile experience for the occupant and visitor. Constant reminders, not just of their previous life, but the long and drawn out construction process integrate this holistic approach.

At Home With the Architect Tour Details:
Location: Metcalfe, Victoria 3448
Please note that the address will be forwarded to participants in the days immediately preceding the tour.
Time: 12.00pm - 1.30pm
Date: Saturday 28 November 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this unique home, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

For more information about the Robin Boyd Foundation ‘Awards 2015: Redesigning the Family Home’ click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: Hills Plains House - sourced from Wolveridge Architect 
  • Photographer: Richard Powers & Derek Swalwell

 

5 Double Tickets On Offer To AAA Members For Thriller 99 HOMES

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This month 5 double tickets for the new critically acclaimed thriller 99 HOMES are on offer to Australian Architecture Association Members. In cinemas from 19 November, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern and Noah Lomax and was directed by Ramin Bahrani.

In this timely thriller, hard-working single father Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) and his mother (Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern) are cruelly evicted from their home.

Desperate to get his house back, Nash goes to work for the wealthy and ruthless businessman Rick Carver (Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon) – the very man who repossessed Nash’s home.

It is a deal-with-the-devil that comes with an increasingly high cost – on Carver’s orders, Nash must evict families from their homes; in return, Nash is promised a lifestyle of wealth and glamour. As Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined.

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Click here to watch a trailer for the movie.

Five double tickets are on offer to Australian Architecture Association Members.

The first five members to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - with 99 HOMES in the subject line and under 20 words explaining what you love about your home will be the lucky recipients. Don’t forget to include your AAA Member Number and postal address so we can mail the tickets to you.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Content / Images: Nix Co.
    Image 1: Michael Shannon & Andrew Garfield
    Image 2: 99 HOMES promotional poster

 

Visit The Annual Bondi Exhibition 'Sculpture by the Sea'

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Sculpture by the Sea has returned to the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk. The annual exhibition is in it’s nineteenth year, transforming the coast into a 2km long temporary sculpture park over the period 22 October - 8 November 2015.

This years free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition features more than 100 works by Australian and International artists. Over 30 international artists are showcased this year, including artists from Brazil to Poland, Japan to Slavakia and the USA to the Czech Republic.

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This year the Macquarie Group returned as Principal Sponsor of the Sculpture by the Sea Bondi and awarded the $60,000 Macquarie Group Sculpture Prize to Jörg Plickat from Germany for his sculpture ‘Divided Planet’.

With more than 500,000 visitors expected over the 18 days, visit the Sculpture by the Sea website for tips on getting there and getting around.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: ‘Repetitive Structure’ by Mano Ponnambalam
    Photographer: Rudi van Starrex
    Sourced from architect Mano Ponnambalam facebook page
  • Image 2: ‘Divided Planet’ by Jörg Plickat
    Photographer: Clyde Yee
    Sourced from Sculpture by the Sea

In-house Group 3 Free Event ‘Futureproofing your Interiors’

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On the 26 November join AAA Partner Inhouse Group3 at the Austral Brickworks Design Studio for a free event ‘Futureproofing Your Interiors: How to create sustainable interiors in today’s throwway society’, presented by Kate St James, Editor in Chief - Grand Design Magazine Australia and former President of the Australian Architecture Association.

Every building has an impact on the environment. In fact, buildings use 40% of the world’s energy, emit 40% of the world’s carbon footprint, and use 20% of the world’s available drinking water.

Through this talk you’ll better understand how we can make building interiors more healthy, environmentally friendly, energy and waste efficient. You will learn about lifecycle analysis, product stewardship and why NABERS, GECA, Green Tag and other certification standards are becoming increasingly relevant to modern interior designers and why choosing low-impact materials, energy efficient, long-lasting and recyclable products make good design sense.

Event Details:
Location: Austral Brickworks Design Studio - 50 Carrington Street Sydney
Time: 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Date: Thursday 26 November 2015
Cost: Free

Click here to book your place at the presentation.

At Home With the Architect: Caroline Pidcock's Home

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This month's NSW At Home with the Architect visits The Rocks to explore a heritage listed Victorian era terrace updated to accommodate the contemporary needs of its architect / urban planner owners, Caroline Pidcock and John McInerney.

Located at the heart of Millers Point, the residence demonstrates how principles of sustainability can be aligned with heritage requirements preserving the best of the past for a great future.

‘Apart from the joy of enabling us to live in an amazing area which is embedded with the history and culture of early white settlement in Australia, there are a number of changes that will increase our enjoyment of this great place’, says owners Caroline Pidcock and John McInerney.

A strong focus on retaining and restoring as many of the existing elements as possible, recycling materials and the thoughtful insertion of new elements allows the history to be fostered while new living patterns are enabled.

Water tanks, solar panels and heat pumps are hardly obvious as they facilitate a low impact lifestyle.

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Caroline Pidcock is the Director of Pidcock Architecture and Sustainability, an award winning firm that was established in 1992 and has particular expertise in residential and community projects. Caroline's practice focusses on the design of sustainable architecture, following the philosophy of 'Living Buildings' and it's application to how we design our environment.

Over her career she has served as President for a wide variety of design organisations, including the NSW Architects Registration Board, the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. She is also involved in research and development of modular prefabricated flat-pack building systems through the company Origination which she established with David Pidcock in 2013.

John Mcinnerney is an Architect and Urban Designer, campaigner for sustainable environmental and social policies and current Chair of the Millers Point - Dawes Point - The Rocks - Walsh Bay - Residents Action Group. He is a past National President of the Planning Institute of Australia, former head planner for the City of Melbourne, Manager of Planning and Past Deputy Lord mayor for the City of Sydney and the ACT Commissioner for Land and Planning 1997-2004.

Location: Millers Point
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 25 October 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this privately owned residence, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: McInerney Pidcock Residence
  • Images Source: Caroline Pidcock

 

Highlights of Augusts QLD AAA Tours

In August the Australian Architecture Association explored some of Queensland's contemporary architecture on the AAA Sunshine Coast Residential Bus Tour, Saturday 29 August and it's first At Home With the Architect in QLD on Sunday 30 August.

Saturdays tour experienced five residential designs by three Queensland architects based in the Noosa region, Bark Design Architects, Teeland Architects and Robinson Architects. Sundays At Home With the Architect featured a house designed by Reddog Architects, with a bonus tour of Bud Brannigan’s Tweed River Art Gallery.

Below are some images of the buildings explored over the two days.

ROBINSON ARCHITECTS

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The first house featured in the AAA Residential Bus Tour was designed by Robinson Architects.

Located on an acreage in the Noosa Hinterland, ’Platypus Bend’ House was completed only recently. The house is elevated above the ground level, which is prone to flooding from a nearby creek and enjoys a private vista of surrounding bushland.

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Second residence of the day was also designed by Robinson Architects. The Lake Weyba Duplex in Noosaville was designed for a young family looking to develop a suburban block into their home with a second residence as an investment. Lake Weyba Duplex received the 2015 Queensland Regional Architecture Awards - Region Project of the Year.

TEELAND ARCHITECTS

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The third house on the tour designed by Teeland Architects, explored the re-purposing of a 70’s brick beach house located in Little Cove.

The redesign involved the updating of exterior elevations and adjustments to the planning of the interiors to provide more bedrooms, living spaces and amenity and sought to take greater advantage of rear views of subtropical rainforest.

BARK DESIGN ARCHITECTS

After a delicious lunch at Pitchfork Restaurant in Perigean Beach, the tour headed to the last two houses of the day designed by Bark Design Architects.

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The first of which was their Perigean Beach House, a renovation of an existing holiday home next to the beach.

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The final house of the tour located in the hills of Dulong was a new residence built for a couple who fell in love with the vista from their steeply sloping site. Divided into two pavilions linked by a large covered deck, all living areas and bedrooms take full advantage of the expansive view.

AT HOME WITH THE ARCHITECT

REDDOG ARCHITECTSREDDOG ARCHITECTS

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The first Queensland At Home With the Architect explored a residence designed by Brisbane firm Reddog Architects. Located in Chapel Hill, the existing house was extensively renovated for an expatriate family returning to Australia from living in Asia.

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Participants of the first QLD At Home With the Architect were offered the opportunity to take a bonus special tour of the Tweed River Art Gallery. Led by its designer architect Bud Brannigan, the tour explored the three stages of the galleries development including the latest addition of the Margaret Olley Art Centre and adjacent Artist studio and residence.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographs: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Reddog Architects ‘Chapel Hill House’
  • Image 2 (montage): Jolyon Robinson of Robinson Architects ‘Platypus Bend House’ Exterior & Ensuite
  • Image 3 (montage): Robinson Architects ‘Lake Weyba Duplex’ Exteriors
  • Image 4 (montage): David Teeland ‘Little Cove House’ Exterior & Ensuite
  • Image 5 (montage): Lindy Atkins and Stephen Guthrie of Bark Design Architects ‘Perigean Beach House’ Entry & Dining Space
  • Image 6 (montage): Bark Design Architects ‘Dulong House’ Exterior & Kitchen
  • Image 7 (montage): Reddog Architects ‘Chapel Hill House’ Exterior, Breezeway & Living Room
  • Image 8 (montage): Bud Brannigan ‘Tweed River Art Gallery’ Exterior & Artist Studio & Residence

 

Clive Wilkinson Talks About Workplace Design

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In August, the pioneering workplace designer, US based architect and interior designer, Clive Wilkinson, gave a presentation in Sydney as a guest of Taubmans Paints. Speaking at the annual Work Place / Work Life Conference he discussed how the way we work and our productivity is shaped by our environment.

Responsible for designing the workplaces of corporate giants such as Google, Nokia, Disney and Fox, Wilkinson has been one of the leaders in a revolution that has changed the way designers approach work place design.

When discussing the design of the contemporary office, Clive Wilkinson highlighted how lifestyle and work / life balance are driving a need for work places to become more energetic and inspiring and challenge ideas about the traditional concept of rows of desks overseen by office encased management.

He touched on how work place design now seeks to embody an office ‘culture’ that encourages team work, collaboration and cross-fertilisation of ideas. Social spaces such as staff kitchens, break out areas and meeting rooms are increasingly treated like the domestic living spaces or local coffee lounges and are located to reinforce a sense of community.

Throughout the talk Wilkinson illustrated these ideas with examples of completed projects by his firm Clive Wilkinson Architects which began in 1990s in Los Angeles California.

As a guest of Taubmans Clive Wilkinson was introduced by a representative of the company who discussed the launch of their new Colour Galaxy Fandeck and an initiative supporting Australian artists and designers called Off Canvas.

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THE TAUBMANS COLOUR FANTASY FANDECK

Australian designers are among the most trend-forward paint specifiers in the world, according to Taubmans, which launched the new Colour Galaxy Fandeck in June this year.

It has been 15 years since Taubmans released a new fandeck, and after extensive market research into how design professionals use their decks, the Colour Galaxy Fandeck was created as a tool to support the Taubmans Colour Galaxy online.

“Australian designers are increasingly inspiring their clients to make bold choices in paint,” said Head of Marketing - Trade, Trevor Lowder, “so we’ve designed a new fandeck which clearly presents both the classic and trend driven colours.”

The new Colour Galaxy Fandeck features 1505 hand-selected shades divided into two main sections. In the first section, “Whites, Neutrals and Mineral Tones”, you will find some old favourites plus new directional shades.

Taubmans is renowned for their well-considered whites and neutrals and this newly design Colour Galaxy Fandeck brings a robust selection of these colours to the front of the deck, making the colours easily accessible and the selection process much simpler for specifiers.

The second section, titled the Spectrum Colours takes its name from the hugely popular Spectrum Fandeck produced in 2000. The colours featured include both muted and clear palettes, featuring fantastic accent colours that capture both short term and long-term global colour trends. This section also incorporates 31 brand new colours that have been added to the Taubmans Colour Galaxy.

Every leaf in the Colour Galaxy Fandeck displays seven generous colour swatches. The leaves that feature whites have darker shades in the centre of each leaf layout, which acts as a handy guide to the nuances of the colours on either side of it.

The innovation continues through to the packaging of the Colour Galaxy Fandeck. The embossed black cover features a magnetic closure, making it both comfortable to use and easy to work with. It was imperative that this new packaging was as inspiring as it was functional to ensure it will become a go-to colour tool for design professionals. The isolator included with the Colour Galaxy Fandeck features black, grey and white backgrounds, providing additional contrasts to help select the perfect colour. The fact that the isolator is separate and not attached to the fandeck itself offers increased freedom when utilizing this tool.

Taubmans commissioned muralist Stephen Baker to create artwork for a limited edition Colour Galaxy Fandeck bag to celebrate the history of the brand. “The Painter” depicts an image of a sign painter in Stephen’s signature colour blocking style and was inspired by Taubmans’ founder, George Taubman. George, a Sydney sign writer, decided to create his own paint brand in 1901 to supply himself with the highest quality of paints needed for his trade.

Overall, a comprehensive and functional fandeck has been achieved that includes a well-considered and user-friendly palette brimming with classics and directional colours.

OFF CANVAS: TAUBMANS CELEBRATES A NEW BREED OF CREATIVES

In the late 1890s, George Henry Taubman, a Sydney sign writer, was dissatisfied with the quality of paints available in the Australian market. He decided to establish his own paint business, supplying himself with the highest quality paints needed for his trade. To pay tribute to this rich history and the revival of traditional trades, Taubmans launched a new campaign named Off Canvas that blurs the lines between art and trade to celebrate the creatives of today.

The Off Canvas program was launched at DEN Furniture + Design Fair in May with TJ Guzzardi, a Melbourne sign painter. The Taubmans stand at DEN fair was designed to resemble a traditional sign writer’s workshop, with TJ Guzzardi commissioned to paint signs throughout the event. TJ created works of the old and new Taubmans paint colour names such as “Mojo” and “Acid Rock” reviving his old art and paying homage to George Taubman.

To celebrate the launch of the new Colour Galaxy Fandeck, Taubmans commissioned muralist Stephen Baker to create the artwork for the fandeck bag, which is available to design professionals. “The Painter” artwork has been created exclusively for Taubmans by Stephen and is inspired by Taubmans’ founder, George Taubman and his sign writing trade.

TJ GUZZARDI

TJ Guzzardi has revived the almost forgotten art of sign writing from his workshop in Tullamarine, Melbourne. The workshop walls are adorned with his custom hand-painted signs and he has an impressive collection of vintage objects and furniture on display that feels as though it is still the 1950s.

Completely self-taught, TJ first dabbled in his art at the age of 15 when he started pinstriping in his father’s hot rod shop. Raised by parents that shared a love of vintage 1950s culture, TJ was exposed the lifestyle from a young age, where he developed his unique style and flair.

STEPHEN BAKER

Stephen Baker is a Melbourne-based artist and creative, best known for his hand painted mural adorning the Fitzroy Pool in Melbourne. Stephen’s style is distinctive, applying bold lines and colour blocking to create striking illustrations and artworks. His versatile approach enables him to produce both large and small-scale paintings that feature bold colour palettes and signature geometric shapes.

Stephen spent many years designing graphic art for various clothing brands in the street and commercial space where he developed an innate skill and love of screen-printing and repeat pattern making, which plays a major role in his artistic style today. Over time, Stephen has simplified his technique and has developed a distinctive style of line work that enables him to tell a story with less information, less line work, less colour and less shapes.

RONE

In September, Taubmans announced a new collaboration with acclaimed street artist Rone. Famous for his large-scale paintings of striking women, in particular the recurring image of his “Jane Doe”, Rone’s work depicts the meeting point between beauty and decay.

Rone is based at Everfresh Studio in Melbourne and began his career stencilling on skateboards and skate parks. Today, he travels the world to create major commissioned artworks.

After achieving wide recognition in the art industry, some of Rone’s works are now permanently housed in the National Gallery of Victoria and he is considered to be Melbourne’s most prolific street artist.

Visit http://www.offcanvas.com.au for a hub of visual inspiration and be sure to subscribe to be kept up to date with exciting new creative talent.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens &
  • Taubmans Media Release: Colour Galaxy & Off Canvas
  • Image 1: ‘The Barbarian Group Office, New York designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects’ (Photographer: Greg Endries)
  • Image 2 (Montage):‘Clive Wilkinson’ (Provided by Flaunt Marketing on behalf of Taubmans, Photographer: Greg Endries) / ‘Palette Teamworks,Los Angeles designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects’ & ‘The Barbarian Group Office, New York designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects’ (Sourced from Clive Wilkinson Architects website, Photographer: Greg Endries)
  • ‘Taubmans Colour Galaxy Fandeck’
  • (Provided by Flaunt Marketing on behalf of Taubmans)
  • ‘The creatives - TJ Guzzardi, stephen Baker & Rone’ (Sourced from http://www.build.com.au/taking-inspiration-past-future)

 

 

Sydney City Walk Discount in October

 

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Spring is upon us and it's time for a stroll through the city and look at Sydney's architectural masterpieces.

From the heritage Customs House and GPO to the contemporary skyscraper at 1 Bligh Street, you will hear the stories behind their design and discover the materials and details that make them special.

Better even, during the month of October, we are offering these two hour walks for a special price of $15!

Don't miss out and book now!

At Home With the Architect: Peter Muller's Castlecrag House

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This month's At Home with the Architect tour visits Castlecrag to explore a house by the celebrated Sydney Regionalist architect Peter Muller. Come and see this very special house known as the McArthur House. Listen to local architect Ben Gerstel, talk about the McArthur house and lead you through this special residence.

Peter Muller established his practice in 1953 and predominantly designed domestic architecture in Sydney. Peter was initially influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's organic philosophy of the relationship between the site and the architecture.

Some of Peter Muller's work includes the Hoyts Cinema Centre in Melbourne and in South Australia. Over his career he has designed over 50 houses around Australia and overseas including ‘The Michell House’ on Robe Terrace, Adelaide (1964) and the Head Office of I.P.E.C. in Frewville, Adelaide. Conversely, his works in Bali, Indonesia, where he first visited in 1970, such as the Oberoi and Amandari hotels had a strong cultural and spiritual presence.

Tour Details:
Location: Castlecrag
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 27 September 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this development, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

  • Article: Annette Dearing
  • Images: McArthur Residence
  • Images Source: Ben Gerstel

 

Melbourne At Home With the Architect Explores the Mornington Peninsula

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The AAA is partnering with the Robin Boyd Foundation and taking part in their open house series ‘Awards 2015: Redesigning the Family Home’. The first AAA opening will take place on the 8 November when you can discover the award winning Villa Marittima designed by architect Robin Williams.

Villa Marittima was designed by Robin Williams in 2014 and was the recent winner of the Australian Institute of Architects (Victoria) 2015 Architecture Award for Residential Architecture - Houses (New).

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An unconventional experiment in applying a Japanese inspired aesthetic of simplicity with ramped and horizontal interconnecting spaces, the design of the translucent polycarbonate clad home focuses on maximising light and the creation of visual and spacial links with the water and the surrounding beauty of the landscape.

At Home With the Architect Tour Details:
Time: 4.30pm - 6.00pm
Date: Sunday 8 November 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this unique home, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

For more information about the Robin Boyd Foundation ‘Awards 2015: Redesigning the Family Home’ click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Villa Marittima 2014 - sourced from Robin Williams Architect
  • Photographer: Dean Bradley

 

New Walking Adventures in Sydney

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The end of August heralded the unveiling of two new public amenities in Sydney. Barangaroo Reserve, located on the headland adjoining The Rocks, officially opened on Saturday 22 August and the Goods Line, located in Ultimo, opened on Sunday 30 August.

Barangaroo Reserve is the transformation of one of Sydney's oldest industrial sites into a parkland. The opening of the reserve allows access to part of Sydney Harbour's foreshore that has been closed to the public for over 100 years and is the first major public area of the $6 billion Barangaroo precinct to open. 

Named after the Cammeraygal companion of Bennelong, Barangaroo comprises of six hectares of harbour foreshore parkland. Features of the space include bush walks, grassed areas, lookouts, walking and cycle paths and tidal rock pools created from sandstone excavated directly from the Barangaroo site. A new cultural centre, the Cutaway, concealed within the headland is currently hosting an art installation by Brook Andrew called 'Stone - The Weight of History, The Mark of Time'.

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The Goods Line urban renewal project involved the transformation of a disused rail line into a public recreational space that acts as an east-west link between the city and Ultimo and one new north-south link connecting Ultimo/Darling Harbour and Central Station.

The Goods Line comprises of an elevated pedestrian walkway and cycle path that features recreational and entertainment spaces, grassed areas, a children’s water playground, table tennis tables, seating (including a communal table) and study pods nestled in trees.

If you are looking for a pleasant walk start your journey at Ultimo and wander the Goods Line, then head around the city edge through Darling Harbour, past Kings Wharf and down through the Barangaroo development to Barangaroo Reserve. 

Some of the architectural highlights include Frank Gehry's Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, the ongoing construction of the controversial International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney and plenary hall at Darling Harbour designed by Hassell in association with Populous, and Barangaroo South's International Towers comprising three commercial skyscrapers designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. The development of Barangaroo is not expected to be completed for some years so this portion of the walk is sure to be different on every iteration.

Want to know more about Barangaroo?

Why not join the Australian Architecture Association's next The Rocks Walk to gain an insight into the history of the area and explore the edges of the reserve.

Walk Details:
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Date: Saturday 3 October 2015

Click here to secure tickets for the walk.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images:
    Image 1: Barangaroo Reserve (Photographer - Vanessa Couzens)
    Image 2: The Goods Line urban renewal project (Photographer - Vanessa Couzens)

AAA Gets a New Member!

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Congratulations to AAA Committee member Vincent Lam and AAA Volunteer Connie Kwong on the happy new addition to their family. Alvar Lam was born on 22 August 2015, weighing in at just over three kilograms.

Vincent was amongst the first group of volunteers recruited for the Australian Architecture Association in 2004. In 2009 Vincent met Connie as a new volunteer taking part in AAA tour training. They were married in 2014.

Design enthusiasts in the All About Architecture readership will recognise the name Alvar as a reference to the famous twentieth century Finnish architect Alvar Alto. ‘Alvar’ is both a Finnish and Catalan name. Connie and Vincent were inspired to name their son after taking a trip to Europe in 2013 which started in Spain and concluded in Finland.

New Book - Visionaries In Suburbia

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‘Visionaries In Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape’ is a new publication that documents built and unbuilt projects in Sydney designed in the early twentieth century by American Landscape architect Walter Burley Griffin and his wife, architect Marion Mahony Griffin.

Compiled by the Walter Burley Griffin Society and edited by Anne Watson, the publication celebrates the Griffin’s unique contributions to Australian residential architecture. In particular their development Castlecrag, now an inner city ring suburb of Sydney, which presented a new vision for suburbia that celebrated the natural Australian environment.

Visionaries In Australia provides an insight into the Griffin’s time in Australia through a series of essays written by heritage specialists and Griffin home owners. Original plans, drawings and illustrations by the Griffins have been reproduced in the book as well as photographs documenting their partnership - both personal and professional.

Built projects in Castlecrag and beyond Castlecrag are documented in chronological order with background text, contemporary reproductions of the houses floor plans, and contemporary and archival photographs. Unbuilt projects are also documented with reproductions of original plans and illustrations.

Several years in the making Visionaries In Suburbia is a comprehensive survey of the Griffins Sydney work and will be one that admirers will want to add to their book collection.

Book Details:
ISBN:9780646935324
Bind Format: Paperback
Pages: 215
Cost: $59.95 (if ordered through the National Library of Australia Bookshop)

Click here to order your copy.

  • Review: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Visionaries In Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape cover

 

Special Mother's Day discounted walking tours

Treat your mum to a leisurely two hour walk around the Rocks on Saturday 9th May. Stroll with a trained knowledgable tour leader through this unique Sydney harbour suburb and see how heritage and contemporary architecture co-exists in harmony.

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Or join us on a tour through the City of Sydney, commencing in Customs House on the model of Sydney to visiting parts of the tank stream and then finding out about the excavation beneath the Botanic Gardens. So much to discover on these 2 walks.

Book here:

Sydney City Walk (10am, 9 May 2015)

The Rocks Walk (2 pm, 9 May 2015)

Sydney Indesign Is About To Take Over the City

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This August 13 – 15, get set for a super cool program of design events – from talks to launches, famous faces, competitions, collaborations, and installations. It’s the ultimate design resuscitation!

Not sure where to start? Here are a handful of great suggestions.

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WorkLife: Debate the future of the workplace

With talks already sold out, Indesign’s WorkLife seminar series is shaping up to be an exciting forum of debate, discussion and opinion. Join the discussion around contemporary approaches to privacy and connectivity in Acoustic Visual Environments, explore the possibilities of a workplace that reduces stress and encourages healthy living in Workplace Workout – plus more.

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Click here to browse the sessions and book your place.

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LiveLife Design Hunter® Series: Thought leaders share their insights on modern modes of living

For this year’s LiveLife series, presented by Habitus magazine, we welcome some of Australia’s best known creative identities. Join Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross, Ken Done, Fernella Kerbone, Gene Sherman, Koichi Takada and more, as they debate Longevity and icons; Art, design and architecture; Future living models and more. Also not to be missed is the Infinite Possibilities session at Cosentino, exploring texture, materiality and the emotional senses.

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Click here to browse the sessions and book your place.

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DQ RoundTable: From power personalities to trends du jour

DQ brings the industry’s top players to the table to talk design, business, people and products. Book your place at the Future of Authentic Design, join a cross-industry conference that explores the new Trend Du Jour – multi-disciplinary collaboration. We’re reaching sell-out on quite a few of our DQ RoundTable talks, so book quick!

Click here to browse the sessions and book your place.

Just by pre-registering for Sydney Indesign, you could go in the draw to win big! Click here to find out more.

  • Article Copy: Provided by Sydney Indesign

2015 Walk Discounts

Take advantage of the discounts being offered in 2015 for the AAA walking tours.

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Don’t miss out on the AAA Twilight Walk being offered in daylight saving for only $15 per person or the weekly run Sydney City Walk for $20 or even better purchase an early bird ticket for $15. A favourite tour is The Rocks Walk which meanders around the foreshores of Sydney harbour, see and hear about the development of Barangaroo and how Walsh Bay was redeveloped.

The abovenamed tours and many more are available throughout 2015. Book now!

Austral Bricks Supports the AAA As A New Sponsor

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The Australian Architecture Association takes great pleasure in announcing a new sponsor - Austral Bricks. Austral Bricks is proud to show its support of the operations of the AAA in promoting architecture and design in Australia.

Founded in 1908, Austral Bricks, one of the Australian-owned companies forming part of Brickworks Limited, is Australia’s largest, best-known and most efficient clay brick and paver manufacturer.

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The company has a well-established national presence with manufacturing and sales facilities in every state. It has long been at the forefront of product innovation and efficient, sustainable production. The introduction of robotic brick handling equipment and the ongoing pursuit of energy and resource efficiencies has enabled Austral Bricks to maintain its competitive edge.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Logo: provided by Austral Bricks
  • Image: Fashion designer Camilla Kaftan's Conceptual Project for Austral Bricks sourced from Austral Bricks 'Glazed: The Art of Ceramic Glazed Bricks' p.14-15

Discounts On All AAA Walks in February

The Australian Architecture Association invites one and all to enjoy it's 2015 walking tour program which launched this February.

For over a decade the AAA has been helping people to understand architecture and design and to celebrate this, throughout the year we will be offering some great special discounts on a variety of our tours.

On offer in February are special discounts on the Twilight Walk, Sydney City Walk, Walk Through Time and Redfern Walk. Learn more about the walks below:

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Twilight Walk

February is the month to discover the romance of Sydney's CBD as dusk sets the colours of the city aglow. Over 90 minutes, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the CBD of our harbour city and discover some of the key architecture that has helped shape perceptions of Sydney.

This month all Twilight Walks are a bargain you won't want to miss out on!

Tour Details:
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Dates:
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Wednesday 18 February 2015
Wednesday 25 February 2015
Cost: $15.00 (Public) / $10.00 (Senior / Student) / AAA Members Free
Click on the above dates to book your tour.

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Sydney City Walk

Enjoy over a 30% discount off Sydney City Walks in February and discover how international styles and the Australian landscape inspired iconic architects such as Harry Seidler. Learn about how historic buildings are being adapted to suit the needs of contemporary society and learn how sustainability is being implemented in the new buildings emerging in the cities skyline.

Tour Details:
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Dates:
Saturday 14 February 2015
Saturday 21 February 2015
Saturday 28 February 2015
Cost: $15.00 (Early Bird Public) / $20.00 (Public) / $15.00 (Senoir / Student) / AAA Members Free
Click on the dates to book your place on the tour.

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Walk Through Time

As you take a leisurely stroll through the city, your experienced AAA guide will help you to discover the history and culture that influenced the development of Sydney's built form. Enjoy over a 30% discount on your Walk Through Time as you learn how architectural styles and building materials have evolved over 200 years.

Tour Details:
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date:
Wednesday 18 February 2015
Cost: $20.00 (Public) / $15.00 (Senior / Student) / AAA Members Free
Click on the date to book your place on the tour.

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Redfern Walk

From an area known more for industry and public housing, the introduction of new government business schemes, changes to the demographic and the real estate pressures of its inner city location, Redfern is fast becoming home to a generation of cultural creatives.

This 2 hour architecture walk explores the changing landscape of Redfern's built environment. This transformation is epitomised by the presence of award winning designer homes and commercial premises, sate of the art community facilities and a potpourri of retro shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

Tour Details:
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date:
Sunday 22 February 2015
Cost: $20.00 (Public) / $15.00 (Senior / Student) / AAA Members Free
Click on the date to book your place on the tour.

Interested in booking your very own private tour with an experienced AAA guide? In the past the AAA has provided customised walking tours for organisations such as commercial businesses, community and cultural groups, universities and schools. Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images:
    Twilight Tour: Sydney's city skyline - Photographer: Vincent Lam
    Sydney City Walk: '1 Bligh' - Photographer: Vanessa Couzens
    Walk Through Time: 'Hilton Hotel Reflections' - Photographer: Vincent Lam
    Redfern Walk: 'The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence' - Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

 

New Book On Contemporary Australian Architecture

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'Materiality: Brick and Block In Contemporary Australian Architecture' released in June 2015 presents a fascinating case study into how Australian Architects are experimenting with bricks and blockwork in the design of buildings.

Commissioned by Brickworks Building Products and edited by Sydney writer Ron Ringer, the 570 page publication illustrates the art and artistry of designers and architects working in Australia today.

Featured in the book are 60 projects by Australia’s leading and emerging architects as well as illustrated essays and technical articles by 20 distinguished academics and industry practitioners.
Chosen in consultation with contributors, each case study and essay makes a bold statement about the Australian home and workplace. Architects and designers also share practicalities and insights of working with one of Australia’s most diverse and sustainable building materials.

“With Ron’s understanding of the medium coupled with his passion for Australian architecture, we’ve created an inspiring new book that really captures the essence of Australia’s ongoing obsession with brick and block,” says Brett Ward, General Manager Marketing Brickworks Building Products who commissioned the project.

Retailing under $100, 'Materiality: Brick and Block In Contemporary Australian Architecture' can be ordered inshore and online through bookstores such as Architext  and bookworld.com.au.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Cover of 'Materiality: Brick and Block In Contemporary Australian Architecture'

More work where you live

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Location, location, location has always been important for selecting workplaces but the measure of success may no longer be enticing, client-enhancing views. Proximity to public transport, shopping centres especially if they have good parking, cafes serving healthy food, welcoming bars and reliable Wi-Fi places are the new markers, at least for a growing form of working: co-working.

A whole range of small businesses, sole practitioners, teams from the same company or different companies working on the same project, or disparate individuals overlapping in the same space, end up collaborating via the fortuitous interactions of what co-workers call “accelerated serendipity”. They can rent space on a permanent basis or flexibly, working by the week or day, or even hour. Some of the spaces specialise in tech start-ups, while others cater for all-comers, mixing video and website designers, photographers, architects, writers, fitness experts, graphic designers, digital marketers, event organisers. There is ergonomic furniture, especially chairs, desks and communal tables, but research by the Sydney Design Hub found that most of all members want to be able to connect with each other, to talk ideas and how to action them, in a cooperative setting.

June’s Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC pronounced Juicy), in Sydney, was a mix of orthodox conference and informal discussions emerging from participants’ ideas. This way of working is becoming more popular, as respectful day-to-day work flows are heightened by the anticipation of who knows what emerging businesses. It may seem improbable but it is exciting especially in this day and age of increasingly intransigent unemployment. There were well over 150 participants at GCUC. Speakers came from community, government, real estate, corporate and academic research organisations and businesses.

This looser form of activity-based working draws on its locality and flourishing design ideas from the working space members themselves. No hub is the same though they all need to have essential power and furniture. For example, the Design Hub on William Street has synthetic turf and deck chairs because members indicated they wanted a Bondi vibe. With traffic congestion and long commuting times from the disjuncture between where you live and where you work, and a greater desire for more contact with family and friends all spurring things onward, the need to have jobs closer to home is only likely to grow.

Co-working spaces are opening up in regional areas and the suburbs; researchers and planners are monitoring the consolidation of CBDs in Liverpool, Blacktown and Penrith in particular. Architects and designers take note. Co-workers are starting to enact what they believe is the cutting-edge of the future of work.

  • Article: Deborah Singerman @deborahsingerma | Twitter
  • Image: коворкинг-пространство Зона действия, 30 March 2012, Zonaspace coworking in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Casual, creative atmosphere. [online image] Commons Wikipedia, Available at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Zonaspace-coworking-atmosphere.jpg, Accessed 6 August 2015

Book Tickets Now for the August Residential Bus Tour

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The Australian Architecture Association is excited to announce their next interstate Residential Bus Tour, taking place on the final weekend of August 2015. This year the AAA explores contemporary residences on the Sunshine Coast.

Enjoy visits to projects designed by such architects as Bark Design, Bud Brannigan Architects, Reddog Architects and Robinson Architects.

This is an all day bus tour with lunch provided.

Tour Details:
Date: Saturday 29 August 2015
Time: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (Public) / $180 (AAA Members)

As a bonus for attendees we are in the process of arranging our first self drive 'At Home With the Architect' for Sunday 30 August. Only Bus Tour attendees will enjoy a special discount ticket at the cost of $20 to attend.

Book either a ticket for Saturdays Residential Bus tour or a dual ticket including At Home With The Architect by clicking here. The QLD tours are popular and tickets will sell out fast! Book your tour tickets, flights and accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

Note: For those travelling interstate (or internationally) and planning to take advantage of both days of extraordinary contemporary design, the AAA recommends flying into Noosa on Friday and flying out of Brisbane after 5pm on Sunday 30 August.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Exterior of the Lake Weyba Duplex designed by Robinson Architects, winner of the 2015 Queensland Regional Architecture Awards - Region Project of the Year.
  • Photographer: Alain Bouvier

 

AAA Member Discount on eClassroom Talks

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The brand new tax year has just begun and it's a great time to make an early start on your continuing professional development. AAA partner eClassroom has added two Australian Architecture Association talks to its online collection: Tone Wheeler of Environa Studio talking about their award winning design the Wayside Chapel and Julian Lipscombe of UK firm Bennetts Associates Architects talking about their urban regeneration project at Kings Cross in London. AAA members receive a special discount.

Short Black: Architects In Their Space Talk - Tone Wheeler

Featured on the evening of Thursday 16 April, Tone Wheeler of Environa Studio showcased how the unique community building, the Wayside Chapel, was designed and constructed.

Winner of the AIA (Australian Institute of Architects) NSW Architecture Awards 2014 Lord Mayor's Prize and the Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture 2014, the Wayside Chapel was also the winner of the IDEA Interior Design Excellence Awards - Sustainability Award 2014, and was previously awarded the 2004 Francis Greenway Society Green Building Gold Medal.

The Wayside Chapel, located in Potts Point, is an inner city refuge that offers a variety of social programs to the community and Sydney's marginalised citizens. Environa Studio worked on the premises for close to fifteen years, much of the time pro bono.

The design adhers to practices ethos of 'Long life, loose fit, low impact', with the spaces within the building specifically designed to easily enable users to adjust and adapt spaces to meet changing needs over time.

Click here to view the talk on eClassroom.

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Black Talk - Julian Lipscombe 'A Pulsating New Heart For London'

Cited in an article by Elizabeth Farrelly in the Sydney Morning Herald, as an exemplary model for good urban planning, the transformation of Kings Cross was the primary topic of a AAA Black Talk by international architect Julian Lipscombe on Wednesday 6 August 2014.

Julian Lipscombe is an award winning English architect and director of the firm Bennetts Associates Architects. Julian's talk by describes the extraordinary story of the Kings Cross site with a cast list including Sir George Gilbert Scott, Google, Jamie Oliver, Eurostar, Queen Victoria, Sir David Chipperfield, 5000 arts students and many others.

Kings Cross is one of the most dynamic areas of central London at present, if not Northern Europe. A transformative redevelopment is integrating the wonders of its rich heritage with stunning new developments to form a distinctive, energised, creative and well connected heart to the city.

Julian discussed the central role that Bennetts Associates is playing in the development through four major projects that also cover the breadth of the practices' work. These include one of the most sustainable buildngs in the UK and conversion of listed railway building into a food destination and media events venue.

Click here to view the talk on eClassroom.

Don't forget that Australian Architecture Association members receive a special discount on all AAA talks. Join today!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Wayside Chapel Photograph: Provided by Environa Studio / Photographer: Owen Zhu
  • Kings Cross Photograph: Provided by Bennetts Associates Architects

AAA Residential Bus Tour - Sydney

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Explore some of the Sydney’s most interesting new and renovated contemporary residential architecture. The next AAA Residential Bus Tour takes place on Saturday 21 November. Hear about the design process from the architects of the houses and see firsthand the value of good design.

Practices featured on the day include: Bijl Architecture, Connor + Solomon Architects, Ben Gerstel Architecture, Jorge Hrdina Architects and Marston Architects.

This is an all day bus tour with lunch provided.

Tour Details:

Date: Saturday 21 November 2015

Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm

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

Don't miss out on securing your place on the tour tickets sell out fast! Click here.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing
  • Images: Castle Cove House by Marston Architects (provided by the Vivianne Marston)

Early-Bird Tickets Available for Sydney At Home With the Architect

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This month's At Home with the Architect tour visits Coogee to explore the conversion of an Art Deco duplex into a single home. Designed by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects the residence consolidates the existing character of the residence with the contemporary needs of a young family. 

Madeleine began her practice Madeleine Blanchfield Architects in 2009 after working as Associate Director at BKH (Burley Katon Halliday). The small studio based in Surry Hills works primarily on residential design and small commercial fit-out projects.

Since the firms inception they have been the recipient of industry awards and been published widely both online and in the printed media. The Coogee Residence was the recent winner of Randwick City Council's Architecture and Urban Design Awards 2015 - Dwelling Houses: Alterations and Additions category.

As you explore the exteriors and interiors, discover through a conversation with Madeleine Blanchfield, how the home was conceived, designed and built.

Tour Details
Location: Coogee
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 23 August 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)
Don't miss your opportunity to experience this development, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Coogee Residence
  • Images Source: Madeleine Blanchfield Architects
  • Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

AAA August Residential Bus Tour Visits the Sunshine Coast

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The Australian Architecture Association's next interstate Residential Bus Tour, takes place on the final weekend of August 2015. This year the AAA explores contemporary residences on the Sunshine Coast.

Enjoy visits to projects designed by such architects as Bark DesignTeeland Architects and Robinson Architects.

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This is an all day bus tour with lunch provided.

Tour Details:
Date:
Saturday 29 August 2015
Time:
9.00am - 5.30pm
Tickets:
$195 (Public) / $180 (AAA Members)

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As a bonus for Residential Bus Tour attendees, for an extra $20 tour participants can also enjoy the AAA's special Queensland 'At Home With The Architect'.

On Sunday 30 August the At Home With the Architect visits a contemporary residence designed by Reddog Architects, followed by a special tour of Tweed River Reginal Art Gallery by the designer Brisbane architect Bud Brannigan. For more information about At Home With the Architect, click here.

Book either a ticket for Saturdays Residential Bus tour or a dual ticket including At Home With The Architect by clicking here. The QLD tours are popular and tickets will sell out fast! Book your tour tickets, flights and accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

Note: For those travelling interstate (or internationally) and planning to take advantage of both days of extraordinary contemporary design, the AAA recommends flying into Noosa on Friday and flying out of Brisbane or the Gold Coast after 5pm on Sunday 30 August.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Exterior of the Pomona House designed by Robinson Architects. Photographer: Alain Bouvier.
  • Image 2: Little Cove House 2 designed by David Teeland Architects. Image provided by David Teeland.
  • Image 3: Exterior of the Lake Weyba Duplex designed by Robinson Architects, winner of the 2015 Queensland Regional Architecture Awards - Region Project of the Year.Photographer: Alain Bouvier.

 

At Home With The Architect Visits Griffin & Mahony Griffin Residences

The Australian Architecture Association has a very special 'At Home With The Architect' on offer in June. This month you have the opportunity to visit two privately owned historic residences designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. Explore Fishwick House and Felstead House, located in the delightful leafy suburb of Castlecrag.

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The first house to be featured on the day is Felstead House, which was the Griffin's first private commission in Castlecrag and was built in 1924. The house is quite different to other Griffin / Mahony Griffin houses in the area, in that it utilised the Griffin's design for a modularised concrete block construction system - that is referred to as 'knitlock'.

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The second residence Fishwick House, was another private commission constructed in 1929. Built from locally quarried sandstone blocks and situated on a steeply sloped, elevated site with expanisve views across bushland to the harbour, the house is regarded as one of the finest and most in tact Griffin houses.

Location: Castlecrag, NSW
Please note that the addresses of the first residences will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Felstead House - Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Fishwick House - Time: 12.15pm - 1.15pm
Date: Sunday 28 June 2015
Tickets: $40 (Early Bird) / $50 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience these unique residences, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

  • Article: Annette Dearing & Ben Gerstel
  • Images: Sourced from Australian Architecture Association image collection
  • Image 1: Felstead House
  • Image 2: Fishwick House

Last Chance To Book the Sydney At Home With the Architect

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This month's At Home with the Architect tour visits the Garden Pavilion which has transformed the site of a late Victorian home in inner-city Sydney into a garden oasis.

Taking a stand-alone underused garden, Welsh + Major Architects who established their practice in 2004 in Sydney, have designed a flexible series of indoor and outdoor spaces, integrating the house with its surroundings.

The project is conceived with the garden at its centre. The flexible "garden room" is designed to blur the boundaries between garden and architecture. It bookends a lush central garden space with the garden flowing around and through the structure. It is a quiet room, entertaining space and extra accommodation.

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The built forms sit low within the site, wrapping around existing trees and folding down to the boundary. A modulated concrete roofline lifts the gaze to district views beyond. The roof folds and floats, playing with ideas of enclosure and lightness; solidity and transparency. Internal spaces are permeable, defined by floor and ceiling planes rather than walls.

The garden is loosely structured and designed to occupy, rather than edge, the yard. Small outdoor areas around the house and the garden room are reclaimed as both living spaces and green backdrops.

The Garden Project won the 2014 NSW AIA Architecture Award for small projects and 2014 Houses Awards in the outdoor category.

Location: Annandale
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be emailed to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 19 July 2015
Tickets: $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Click here to book now!

  • Article: Annette Dearing
  • Photographer: Brett Boardman

Special MCA Offer for 'All About Architecture' Readers

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The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Australia is offering 'All About Architecture' readers a special discount on tickets to their latest exhibition 'Light Show'. Taking place between the 16 April - 5 July 2015, 'Light Show' is the perfect compliment to Sydney's current 'Vivid Festival'.

Spectacular sculptures and installations light up Sydney, following record attendances in London and Auckland.

Experience rooms filled with colour and watch as multitudes of twinkling illumination points coalesce into shifting scenes. This immersive, multisensory exhibition shows the variety of ways that artists around the world have worked with light as a sculptural form.

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'Light Show' features works from the 1960s to the present day by 17 major international artists, including Dan Flavin, Bill Culbert, Jenny Holzer and James Turrell. Ranging from atmospheric installations to sculptures that you can move around and even through, 'Light Show' invites you to experience the spatial and sensory effects of light in a myriad of forms.

Light show will be open late (9pm) every night during Vivid Sydney (22 May - 8 June).

For Australian Architecture Association audiences, the MCA is offering a special 20% discount off tickets online. Redeem this special offer by clicking here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & MCA promotional text
  • Images: Provided by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
  • Image 1: Francois Morellet - 'Lamentable' (2006)
  • Image 2: Carlos Cruz-Diez - 'Chromosaturation' (1965-2015)

 

AAA To Take Part In Sydney Indesign

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August is a great month to explore Sydney's design scene. Sydney Indesign takes place Thursday 12 August - Saturday 15 August and the AAA is partnering in the event with a special talk on opening night called 'Size Matters'.

Styled on the dynamic format of PechaKucha short talks, three award winning Sydney architects have been invited to discuss if size really matters!

Taking part in the talk are:
Paul Connor - Director of Connor + Solomon Architects - 'Exploring big Buildings, big Paintings and big personalities'

Connor + Solomon was founded in 1996 by architects Paul Connor and Anthony Solomon, the practice offers talents in graphic presentation, sustainable design, masterplanning and interior design. Paul Connor, is both an architect and a talented painter. Early in his career he worked with internationally renowned late twentieth century modernist style architects John Andrews and Bruce James, collaborating with them on a wide range of award winning projects. He later pursued his passion for art completing a research masters in Fine Art. In addition to running his architectural practice he has taught and presented talks on Architecture and Fine Art here in Australia as well as overseas at such institutions as the Academie des Architectes Cité Internationale Des Arts studio.

Caroline Pidcock - Director of Caroline Pidcock Architects - 'Good things come in small packages'

Caroline Pidcock Architects is an award winning firm that was established in 1992 and has particular expertise in residential and community projects. Caroline's practice focusses on the design of sustainable architecture, following the philosophy of 'Living Buildings' and it's application to how we design our environment. Over her career she has served as President for a wide variety of design organisations, including the NSW Architects Registration Board, the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. She is also involved in research and development of modular prefabricated flat-pack building systems through the company Origination which she established with David Pidcock in 2013.

Tone Wheeler - Director of Environa Studio - 'Big / small / big / small....'

Founded in 1986, Environa Studio is a medium size practice headed by principal architects Tone Wheeler and Jan O'connor. Environa studio undertakes a variety of projects that include urban design, civic and commercial buildings, group and individual housing for public and private clients. The practice has made sustainability the core of its work, and the driving force for their design philosophy and Environa Studio has won numerous awards and competitions for design and sustainability. Outside of his architectural practice Tone Wheeler is also an author, educator, radio personality and sustainability consultant. He is also the current President of the Australian Architecture Association.

Talk Details:
Time:
5.30pm - 6.30pm
Date: Thursday 13 August 2015
Location: 'The Indesign Podium' at Galleria: Australian Technology Park, Bay 10 – 14, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh
Tickets: $20 Early Bird / $25 Public / $10 AAA Members & Concession/Student
Note: AAA Corporate Members can attend for free

Don't miss out on what promises to be a lively and fast paced exploration of design and scale. Click here to book your tickets.

SydneyIndesign logo Pink CMYK

Indesign: The Event has been held annually in design centres across the Asia Pacific for over a decade. In every city, Indesign: The Event is distinguished by a coming together of boutique commercial design houses, international and regional, and leading creative figures from the architecture and design industry. Formerly named ‘Saturday in Design’, the event was first held in Sydney in 2003, founded by Indesign Media Asia Pacific, architecture and design media company, publishers of Indesign, Habitus and DQ magazines, amongst others.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Vanessa Couzens

Melbourne Architours: June Walking Tours

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Australian Architecture Association partner, Melbourne Architours share our passion for helping people to understand and appreciate architecture and design.

This month Melbourne Architours invite you on a walking tour that explores the much celebrated eastern slope of the Yarra around the Eaglemont / Ivanhoe area. Highlights of the walk include the Heidleberg School of Art, inspirational Walter Burley Griffins' housing estates and a number of fabulous examples of 20th century architecture, from the turn of the century to modernism.

Tour Details: [sub]urban Eaglemont walking tour
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Saturday 13 June 2015
Click here to book your place on the tour.

Places on Melbourne Architour's events are limited, book early to avoid disappointment!

  • Tour Details: Melbourne Architours
  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image & Logo: Provided by Melbourne Architours

 

At Home With The Architect Visits Griffin & Mahony Griffin Residences

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The Australian Architecture Association has a very special 'At Home With The Architect' on offer in June. This month you have the opportunity to visit two privately owned historic residences designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. Explore Fishwick House and Felstead House, located in the delightful leafy suburb of Castlecrag.

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The first house to be featured on the day is Felstead House, which was the Griffin's first private commission in Castlecrag and was built in 1924. The house is quite different to other Griffin / Mahony Griffin houses in the area, in that it utilised the Griffin's design for a modularised concrete block construction system - that is referred to as 'knitlock'.

The second residence Fishwick House, was another private commission constructed in 1929. Built from locally quarried sandstone blocks and situated on a steeply sloped, elevated site with expanisve views across bushland to the harbour, the house is regarded as one of the finest and most in tact Griffin houses.

Location: Castlecrag, NSW
Please note that the addresses of the first residences will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Felstead House - Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Fishwick House - Time: 12.15pm - 1.15pm
Date: Sunday 28 June 2015
Tickets: $40 (Early Bird) / $50 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience these unique residences, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

  • Article: Annette Dearing & Ben Gerstel
  • Images: Sourced from Australian Architecture Association image collection
  • Image 1: Felstead House
  • Image 2: Fishwick House

Visit the AAA Stall At the Castlecrag Community Fair 2015

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On Sunday 7 June Castlecrag will be holding its community fair and this year the Australian Architecture Association can be found among its stalls.

Pay us a visit and learn more about our exciting program of tours and talks.

In celebration of the day, local architect and AAA volunteer tour guide Ben Gerstel, will lead a special tour highlighting some of the architectural treasures that grace this picturesque suburb.

Tour Details:
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Date: Sunday 7 June 2015
Cost: $20 (public) / $10 (senior & student) / free to AAA Members
Note: AAA Members can redeem their free tickets by entering their AAA membership number in the 'promotional code' section. Students to provide their concession cards on the day.

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Ben Gerstel
  • Image Source: The Australian Architecture Association

 

At Home With The Architect Visits Arlington Grove By Smart Design Studio

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This month the Australian Architecture Association's Open House series, 'At Home With The Architect', explores a new residential precinct in Dulwich Hill, master planned by Smart Design Studio.

'Arlington Grove', developed by the Galileo Group, consists of 246 well-planned apartments arrayed around a series of courtyards and lanes. With a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments associated amenities such as a cafe, access to a greenway and Arlington tram line, Arlington Grove is a great example of the growing trend for higher density living in the inner west of Sydney.

Established in 1997, Smart Design Studio is a multi-discipline design studio of 35 plus staff offering professional services in architecture, interior architecture and design. Smart Design Studio's portfolio includes master-planning for urban centres, multi-unit residential developments, private dwellings, retail and commercial fitouts, as well as product design.

William Smart is the founder and Creative Director of Smart Design Studio and is directly involved in every project, contributing at all stages from design to final delivery. His buildings have received critical acclaim, many prestigious awards and have been widely published in architectural and other publications.

Don't miss out on learning how Arlington Grove was conceived, designed and built.

Location: Dulwich Hill
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 31 May 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this development, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

 

InHouseGroup3 Talk By Alex Richie

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On Thursday 7 May, Australian Architecture Association partner InHouseGroup3 is holding a free talk at YellowKorner. Creative Director of e2, Alex Richie, will be discussing 'Movement, Shadow & Reflection in Architectural Photography'.

Alex is a brand strategist and designer with 30 years experience in multidisciplinary design thinking within the build environment. He is the founding and Creative Director of e2 Australia. Richie started e2 in 2006 with the vision to build a creative thinking design consultancy with the idea of being strategically driven, creatively led and brand obsessed.

Over the last 8 years, since starting e2, he has led local and international branding and built customer experience environments for some of Australia and Asia's leadning brands - including ANZ, Standard Chartered Bank, Qantas, BUPA, Blackberry, Vodafone, Lendlease, Dexus, Virgin Mobile, Apple, Westfield, BIG W, Masters, Pac Brands, Rebel Sport, Hyundai and Samsung.

The e2 Group has two key hubs in Australia: Melbourne and Sydney.

Alex has been invited to speak and facilitate at industry events and forums, including the Adobe 2014 Conference, AGIdeas, AGDA, Green Cities Summit, Sydney Property Council, Sydney Design Week, Melbourne State of Design Festival and the Experience Marketing Summit. In 2012 Alex was named one of Australia and New Zealand's top 20 leading creative executives.

Talk Location: YellowKorner - 500 Oxford Street, Westfield Bondi Junction, NSW 2022
Time: 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Date: Thursday 7 May 2015

Book your place at the talk by clicking here.

 

  • Article Content: Vanessa Couzens and InHouseGroup3
  • Image Source: Alain H Chazelles website
  • Image: Alex Richie - Creative Director e2
  • Photographer: Alex Pattern

 

Melbourne Architours: May Walking Tours

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Australian Architecture Association partner, Melbourne Architours share our passion for helping people to understand and appreciate architecture and design.

This month Melbourne Architours are collaborating with the National Trust Heritage Festival 2015. You are invited to experience a range of walking tours exploring the built environment of Melbourne.

May Tours:

Tour Details: National Trust Heritage Festival 2015: 'If Only - The Politics of Place' CBD Walking Tour
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Saturday 9 May 2015 and Tuesday 19 May 2015
Click here to book your place on the tour.

Tour Details: No Risk! A Century of Dense Living in South Yarra - Walking Tour
Time: 9.00am - 10.30am
Date: Thursday 14 May 2015
Click here to book your place on the tour.

Tour Details: National Trust Heritage Festival 2015: 'That Doesn't Fit: The Politics of Preservation' CBD Walking Tour
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Friday 22 May 2015
Click here to book your place on the tour
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Places on Melbourne Architour's events are limited, book early to avoid disappointment!

  • Tour Details: Melbourne Architours
  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image & Logo: Provided by Melbourne Architours

 

Sydney: At Home With The Architect Visits Marrickville

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This month the Australian Architecture Association's Open House series, 'At Home With The Architect', visits Marrickville to explore a house designed by multi-award winning firm Drew Heath Architects.

Short listed in 2014 Houses Awards, this small house is a remaking of a cottage. Located on a triangular site it presents a one storey building to the street that hides a voluminous courtyard house, that cleverly utilises recycled materials and energy saving strategies.

Discover through a conversation with the architect, how the house was conceived, designed and built.

House Location: Marrickville
Please note that the address will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 26 April 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this house, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Exterior View of the Maloney House, Marrickville, designed by Drew Heath Architects
  • Source: Image provided by Drew Heath Architects
  • Photographer: Owen Zhu

 

Discover Italian Architecture and Design On A Study Tour in 2015

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International study tours are a unique opportunity for architects, designers and design enthusiasts to enhance their knowledge of and appreciation for a particular geographical area or topic. Appreciating this fact, AAA member, interior designer, editor of Grand Designs Australia and Italophile, Kate St James has again curated a tour to Italy especially orientated towards architects and designers.

This tour focuses on architecture and landscape in several locations in Italy, including but not limited to Cinque Terre, Carrara marble mines, Venice and Vincenza.

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It is Kate's personal experience living in and travelling through Italy that was the catalyst for these tours that she creates specifically for the design industry in conjunction with trusted colleagues in Italy.

In 2015 bookings are still available for the October study tour.

'Our program draws on our wide network of scholars and colleagues, who have tailored the tour to the interests of our participants', said Kate. 'This 14 day program is the result of extensive research by our Italian partners and is designed for those who have an interest in architecture and design which goes beyond the standard guidebooks, visiting destinations covering multiple disciplines, structures and geographic areas. Of course we include pauses for leisure and personal exploration of la dolce vita too, as no visit to Italy should be purely academic'.

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You will also have unprecedented access to signifcant sites and you will be in great company, enhancing your experiences with debate and input from your co-coordinators, hosts and study colleagues with a wide expertise in a variety of disciplines.

This once-in-a-lifetime journey focuses on gems of architecture, presenting rich layers of urban history with on-site visits, offering insight into urban changes and the challenges of historic preservation and adaptive re-use of landmark structures to resolve contemporary urban difficulties in a country overflowing with superb cultural moments.

For more information, itinerary and pricing contact:
Annette Dearing
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  • Images: provided by Kate St James
  • Image 1: Cinque Terra
  • Image 2: Carrara marble mine
  • Image 3: Venice

 

 

Melbourne Architours: April Walking Tour

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Australian Architecture Association partner, Melbourne Architours share our passion for helping people to understand and appreciate architecture and design.

This month Melbourne Architours invite you on a walking tour to learn about Melbourne's evolution through its building fabric, on the Thematic Architecture CBD Walking Tour #1

Tour Details: Thematic Architecture CBD Walking Tour #1
Time: 10.00am - 11.30am
Date: Saturday 11 April 2015

Click here to visit the Melbourne Architour's booking page. Places on Melbourne Architour's events are limited, book early to avoid disappointment!

  • Tour Description: Melbourne Architours
  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image & Logo: Provided by Melbourne Architours

 

Residential Bus Tour - April 2015

Don't miss out on the first AAA Open House Residential Bus Tour for 2015 on Saturday 11 April.

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Enjoy a relaxing and informative day exploring inside some of the most interesting new and renovated contemporary residential architecture in the inner suburbs of Sydney. Featured on the day will be residences designed by such architects as Connor + Solomon Architects, Sam Crawford Architects, and David Boyle Architects.

Meet the architects and learn about how the houses were designed and built.

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

Tour Details:
Date: Saturday 11 April 2015
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
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 on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Exterior of the Llewelyn Street House designed by Connor + Solomon architects. Photographer: Luc Redmond

 

AAA launches a mew tour - The Northbridge Walk

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On Saturday 6 December 2014 the Australian Architecture Association launched a new addition to its program of Sydney walking tours - The Northbridge Walk.

The Association's Vice President, architect Ben Gerstel, developed the walk as he knows this area well. It is a circular walk, starting and finishing at Bonds Corner Cafe on Sailors Bay Road.

Since it was the inaugural walk, Ben arranged for the new Mayor Councillor of Willoughby City Council, Gail Giles-Gidney, to launch it. The walk was a great success, albeit very hot! There were 20 attendees along with members of the AAA committee.

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17 houses are on the tour and the group were lucky enough to be invited into one of these houses. The house was the Snelling House designed by Douglas Snelling. The owner heard Ben talking about the house and he opened his front door to us. The house was designed in the 1950's and renovated by Alec Tzannes in 1996. It is a wonderful house as it steps down the site to Sailors Bay.

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There are a wide variety of houses on the tour by some of Sydney's big names like Harry Seidler, Luigi Rosselli, Jorge Hrdina and  even an ex prime minister's house. Also on the walk are amazing views of Middle Harbour.

At the end of the tour, the mayor spoke a few encouraging words about the relevance of the AAA and the importance of this association and what it delivers to the public of Sydney. To mark the occasion, also at the end of the tour, canapés and drinks were organised through the Bonds Corner Cafe and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

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The next Northbridge Walk takes place on Saturday 6 June. To book your place on the tour click here.

 

  • Article: Ben Gerstel
  • Image 1: Mayor Councillor Gale Giles-Gidney launches the Northbridge Walk at Bonds Corner Cafe. Photographer: Vincent Lam
  • Image 2: An unexpected opportunity to explore Snelling House. Photographer: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 3: Tour attendees admire the Lilypad House designed by Jorge Hrdina Architects. Photographer Vincent Lam.
  • Image 4: Mayor Councillor Gale Giles-Gidney with AAA Vice President Ben Gerstel and AAA Committee Member Annette Dearing. Photographer: Vincent Lam

 

Free CPD Event - La Escandella Ceramica

LA ESCANDELLA CERAMICA: SPAIN AND AUSTRALIA - BRICKS, LIGHT AND LANDSCAPE

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Join Australian Architecture Association partner InHouseGroup3 for La Escandella Ceramica a free design event celebrating Spanish and Australian design.

Speaking on the evening will be Dr Stephen Collier. Dr Collier is a registered architect and urban designer with over 25 years experience in interiors, architecture and urban design. He was born in Papua New Guinea and spent the first 10 years of his life there. His childhood in pre-independence PNG made a lasting impression on Collier but after leaving in 1976, his memories were his only point of connection to the country, its landscape and its people. After visiting Oro Province in 2014, he joined SEAM (Sustain Education Art Melanesia), bringing an architectural eye and philosophy to the organisation's efforts. He is also the architect of SEAM's pilot project called Wanskul/Schoolmate.

Wanskul/Schoolmate consists of a small central hub/box to house resource materials, a small library, equipment, computers etc. When closed it will be secure and weather-proof; opened, it will reveal shelves and a fold-out work space for the computers. This lockable box will be housed beneath a flexible roof, designed for energy and water collection. Beneath this roof, and around this resource hub, the community will build flooring, platforms and working surfaces from their own traditional building materials.

In the 1990s, Stephen Collier spent four years working for the internationally renowned Spanish architect Manuel de Solá-Morales, eventually leading large multi-disciplinary teams of architects and engineers on complex architectural, urban & road infrastructure projects.  Several major residential and commercial projects on which he has worked have received the highest professional awards for design excellence in Australia and Europe. He has a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University, for which he was awarded the 2002 Byera Hadley Scholarship for Registered Architects and the 2006 Lysaght Scholarship. He also has a Masters of Large Scale Architecture from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) for which he was awarded the 1995 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship.

Stephen Collier Architects is a vibrant design-focussed office based in Sydney Australia. The office has won numerous awards including the 2012 Sydney Design Award for Residential Architecture and two Commendations at 2013 NSW Architecture Awards.

Talk Details:

Cost: Free
CPD: 1 Formal CPD point
Time: 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Date: Thursday 12 March 2015
Location: Austral Bricks Design Studio, 50 Carrington Street, Sydney 2000

To register for the event click here.

  • Article: Information obtained from InHouse Group 3
  • Editor: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Sourced from InHouseGroup3

 

Architours - March Walking Tour In Melbourne

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Melbourne Architours are AAA partners who share a passion for helping people to understand and appreciate architecture and design.

Architours have a great program of walks for 2015.

This month you can enjoy a tour that explores Modernist through to contemporary architecture in the west of the city.

Covering the impact of engineering solutions to tower forms on the city skyline, see how a post-war spirit of progress was played out through large scale urban interventions during the 1950s-1980s, and the resultant heritage implications we see today. Several yet-to-be-built schemes, will also be presented on the day, inviting a critique of the city's changing nature.

Tour Details: CBD Modernism to Contemporary Tour (West)
Time: 10.00am
Date: Saturday 21 March 2015

Click here to visit the Melbourne Architour's booking page.

Melbourne Architours is a group of local Melburnians who work, live and breathe architecture and design. Keen to share their knowledge and generate discussion about the built environment, they invite you on a tour to learn about Melbourne's evolution through its building fabric. Join Architours on their CBD or inner urban tours. A great social outing, its not unusual for tour participants to continue the conversation afterwards over a caffeine pitstop or beer at the bar to dissect the good and the bad about the city and its architecture.

Places on Melbourne Architour's events are limited, book early to avoid disappointment!

  • Tour Description: Melbourne Architours
  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image & Logo: Provided by Melbourne Architours

 

Its Time For Sculpture by the Sea - Cottesloe Beach, WA

THE 11TH ANNUAL SCULPTURE BY THE SEA, COTTESLOE 6 ‐ 23 MARCH, 2015

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Perth's much‐loved annual Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe Beach from 6‐23

March 2015. Now in its 11th year, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe will feature works from

over 70 artists from across the world, along with home grown local and interstate sculptors.

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe is one of Perth's largest free to the public events, stretching

along the white sands and grassed terraces of Cottesloe beach overlooking the Indian

Ocean.

This year's exhibition includes works from some of the world's most distinguished artists.

Sometimes controversial artist David Černý from the Czech Republic is exhibiting in Perth

for the first time with his giant baby sculptures, alongside celebrated Japanese sculptor

Keizo Ushio who is exhibiting for the 11th consecutive year with his popular stone works.

Two of the most popular international sculptors are returning, China's Chen Wenling and

Wang Shugang, with Wenling exhibiting a new striking red, larger than life figure. In

contrast, American sculptor, Peter Lundberg's rough concrete work was formed beneath the

red earth of the Margaret River in preparation for the show.

A little closer to home, there are 31 artists from Western Australian and 16 from elsewhere

around Australia. The exhibition will feature Sculpture by the Sea's first fully submerged

sculpture, created by South Fremantle artist Olivia Samec and her partner, James Moe,

whose work will be best seen by those swimming near groyne or viewed from the groyne

when the water is calm.

Congratulations to Western Australian artist Tim Macfarlane Reid who will become only the

third artist to join the Decade Club of sculptors who have exhibited 10 times in the 11 years

of the exhibition. Tim has created a major new work for this year's exhibition titled 'One

Door Opens' which will be located under the pine trees at Cottesloe beach looking across

the water.

The curatorial panel who selected the artists for Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2015 from

nearly 300 submissions is:

‐ Professor Ted Snell AM, Director, Cultural Precinct at University of Western Australia and

former Chair, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts;

‐ Dr Michael Hill, Head of Art History & Theory, National Art School;

‐ Julienne Penny, Director, Tunbridge Gallery; and

‐ Dr Nien Schwarz, Artist, Senior Lecturer, School of Communication & the Arts, Edith

Cowan University

The Western Australian government has supported Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe through

Tourism WA since 2009. Other key supporters of this year's exhibition include the Australia

Council for the Arts, private donors and Alcoa of Australia, which is back for the 11th year as

the sponsor of the Alcoa Schools Education Program.

An estimated 220,000 people are expected to converge on Cottesloe Beach during the 18

day exhibition, from serious art‐lovers and collectors to members of the general public

looking to enjoy the sculptures whilst enjoying the sun, sea and sand at Perth's most

popular beach.

  • Article: provided by Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe
  • Image: Johannes Pannekoek, 'signature', Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2014.
  • Photographer: Jessica Wyld.