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Grand Designs Australia showcases exciting houses from the Australian and UK TV shows along with projects by Australian homeowners, architects, builders, renovators, owner-builders and designers.

Hosted by Peter Maddison, Grand Designs Australia TV Series tells the stories of new home and the people who are building them. The popular series charts the process of elaborate design projects undertaken by self builders.

Grand Designs Australia is an information-packed magazine reaching consumers who are looking for a publication to provide them with advice and information when researching their home project. 

The perfect inspiration for home builders, renovators and decorators, subscribe to the bi-montly magazine by clicking here.

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Home design is a leading national magazine featuring profiles on residential architecture and building design, interior design, decorating, kitchens and bathrooms, smart homes and outdoor living from Australia and around the world.

Home Design includes a comprehensive editorial overview of the best houses, apartments, interiors and products from around Australia blended with an international flavour of overseas architecture and products.

Be inspired and informed on the latest thinking in design, subscribe to the bi-monthly magazine by clicking here.

NSW: Take A Walk Through Time With the AAA

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Over two hours discover two hundred years of Sydney’s built history on the Walk Through Time tour. Join an Australian Architecture Association trained tour guide on Wednesday 16 November to discover how architecture has helped shape the landscape of the city.

Starting at one of the oldest remaining buildings of Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks, you will look at Sydney's humble start as a convict colony and how the architecture became more and more decorative during the Victorian period.

The 20th Century brought us influences from overseas such as Beaux-Arts, Art Deco and modernism.

We will show you post-war development of modernist thinking and the way post-modernism reacted against it.

By looking at Sydney Hilton and the Queen Victoria Building, you will discover how architects converted existing buildings and gave them a breath of new life.

Throughout the two hours, you will appreciate masterpieces of different architectural styles by different architects and witness how technological advances, economic and political forces shaped our city.

Tour Details:

Location: Meet at Hyde Park Barracks, in front of the main gate, 12 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Wednesday 16 November 2016
Tickets: $20 (Public) / $15 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens / AAA website
  • Image: Reflections of the QVB Building on the Hilton Sydney
  • Photographer: Vincent Lam

NSW: Walking Tour Through The Rocks

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Enjoy a weekend stroll through one of the first residential settlements established by the First Fleet - The Rocks. Trace the development of Sydney's oldest suburb with buildings representing the past, present and future! 

Wander through the hilly terrain and see how heritage and contemporary architecture co-exists in harmony. Discover the marks left on the district by the plague of 1900 and major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the harbour bridge.

We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses of the 21st Century after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo.

Tour Details:

Location: Meet at the Harbourside Forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Saturday 19 November 2016
Tickets: $20 (Public) / $15 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens / AAA website
  • Image: View of the Barangaroo development
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

NSW: Sydney Open 2016 Takes Place This Weekend

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This Sunday Sydney Open invites you in to some of the city’s most architecturally inspiring buildings. From historic buildings tracing the story of Sydney’s beginnings, to award-winning new buildings and space that will shape the fabric and cultural life of the city for generations to come, Sydney Open is offering special access and guided tours to over 50 buildings and intriguing spaces across the CBD, Barangaroo, Walsh Bay and The Rocks.

Click here to take part in Sydney Open 2016.

  • Article: Sydney Open 2016
  • Image: Australia Square Tower designed by architect Harry Seidler
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

NSW: Visit Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016

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This weekend is your last chance to see Sculpture by the Sea, which has returned to the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk. The annual exhibition is in it’s twentieth year, transforming the coast into a 2km long temporary sculpture park over the period 20 October - 6 November 2016.

This years free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition features more than 100 works by Australian and International artists.

As this is the last weekend for the exhibition it’s sure to be popular. Plan your visit and take public transport. Visit the Sculpture by the Sea website by clicking here.

Free Movie Tickets On Offer to AAA Members

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This month one double ticket for the new Australian film ‘A Month Of Sundays’ is on offer to Australian Architecture Association Members. In cinemas from 28 April, the film stars Anthony LaPaglia, John Clarke, Julia Blake and Justine Clarke and was directed by Matthew Saville.

A MONTH OF SUNDAYS is a heartwarming dramatic comedy about family, relationships, loss and redemption. It is a tale about a Real Estate agent (Anthony LaPaglia) who is down and out, and about finding happiness with plenty of humour along the way.

Real estate agent, Frank Mollard, won’t admit it, but he can’t move on. Divorced but still attached, he can’t sell a house in a property boom - much less connect with his teenage son. One night Frank gets a phone call from his mother. Nothing out of the ordinary. Apart from the fact that she died a year ago. A MONTH OF SUNDAYS is about parents, children, regrets, mourning, moments of joy, houses, homes, love, work, television, Shakespeare and and jazz fusion: about ordinary people and improbable salvation. Because everyone deserves a second chance.  Even a real estate agent.

Click here to watch a trailer for the movie.

The double pass will be mailed to the first Australian Architecture Association Member who emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please ensure that in the email subject line you type: Movie Tickets
Don't forget to tell us your full name and postal address you want the tickets sent to.

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  • Article & Images: Provided by Nixco
  • Image 1: Film Still ‘Anthony LaPaglia’
  • Image 2: Film Poster ‘A Month Of Sundays’

 

NSW Peter O'Doherty Exhibition at King Street Gallery

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This month King Street Gallery features the work of Peter O’Doherty. Originally better known as a musician in bands such as Mental As Anything and Dog Trumpet, O’Doherty has gained recognition as a fine artist whose still life paintings explore the everyday suburban landscape and the commonplace objects of interiors.

Fibro. Brick veneer. Stegbar. Pebblecrete. Laminex. Masonite. Galvanised Iron. Slate. Tin. Wood. Even blindfolded you hear these words and know where you are. It’s not Paris. But somewhere closer, in the antipodes, in the realm of ordinary dwellings. Houses so familiar you feel you know them even if you have never stepped inside them.

Domestic materials. Random scenery. The view from the car window or the silent walk. Peter O’Doherty has painted them for a long time. Habituating his steady hand to driveways, sealed doors, drawn curtains and half open blinds. He regards the houses he paints as portraits and persists until he finds humanity within a standardised product. His argument, put forward simply, is that life is not in fact a state of heightened perpetual sensation but rather a string of small, non-descript incidents. The in-between becomes the whole.

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Exhibition Details:
Location: King Street Gallery – 177 William St, Darlinghurst NSW
Times: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am-6.00pm / Sunday 11.00am-6.00pm
Dates: 29 March – 23 April 2016

Click here to learn more about the exhibition.

  • Intro: Vanessa Couzens
  • Article: Excerpt from the exhibition Catalogue Essay by Anna Johnson - ‘Peter O’Doherty: Through the Window’
  • Image 1: Peter O’Doherty ‘Coastal 5’, 2016, acrylic on board, 20 x 20cm
  • Image 2: Peter O’Doherty ‘Monterey Afternoon’, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122cm

NSW At Home With the Architect Visits the Southern Highlands

 

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This month's NSW At Home with the Architect explores modular design and visits a holiday home in Exeter. Shortlisted in the 2015 national Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Residential Single category, the Southern Highlands house was designed and fabricated by Melbourne based company Intermode.

Combining exceptional design with an efficient and transparent building process you will experience how modular design can be customised to meet the specific requirements of clients and their building site. Sydney based architect, Ben Gerstel, was truly amazed and impressed when he visited the house and commented, 'whilst it is of modular design it became an individual house because of how it has been designed, ie black entry walls and its siting'. 

Owner and architect Gillian Simon will lead you through her house which has been designed and tailored to suit their lifestyle. Intermode collaborates with one of Australia's most influential and awarded multidisciplinary design firms - the Carr Design Group, bringing world-class architecture and design skills for uncompromising aesthetics.

Explore the interiors and exteriors of the home and be inspired learning about the adaptability of modular design.

Tour Details
Location: Exeter 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 - 12.30pm
Date: Sunday 10 April 2016
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.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens, Annette Dearing & Ben Gerstel
  • Images 1 & 2: Exterior views of Exeter House
  • Image 2: Exeter House ensuite
  • Images Sources: Intermode & Carr Design Group
  • Photographer: Justin Alexander

NSW Walking Tour Through Castlecrag

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Castlecrag is one of Sydney's most picturesque suburbs, perched on a rocky peninsula surrounded by the sparkling waters of Middle Cove. In the 1920s architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin planed the perfect garden suburb with small houses surrounded by trees and rocky outcrops. Little did they realise what property values would do to that dream.

Since the Griffin’s early development plan, Castlecrag has attracted the talents of some of Australia’s most interesting practitioners of architecture. The suburb is a time capsule, capturing how design styles have developed and evolved since early modernism of the twentieth century to the latest in contemporary design.

Castlecrag Walking Tour leader Ben Gerstel is a local architect who has developed two tours of Castlecrag that reveal the suburbs development from its earliest days as well as the most interesting architecture in its hilly streets by architects as familiar as Harry Seidler and little known as Hugh Buhrich.

Castlecrag Walking Tour 2 Details:
Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm
Date: Saturday 19 March 2016
Tickets: $25 (public) / $15 (senior & student) / Free for Australian Architecture Association Members

Click here to book your place on the tour and discover how architecture has developed in the area.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens, Ben Gerstel & Annette Dearing
  • Image: Audette House designed by architect Peter Muller
  • Image Source: Australian Architecture Association archive

NSW Exhibition of Architects Drawings

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Art gallery Art Atrium is hosting its third bi-annual exhibition ‘Drawn by Design – The Art of Architecture’ focusing on drawings and paintings by prominent Australian architects.

Drawing and sketching for a lot of architects are an integral part of their design process. A simple sketch or drawing can form the basis of a design concept that will be further developed and refined. A sketchbook in the hands of an architect is also the equivalent of a camera for a photographer or a journal for a writer. This exhibition captures the way different architects utilize sketches and drawings at work and at play.

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Architects participating in this exhibition include Malcolm Carver, Paul Connor, Tony Corkill, Philip Cox, Jon Crothers, Tanya Crothers, Tina Curtis, Rena Czaplinska-Archer, Neil Durbach, Richard Goodwin, David Ham, David Holm, Anton James, Chris Johnson, Swetik Korzeniewski, Jerry Liew, Ken Maher, Luisa Manfredini, Fiona Mitchell, Lucy Moloney, Glenn Murcutt, Peter Roy, Harry Seidler, Jose Serrao, Ian Stapleton, Peter Stutchbury, Alec Tzannes, Tone Wheeler, Mark Willett, Ken Woolley, Fang Xu.

Exhibition Details:
Location: Art Atrium - 181 Old South Head Road, Bondi Junction NSW
Times: Monday to Saturday 11.00am-4.00pm 
Dates: 1 March - 19 March 2016

Click here for further information.

  • Text: Art Atrium & Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Paul Connor ‘Nine Ninths Mudgee’, Watercolour on paper, 60cmx60cm
  • Image 2: Luisa Manfedini ‘Congonhas, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Church and stations of the cross’, Ink on paper, 13cm x 19cm 
  • Images Source: Click here

WA Sculpture by the Sea

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Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Perth’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition, has returned to the picturesque Cottesloe Beach. Now in its 12th year, the iconic event takes place from 4-20 March 2016 and features works from over 75 artists from across the globe.

Experience the transformation of spectacular Cottesloe Beach into a major temporary sculpture park overlooking the Indian Ocean. The exhibition is featured from the sea wall all the way along the sand towards North Cottesloe and on the surrounding grassed areas creating a beautiful sculpture park. Access to Cottesloe Beach can be made from the ramps or stairs at different locations along Marine Parade.

Click here for more information about Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe.

  • Text: Vanessa Couzens and Sculpture by the Sea website
  • Image: Britt Mikkelsen, ‘Ocean Lace’, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2015
  • Photographer: Jarrad Seng

NSW At Home With the Architect Visits Fairlight

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This month's NSW At Home with the Architect visits a contemporary terrace house in Fairlight designed by Marston Architects. A&M House completed in 2015 was designed as two residences with identical planning, offset from one another for privacy of the occupants.

The homes have been designed as a series of pavilions with courtyards in between providing private open space to bedroom and office spaces as well as a connection between the interior and surrounding environment. The living spaces and main bedrooms located at the rear of the property open out onto terraces with views across Fairlight beach and Manly Cove.

Marston Architects is a small Sydney based studio set up by Vivianne Marston in 1985. The practices portfolio of work includes single homes, alterations and additions, multi-unit residential and commercial buildings.

Explore the interiors and exteriors of A&M House and be inspired as Vivianne Marston explains how her design was conceptualised and executed.

Tour Details
Location: Fairlight 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: 28 February 2016
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
  • Images Source: Marston Architects - A&M House
  • Photographer: Katherine Lu

NSW Walking Tour Of The Rocks

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Enjoy a mid-week stroll through one of the first settlements established by the First Fleet. The Rocks, as Sydney's oldest suburb with all the heritage architecture, is now Sydney's major tourist destination. However, if you are someone who would love to know more about The Rocks than what the tourism industry has to offer, come join our walk and you will discover much more about Sydney's past, present and future!

Stroll with us through the hilly terrain and see how heritage and contemporary architecture co-exists in harmony. Discover the marks left on the district by the plague of 1900 and major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the harbour bridge. We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses of the 21st Century after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo.

Tour Details:
Location: Meet at the Harbourside Forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Wednesday 17 February 2016
Tickets: $20 (Public) / $15 (Seniors & students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: AAA
  • Image: View of the Barangaroo development
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

NSW Walking Tour Of Redfern

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Join AAA volunteer and architect Kian Lee Khoo on Sunday 28 February and discover the urban village of Redfern. Developed with the support of the City of Sydney's Local Community Grants Program, the Redfern Walk provides an insight into how Redfern has developed and is evolving into a cultural hub and hot property prospect.

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 two 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, state of the art community facilities and a potpourri of retro shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

This walk will start from the old post office and go through side streets to see some hidden residential buildings. We will then walk towards the railway line to see recent commecial and public architecture. The walk will conclude at Redfern Park where our tour leader will explain the urban design of the renovated park and the recent changes in the demographics of the area.

Tour Details:
Location: Meet at the Clock Tower, Redfern Post Office - Corner George Street and Redfern Street, Redfern NSW
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 28 February 2016
Tickets: $20 (Public) / $15 (Seniors & students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: AAA
  • Image: Price | O’Reilly House, Redfern - designed by architect Ian Moore
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

In Memory Of Architect Paul Pholeros

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The architectural community is in mourning following the death early this month of Paul Pholeros. A founding director of the Sydney based not-for-profit environmental health and design studio Healthhabitat. Paul exemplified how architecture and good design can be a force that can be utilised to engender greater equality and social justice.

Paul Pholeros founded Healthhabitat with Dr Paul Torzillo and anthropologist Stephan Rainow in 1985. Working alongside remote, urban and rural communities both in Australia and abroad, his was a life spent in dedication to improving the living environment of disadvantaged communities.

Having touched the lives of so many Paul will greatly missed, however he has left a legacy - that of inspiring others to continue to battle against antipathy and prejudice.  Those who knew him or had heard him speak could not help but understand his message - even in small ways individuals can affect lasting change.

Inhouse GROUP3 Workshop: Case Study - One Central Park

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Learn about the engineering and green features of One Central Park. Designed by award-winning French architect Jean Nouvel with PTW Architects, the two residential towers rising above retail on lower levels have redefined green living in Sydney.

AAA partner Inhouse GROUP3 runs a series of workshops and seminars eligible for formal CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points to design professionals, including architects, designers, builders and engineers. The One Central Park Workshop taking place at the end of February can be attended as either a half day or full day.

The first half of the day focuses on the engineering of the building, with presenters such as: architect Mark Giles (Senior Associate at PTW), engineer Matthew Harding (Principal at Robert Bird Group), industrial designer Tim Phillips (Director at TILT) and engineer Chris Samaras (Operations Manager at Samaras Group).

The second half of the day presented by horticulturalist Jock Gammon Director of Jungly, who worked with French botanist Patrick Blanc to deliver the world’s tallest vertical garden at 130m high (over 1120 square metres). The afternoon presentation will focus on the living infrastructure of One Central Park.

Workshop Details:
Location: TCW Showroom 24 - Level 1, 69 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria
Note: Free Parking 1st Floor / Mascot Station 10 mins walk
Time: 8.00am - 4.00pm
Date: Saturday 27 February 2016
Cost: $130 (Full Day Session) / $80 (Half Day Sesion)
Tea breaks and a light lunch will be provided on the day.

For further information and to book your place at the workshop click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: One Central Park residential tours and helioscope.
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

 

Save 20% on the first AAA Castlecrag walk for 2016

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Come and join us on the first AAA walking tour for 2016.

One of our most popular walks is the AAA Castlecrag walking tour 1 which is being offered for the first time in January.

Castlecrag is one of Sydney’s most picturesque suburbs, perched on a rocky peninsula surrounded by the sparkling waters of Middle Cove and is only a 15 minute drive from the CBD.

Discover the many Walter Burley Griffin pathways winding down and through Castlecrag, leading to many architectural gems both new and heritage listed.  Enjoy this 2 hour walk with a knowledgeable AAA tour guide.

Don’t miss out, book now!

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Grand Designs Australia On Sale Now

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Grand Designs Australia showcases exciting houses from the Australian and UK TV shows along with projects by Australian homeowners, architects, builders, renovators, owner-builders and designers.

Hosted by Peter Maddison, Grand Designs Australia TV Series tells the stories of new home and the people who are building them. The popular series charts the process of elaborate design projects undertaken by self builders.

Grand Designs Australia is an information-packed magazine reaching consumers who are looking for a publication to provide them with advice and information when researching their home project. 

The perfect inspiration for home builders, renovators and decorators, subscribe to the bi-montly magazine by clicking here.

NSW Residential Bus Tour

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Save the date! On Saturday 16 April the Australian Architecture Association invites you to discover some of the latest contemporary residential architecture In Sydney. Join the all day AAA Residential Bus Tour and meet the architects to learn first hand the different ways houses are designed and constructed.

This is an all day bus tour with lunch provided.

Tour Details:
Date: Saturday 16 April 2016
Time: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (public) / $180 (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 & Annette Dearing
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

NSW: New Tour of Woollahra Launches This Month

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Join the Australian Architecture Association on a new AAA walking tour exploring the architecture of Woollahra and Paddington. 

Wandering through leafy streets laid down upon lands once inhabited by first nation peoples the Cadigal clan - tour participants will discover some of the numerous architect designed residences located in the area. Explore how the predominant typology - the terrace has evolved into a myriad of forms, from the traditional to the infill.

AAA volunteer tour guide and registered architect Ben Gerstel, will facilitate your experience of both exceptional and controversial buildings of the early to late twentieth century and how design has changed within the area into the twenty-first century.

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Featured on the tour are designs by well known Australian architects such as Don Gazzard, Neville Gruzman, Glen Murcutt, Peter Stronach and Alex Tzannes, as well as gems designed by less recognised architects.

TOUR DETAILS:
Meeting Point: Phoenix Hotel (outside the front entrance), 1 Moncur Street, Woollahra NSW 2015
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Date: Saturday 25 February 2017
Tickets: $25 (Public) / $20 (Concession & Seniors)
Note: ID required to join the walk

Don’t miss out on joining the launch of the tour, click here to book your tickets.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: The secret garden - Woollahra style (Photographer: Daniel Dearing)
  • Image 2: Residence designed by Don Gazzard (Image Source: Design In Steel, 1976)
  • Image 3: The Phoenix Hotel, Woollahra (Photographer: Daniel Dearing)

NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits Balmain

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Don't miss out on the first NSW At Home with the Architect for 2017, taking place this Sunday 5 February.

Visit a brand new townhouse development designed by SHED Architects. Comprising of three very different and compact dwellings wrapped around a small courtyard, the homes are designed with the intent to create a contemporary and exciting scheme that would integrate into the eclectic and small‐scale fabric of Balmain.

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ABOUT SHED ARCHITECTS

SHED Architects was established in 2012 by UK trained architect Chris Haughton.

In collaboration with Associate Terence Yong and Project Leader Joshua Downie, the small practice’s work has been recognised with design and industry awards for its boutique hotel and commercial office projects.

The practice undertakes work in a variety of sectors including residential, hospitality and commercial.

They have been published in both print and internet media and have been recognised for their environmentally conscious approach to design as well as their sensitive adaptive re-use of heritage buildings.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Balmain, 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 5 February 2017
Tickets: $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members) / AAA Volunteers Free

You won’t want to miss out on joining the first At Home With the Architect tour for 2017! Book now by clicking here.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Project Credits:
    Project Architect: Terence Yong
    Interior Design: Cressida Kennedy of Space Control Design
  • Image 1:Visualisation of the Balmain development
  • Image 2: Courtyard View (photographer Terence Yong)
  • Image 3: Entries (photographer Terence Yong) 
  • Images Source: SHED Architects website

NSW: Spot81 Gallery Exhibition Opening This Weekend

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This weekend is the opening for Spot 81 galleries’ latest group exhibition entitled ‘Paper’.

Running from the 7-21 December 2016, the artists featured in the exhibition are Michelle Belgiorno, Paul Connor, Helen Geier, Christopher Gentle, Roslyn Kean, Graham Kuo, Sokquon Tran, Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang and Tianli Zu.

Some ‘All About Architecture’ readers and AAA supporters will already be familiar with Paul Connor. His architectural work with Connor + Solomon Architects has been featured in a number of AAA tours. Paul has also been a great supporter of our organisation by donating artworks to the AAA’s past fund-raising Pozible campaigns.

The exhibition promises to feature some great work by Paul Connor, who was recently a finalist in 2016 NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Painting Prize.

Click here to visit the Spot 81 website for more information about the opening and exhibiting artists.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: 'Sant’Alfio Sicily' by Paul Connor
  • Image Source: Paul Connor

The Perfect Christmas Gift For Design Enthusiasts

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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).

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!

Note: Order before Monday 12 December 2016 for delivery by Christmas.

  • Image 1 (left - top): The AAA Limited Edition boxed set of postcards
  • Image 2 (right): Peter Tonkin, Watercolour on paper. View of Amsterdam Canal
  • Image 3 (left - bottom): Glenn Murcutt, Pen on Butter Paper. Sketch of a new house near Wagga Wagga with details of the sky.

WA: Home Design Feature - Kingspan Insulation

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This month 'All About Architecture' explores a project in Western Australia that utilises products manufactured by Australian Architecture Association sponsor - Kingspan Insulation. Multi-Award Winning 'Bedfordale House' was designed by Suzanne Hunt Architect and built by Gransden Construction, with Kingspan Insulation playing a pivotal role in bringing the residential masterpiece to reality.

Winner of the 2015 HIA Australian Home of the Year Award, as well as the Australian Custom Built Home of the Year Award, ‘Bedfordale House’ is a Japanese-inspired 864 square metre masterpiece set in a semi-rural suburb in southeast Perth.

Every element of this energy-efficient, multi-zonal residence was hand selected to deliver world-class aesthetics and performance.

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With a heavy emphasis on raw timber and stonework, the sleek and uncluttered lines of the construction and its interior design called for a subtle insulation treatment to maximize internal space and retain the simplicity and lightness of the walling. The solution was Kingspan Kooltherm® K8 Cavity Board supplied by Kingspan Insulation.

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These incredibly efficient, narrow-profile rigid insulation boards occupy little lateral space, and they deliver higher thermal performance than any other commonly available cavity insulation product. Thanks to the minimalist characteristics of the Kingspan Kooltherm® K8 boards, Architect Suzanne Hunt, from Suzanne Hunt Architect, and builder George Allingham, from Grandsen Construction, were able to harness the full simplicity of the Japanese design and achieve energy efficiency targets without large wall cavities.

“Our Bedfordale project introduced unique challenges,” says Grandsen’s Managing Director George Allingham. “We didn’t have the conventional cavity area available – the design called for a brick surface interior and an exterior clad in 200 mm drybed basalt, quarried in Bunbury. Our stonemason hand selected 220 ton of stone to site. We needed to achieve the best possible thermal block in the limited cavity area; Kingspan Insulation worked closely with us to identify the best possible solution.”

The home, positioned on a 20 hectare property bordering Albany Highway, has premium functionality to match its gentle aesthetic taste, which means the owners will be perfectly placed to enjoy the indoor-outdoor spirit of their dwelling year-round.

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  • Article: Supplied by Kingspan Insulation Pty Ltd
  • Images source: Supplied by Kingspan Insulation Pty Ltd
  • Images 1, 2 & 4: Bedfordale House designed by Suzanne Hunt Architect
  • Image 3: Diagram illustrating how Kingspan Kooltherm® K8 boards can be utilised to insulate wall cavities

ABC TV Features Architect Glenn Murcutt

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On Tuesday 6 December ABC TV featured a film on architect Glenn Murcutt called ‘Glen Murcutt: Spirit of Place’. Directed by Catherine Hunter, the documentary explores the architect’s life and work, and focuses on his latest project - a mosque in Melbourne’s Newport.

If you missed the viewing you can still watch it on ABC iview by clicking here.

  • Image: Architect Glenn Murcutt
  • Photographer: Anthony Browell
  • Image Source: The Australian

AAA Ambassador Tim Ross On ABC TV

The Australian Architecture Association’s Ambassador - Tim Ross, will be featured this month on ABC TV. Join Tim Ross at 8.30pm on Tuesday 8 November and Tuesday 15 November as he presents the two-part series ‘Streets of Your Town’.

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The series traces how pioneering architects in Australia during the 1950s adopted new ideas about design and embraced the International style of Modernism. It explores how Australian Modernism evolved over the twentieth century to make it’s mark on suburbia and adapted to local culture and lifestyle.

Sure to be a fascinating insight into Australian design - you won't want to miss it!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
    Image: Provided by Tim Ross

Wear Your Love For the AAA

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Now you can wear your love of architecture and design!

The exclusive AAA t-shirt has been printed by the Australian firm Pistol Clothing with a graphic designed by AAA volunteer and interior designer Vanessa Couzens.

Called ‘Ode to Utzon’ the structuralist image was inspired by Danish architect Jorn Utzon’s iconic Sydney Opera House.

T-Shirt Details:

Men's premium fitted fashion tee, double stitched in cool blue 150gm100% Combed Cotton. Pre-shrunk.
Women's premium fitted fashion tee, double stitched in cool blue 150gm 100% Combed Cotton. Pre-shrunk.

Sizes available:

ITEM SIZE

MEASUREMENT

(Width – Arm to Arm)

Womens T-Shirt Size 10 45.5 cm
  Size 12 48cm
  Size 14 51 cm
Mens T-Shirt Small 46cm
  Medium 50cm
  Large 54cm

  • Image 1: 'Ode to Utzon' graphic and representations of the mens and womens t-shirts.

NSW: AAA Announces A New Tour of Woollahra

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The Australian Architecture Association has some exciting new walking tours in the pipeline for 2017.

The new year program kicks off on Saturday 11 February with a brand new AAA walking tour exploring the architecture of Woollahra. 

Wandering through leafy streets laid down upon lands once inhabited by first nation peoples the Cadigal clan - tour participants will discover some of the numerous architect designed residences located in the area.

AAA volunteer tour guide and registered architect Ben Gerstel, will facilitate your experience of both exceptional and controversial buildings of the early to late twentieth century and how design has evolved within the area into the twenty-first century.

Featured on the tour are designs by well known Australian architects such as Don Gazzard, Neville Gruzman, Glen Murcutt and Alex Tzannes, as well as gems designed by less recognised architects. 

Don’t miss out on joining the launch of the tour, save the date Saturday 11 February 2017 in your calendars now! Tour details will be announced in 2017.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Residence designed by Don Gazzard
  • Image Source: Design In Steel, 1976

NSW: Next AAA Residential Bus Takes Place December

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Discover the latest in contemporary home design with the NSW AAA Residential Bus Tour. The final tour for 2016 takes place on Saturday 3 December 2016.

Enjoy a full day exploring the insides and outsides of architect designed residences. Meet the architects who worked on the houses to learn first hand the different ways homes are designed and constructed to satisfy the needs of their clients and respond to the surrounding environment.

Be inspired by the creativity of architects such as Architect Prineas, Marston ArchitectsStephen Collier Architects and Mark Szczerbicki Design Studio

TOUR DETAILS

Date: Saturday 3 December 2016
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (public) / $175 (AAA Members)

A delicious meal is included in the price of the tour and is great opportunity to get to know like minded design enthusiasts as well as some of the architects in a relaxed setting.

Tickets will sell out fast, so book now to learn how the designs evolved. Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: The Breeze Block House designed by Architect Prineas
  • Image 2: D House designed by Marston Architects
  • Photographer: Katherine Lu

Discover Brickworks Building Products Inex Boards

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Brickworks Building Products is one of the nation’s leading providers of building products. It’s brand Austral Bricks is a proud supporter and sponsor of the Australian Architecture Association.

One of the newest range of Brickworks Building Products is Inex Boards.

These boards are made from pure, natural mineral magnesite. They are low in carbon, high performing and their flexural strength is equal to most timbers. These boards can either be used for floor or wall panel systems and come in different sized panels and a number of attractive finishes.

Inex Boards products have a high strength and are light weight. They can be utilised to form the substrate for floor finishes such as vinyl, carpet and timber. The boards have tongue and groove edges and can be used both in and outdoors. They also cover the complete bushfire BAL levels from BAL 12.5 up to flame zone. They are recyclable and non –toxic.

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Inex Boards also make a variety of decking products. Inex Decking is a decking product that looks like conventional timber decking and has rounded edges. Inex Maxideck is a product 5mm x 120mm thereby reducing installation time. Inex Lamideck can be used for lightweight pedestrian walkways and lightweight bridges. It’s concentrated liveload is up to 13kN and a uniformly distributed load up to 75 Pa.

Discover the possibilities for your next building project by clicking here to visit the Inex Boards website.

  • Article: Ben Gestel
  • Image 1: Inex Wallboard installed in the Archiblox Carbon Positive Prefab designed by architects Bill and Christine McCorkell (Photographer: Tim Ross)
    Images Source: Inex Boards
  • Image 2: Inex Decking
    Image Source: Twitter

NSW: Join the Last Walking Tour For 2016

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This weekend the last AAA walking tour for 2016 takes place. To celebrate another year providing unique architectural walking tours the Australian Architecture Association is offering tickets for half price. Explore the inner northern suburb McMahons Point with an experienced AAA volunteer guide.

Discover the area’s colourful history and landmarks. You will be shown a wonderful variety of housing types including the well known and controversial Blues Point Tour, which was recently featured on ABC TV in ‘Streets Of Your Town’ and ‘Harry Seidler: Modernist’. Experience a new perspective on the city from a lookout once utilised by famous landscape painter Lloyd Rees.

TOUR DETAILS:
Location: Meet at Blues Point Hotel, 116 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point NSW 2060
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Date: Saturday 10 December 2016
Tickets: $10 (Public) / $10 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Blues Point Hotel
  • Image Source: Australian Architecture Association

Special Tour Offer - ‘All About Architecture’ Readers

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This month ‘All About Architecture’ readers are invited by educational organisation - Building Design Online, to enjoy a special two-for-the-price-of-one offer on their ’Walk in the shoes of a designer…’ tour. On Friday 18 November you and a friend can join a qualified interior designer and discover some of the workshop/showrooms located around the design hub - Alexandria.

Have you ever wondered how interior decorators and designers source furnishings, lighting and accessories? Building Design Online invites you to join an interior designer for a day and discover how interior schemes are conceived and realised.

Building Design Online's qualified designer will guide you through four workshop/showrooms where you will learn about how a designer selects products to create inspiring interiors.

Whether you are looking for ideas for your own home, or are simply interested in experiencing design spaces in Alexandria and its environs - this tour is sure to be enlightening.

Tour Details:
Location: Tour begins in Sydenham NSW 2044
Note - the meeting point will be released to tour participants upon booking and an itinerary for the tour will be issued on the day.
Time/Date: 10.00am-3.00pm – Friday 18 November 2016
Cost: $250 (two tickets for the price of one)

Click here for details on how to book your place on the tour and learn more about Building Design Online. Don’t forget to advise Building Design Online that you wish to redeem your two people for the price of one offer seen in the Australian Architecture Association’s eNews.

 

Grand Designs Australia On Sale Now

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Grand Designs Australia showcases exciting houses from the Australian and UK TV shows along with projects by Australian homeowners, architects, builders, renovators, owner-builders and designers.

Hosted by Peter Maddison, Grand Designs Australia TV Series tells the stories of new home and the people who are building them. The popular series charts the process of elaborate design projects undertaken by self builders.

Grand Designs Australia is an information-packed magazine reaching consumers who are looking for a publication to provide them with advice and information when researching their home project. 

The perfect inspiration for home builders, renovators and decorators, subscribe to the bi-montly magazine by clicking here.

NSW: UK Architect Julian Lipscombe Gives Black Talk This Month

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Don't miss out on the 2016 AAA Black Talk by Julian Lipscombe, Director of UK firm Bennetts Associates, taking place on Wednesday 20 July. Hosted by AAA sponsor Austral Bricks at their Brickworks Design Studio, this talk promises to be an inspirational insight into how great architecture can enrich our experience of the built environment.

JULIAN LIPSCOMBE - THE IMPERATIVE OF PLACE
An Evolution in Approach

What role is there for a distinctive 'Sense of Place' in the seemingly inexorable tide of globalisation sweeping through architecture and the built environment?

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Julian Lipscombe (Director of UK firm Bennetts Associates) will explore his views on the subject by showcasing current work in helping to reimagine "The Original Modern City" and a headquarters for a major luxury brand. These commissions for Manchester and Jaguar Land Rover capture many themes that have evolved in Bennetts Associates approach to urban design and 'place' over the years.

The talk will chart this evolution as well as exploring its root in observation and the writings of Camillo Sitte, Gordon Cullen, Jane Jacobs, Jan Gehl and the like. In so doing, Julian will track essays on the subject in the practice's forthcoming book - Bennetts Associates: Five Insights.

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ABOUT JULIAN LIPSCOMBE AND BENNETTS ASSOCIATES

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As founding members of the UK Green Building Council, Bennetts Associates has a solid reputation as one of the countries leading environmentally sustainable designers and Julian Lipscombe has overseen the design and construction of an impressive portfolio of multi-award winning and sustainable projects across the UK and Europe.

Bennetts Associates was established in 1987 and have offices in London, Edinburgh and Manchester. Their dedication to approaching site and location with sensitivity, respect for history in adaptive reuse and intent to design sustainable buildings with a unique identity, has garnered numerous awards for the practice in all aspects of design and construction.

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These include 18 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) awards and two ‘Prime Minister’s Better Public Building’ awards – for the Jubilee Library in Brighton and 5 Pancras Square in King’s Cross, London - which also won the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) Mixed Use and Other category in the Best of BREEAM 2016 Awards.

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Bennetts Associates has twice been voted UK Architectural Practice of the Year by Building magazine and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for the third time in 2011, for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Julian Lipscombe has presented to AAA audiences on two previous occasions. In 2014 he spoke about Bennetts Associates role in the transformation of Kings Cross which has been cited as an exemplary model for good urban planning. In 2012 Julian discussed Bennetts Associates design ethos and primary inspirations for the firms work, with the talk culminating in a case study of their design for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

BLACK TALK DETAILS

Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Date: Wednesday 20 July 2016
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 50 Carrington Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $50 (Early Bird Public - until 10 July 2016) / $60 (Public - After 10 July 2016) / $40 (AAA Members) / $35 (Students)
Note: Corporate members receive complimentary tickets, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Previous AAA audiences have raved about how great a speaker Julian Lipscombe is, this is definitely a talk you won’t want to miss. Click here to book your tickets.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Bennetts Associates
  • Images Source: Bennetts Associates
  • Image 1,2,3 & 4: HS2 Manchester Piccadilly SRF is Bennetts Associates vision for the transformation of 140 acres (14%) of Manchester city centre and Piccadilly Station, triggered by the advent of the HS2 a planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom directly linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester.
  • Image 5 & 6: The Shaftesbury Theatre, in London’s West End.
  • Image 7 & 8: 5 Pancras Square Camden, London, winner in the BREEAM Mixed Use and Other category Best of BREEAM 2016 Awards.
  • Image 9 & 10: Private Residence in Cumbria UK, winner of a North West Award in the 2016 RIBA Regional Awards.

NSW Walking Tour: Sydney City Walk

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Experience the original walk developed by the Australian Architecture Association - the Sydney City Walk.

For the past ten years AAA trained tour guides have been helping residents and visitors to discover parts of the city they never knew existed. Each tour guide brings their own flavour to the tour, so that no one tour is quite like the other.

Learn about some of the iconic buildings that grace the streets of the CBD and take a journey through the history of the cities development.

TOUR DETAILS:

Location: Meet on the steps of Customs House, Circular Quay
Tickets: $20 (public) / $15 (Senior / Concession)
Note: AAA Members walk for free & students will need to show ID on the day.
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Every Saturday (Next tour takes place 25 June 2016)

Numbers are limited, click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Image: Steps up to Australia Square Tower (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

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One of the largest exhibitions of architecture in the world is currently on show in Italy - the Venice Architecture Biennale. Taking place between 28 May – 27 November 2016 the 15th International Architecture Exhibition is spread across a variety of locations around the city. This years’ theme is "Reporting From the Front" and explores how architecture can act ‘…as an instrument of self-government, of humanist civilisation, and as a demonstration of the ability of humans to become masters of their own destinies.”1

This year Sydney architect Chris Elliott, whose designs have been featured in AAA programs for ‘At Home With the Architect’ and the ‘AAA Residential Bus Tour’, is taking part in an official collateral event entitled ‘TIME-SPACE-EXISTENCE’, hosted by the Global Art Affairs Foundation and European Cultural Centre.

CHRIS ELLIOTT ARCHITECTS AT VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2016

Australian firm Chris Elliott Architects have been selected to exhibit in the Global Art Affairs Foundation exhibition "TIME-SPACE-EXISTENCE" during the Venice Architecture Biennale opening in May 2016. Chris Elliott Architects (CEA) is one of two Australian architecture firms amongst approximately 100 international practices to participate in the Dutch non-profit GAA-Foundation exhibition. The CEA display will be held in the Palazzo Bembo near the Rialto Bridge in Venice.

Director of CEA, Chris Elliott, has taken the commonly understood elements of ‘time’ – past, present and future – as a device to frame the display. The exhibit will focus on Elliott’s recent activities corresponding to these three concepts. PRESENT: a realised award-winning house, FUTURE: a theoretical design for a very tall green apartment building in Sydney, and PAST: Chris Elliott’s involvement in an ‘anti-project’, the community-based advocacy for the preservation of Waverley Cemetery in Sydney.

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FUTURE: Sydney is opening up so-called new priority growth areas in the northwest and southwest of the city. Like many other cities we are destroying pastoral land and wilderness areas and threatening other species in the process. To combat this problem we propose allowing clusters of very tall green buildings (VTGBs) with height limits abolished on transport nodes in the city and suburbs. A theoretical proposal, for the eVolo Skyscraper Competition for ideas for vertical living, is our vision for this future.

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PRESENT: While pondering the idea of time and particularly the present – the here and now, like all architects we respond to what we find around us. We present one of our projects, Seacliff House as an example of our approach. It features a transparent platform, a watery sandstone grotto, a long linear box with light scoops to frame and control views, privacy and sunlight, and a rooftop belvedere.

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PAST: Chris Elliott joined a community effort to help fight against the proposed modernisation and insensitive redevelopment of this beautiful place overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Sydney. The community's efforts have led to the State Heritage listing by the New South Wales Heritage Council.

“We weave these notions about time together with the notions of space and existence. Although our own existence is ephemeral, the continuity of human life through the generations is not. The space that we use and the traces of our brief existence and the things that we fashion with our hands and machines help to give our lives meaning and help us to defy the limits of our human existence,” said Elliott.

“Our display looks back and looks forward, as we consider the work of architects – with projects and anti-projects, architecture and anti-architecture - and the impact these have on our planet. How we can house many new urban dwellers without causing harm is an ongoing problem of our existence. But it is one that architects must address.”

Elliott added: “In the spirit of the overall concept for this year’s Architecture Biennale –‘Reporting From The Front’ - I would like to report that in Australia we continue to imagine and explore unfamiliar terrain and possibilities. Personally, I relish the opportunity to contemplate the three notions proposed for the exhibition – ‘time, space and existence’.”

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to present my ideas at this important gathering of architects, critics and the interested public. I am keen to be involved in discussion with my peers from around the world and to see the Australian Pavilion exhibition as well,” said Elliott.

The GAA-Foundation exhibition, in collaboration with the EUROPEAN CULTURAL CENTRE in Venice, examines TIME - SPACE - EXISTENCE as a fundamental theme of mankind: “Our existence, our position, within time and space. Architecture, of the past and of today, forces us to consider and reconsider and to ponder the infinite.”

Some of the other participants in the 2016 show include Fumihiko Maki, Peter Eisenman, Denise Scott Brown, Fentress Architects and GMP Architekten.

"TIME - SPACE - EXISTENCE" is an official collateral event of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.

EXHIBITION DETAILS

Exhibition Title: Time Space Existence
Venue: Palazzo Bembo (Rialto Bridge)
Public Opening: 28 May - 27 November 2016

WEBSITES

www.globalartaffairs.org
http://www.palazzobembo.org
www.chriselliottarchitects.com

  • 1. Comments by Biennale Architettura 2016 President Paolo Baratta [Available at: http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/exhibition/15/]
  • Editorial: Vanessa Couzens
  • Article: Media Release Chris Elliott Architects
  • Images Source: Supplied by Chris Elliott Architects
  • Image 1: Future
  • Image 2: Present
  • Image 3: Past

 

New AAA Ambassador - Tim Ross

The Australian Architecture Association is proud to announce that it has a new ambassador - Australian media personality Tim Ross.

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Many of you will be familiar with Tim from the Australian comedy duo Merrick and Rosso, who first came into prominence in the 1990s on the radio station JJJ. Tim is a comedian, writer, broadcaster and TV presenter. His live show Man About the House is performed exclusively in Architecturally significant houses. He has performed across Australia in houses designed by the likes of Robin Boyd, Harry Seidler, Roy Grounds, Esmond Dorney, John Wardle, Glenn Murcutt, James Russell and Clare Cousins.

In 2014 the show won the National Trust Heritage award and the show has also toured the U.S ﴾Modernism Week in Palm Springs﴿ New Zealand and most recently the UK for the London Festival of Architecture.

In August 2016 his two part documentary on the evolution of the Australian suburbs, Streets of Your Town, premieres on ABC TV.

Tim lives in a 1959 house designed by architect Stanley George Lister Baker - better known as Bill Baker.

Participants in the Exploring Modern Design event in Castlecrag on Sunday 21 July, got to meet Tim as we toured three exceptional homes and later heard his opinions on 'modern' home design when he took part in a panel discussion at Fishwick House.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Provided by Tim Ross

Exploring Modern Architecture

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The Australian Architecture Association is launching an exciting new event called 'Exploring Modern Architecture'. On Sunday 31 July, tour three outstanding houses in Castlecrag that illustrate how ideas about modernity and what constitutes good house design evolved over the twentieth century and into the twenty first. Spanning a period of approximately seven decades, the three homes are innovative examples of their time. You'll be led on a tour of interiors and exteriors by historical experts as well as some of the original architects. At the end of the tour you are also invited to enjoy a light repast, be entertained by a panel discussion and discuss your own opinions on what is good design. 

EXPLORING MODERN ARCHITECTURE
Australian Architecture Association launching a new event to encourage the growing interest in good house design

On Sunday July 31st this year, the Australian Architecture Association is introducing a new type of event intended to deepen the understanding of modern architecture amongst people who have a broad interest in design.  It is structured to answer three sets of questions:

  1. What are the essential elements of good residential architecture?
  2. What can be learned by looking at outstanding houses from the recent past?  What distinguishes an enduring design element from a faddish add-on?
  3. What can be learnt from careful consideration of outstanding buildings which would benefit non-architects in making judgements about design?

During the afternoon, participants will be guided through three outstanding houses from different eras, each considered “highly innovative” when built.  Immediately afterwards, they will gather for a panel discussion which will aim to reveal insights on the nature of good modern architecture and its evolution which have arisen from the earlier house tours.  Citing and discussing specific examples will help generate forward-looking, broadly applicable ideas and concepts.

Three ‘highly innovative’ houses from three different times

Participants will visit three exemplary architect designed houses situated close to each other in Castlecrag but built decades apart:

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  • Walter Burley Griffin’s 1929 Fishwick house.  His prominent and celebrated Castlecrag showpiece experts consider to be at the forefront of Australia’s most important early 20th century houses.  Crammed with design ideas considered radically new at the time, but now commonplace.

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  • Andre Porebski’s 1973 Maley house.  An elegantly-designed building with carefully sculpted spaces drawing on the principles of International Modernism.  A raised circular “pod” forms a striking, elevated dining area within its cube-like structure.  Harmony with and respect for its Griffin neighbour was a primary architectural constraint.

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  • Stanic Harding’s 2001 Newton house.  A stunning multi-levelled structure with a complex linkage of interior and exterior spaces ultimately focusing on its beautiful harbour and bushland views.  A four metre high glass wall complements its otherwise robust white interior.

Stop Press.  Another launch event at the same gathering:  fishwickhouse.org

Also celebrated at the Fishwick house will be the launch of its own website.  A product of many years’ research, indications are that this will be the first not-for-profit site for a privately owned and occupied residence.  Designed to fill evident gaps in knowledge of this extraordinary, complex building, the site includes over 150 images from 19 professional and specialist photographers, cinematographers and artists, including Max Dupain.  Evidencing Griffin’s brilliance, ingenuity and creativity, it provides details of the house’s history, prominence, significance and architectural qualities and documents some forty of his radically new design elements.

Panellists and discussion

The early evening panel discussion will be at the Fishwick house - highly appropriate because this was a frequent meeting and socialising place for members of early Castlecrag community groups, including the Griffins.  An informal, social atmosphere will encourage broad participation.

Panel members will be:

  • Tone Wheeler.  President of the AAA.  Commentator, advisor, critic and lecturer.  In 1996 founded Environa Studio, one of Australia’s leading sustainable architecture practices, which produces highly innovative, yet practical and liveable structures underpinned by strong design concepts - often experimental.
  • Andre Porebski.  Founding partner of Porebski Architects was at the very beginning of his five decade career when he gained the Maley commission.  The practice remains tightly-focussed and its success has been attributed to its sharp, disciplined architectural thinking.
  • Andy Harding.  Founding partner of Stanic Harding & Associates, winner of over 20 architectural awards including the 2001 RAIA housing award for the Newton house.  Famed for their highly detailed approach to architecture forming simple compositions with strong expression.
  • Tim Ross. Comedian, writer, broadcaster and TV presenter. His live show Man About the House is performed exclusively in Architecturally significant houses. In August 2016 his two part documentary on the evolution of the Australian suburbs, Streets of Your Town, premieres on ABC TV. Tim lives in a 1959 house designed by Bill Baker.
  • Anne Watson. Formerly curator of architecture and design at the Powerhouse Museum. Curated numerous exhibitions including the Griffins, Marc Newson and the Sydney Opera House.  Editor of “Beyond Architecture” on the Griffins' work in America, Australia and India, “Building a Masterpiece” on the Opera House.  

TOUR DETAILS:

Time: 2.30pm - 6.30pm
Date: Sunday 31 July 2016
Location: Castlecrag
Note: Meeting Point and addresses for the houses will be emailed out to tour participants in the days immediately preceding the tour.
Tickets: $90 (Public) / $80 (AAA Member)

As numbers are limited, book early so you don't miss out on this unique event exploring three privately owned modern residences.

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1 & 2: Fishwick House designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin (Photographer Alasdair McGregor)
  • Image 2 & 3: Maley House designed by Andre Porebski (Photographer Michael Nicholson)
  • Image 4 & 5: Newton House designed by Stanic Harding (Photographer Andy Harding)

Residential Bus Tour - 30 July

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Discover four contemporary homes over one day on the NSW AAA Residential Bus Tour. Taking place on Saturday 30 July 2016, explore some of the most interesting new, renovated contemporary and heritage residential architecture on the North Shore, Lower North Shore and Inner West of Sydney. Meet the architects who worked on the houses to learn first hand the different ways homes are designed and constructed to satisfy the needs of their clients and respond to the surrounding environment.

On the tour you will explore the insides and outsides of residences designed by architects such as Bijl Architecture, Bennett & Trimble Architects, Greenbox Architecture and Jorge Hrdina Architects.

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TOUR DETAILS

Date: Saturday 30 July 2016
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (public) / $175 (AAA Members)

A delicious meal is included in the price of the tour and is great opportunity to get to know like minded design enthusiasts as well as some of the architects in a relaxed setting.

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 & Annette Dearing
  • Image 1: (provided by Greenbox Architecture) Castlecrag House designed by Greenbox Architecture
  • Image 2: (provided by Jorge Hrdina Architects) Killara House designed by Jorge Hrdina Architects

 

VIC: At Home With the Architect Visits Albert Park

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On Sunday 10 July, At Home with the Architect visits a residence in Albert Park. Designed by Austin Maynard Architects – ‘Mills, the toy management house’ is the result of radical alterations to a narrow one storey weatherboard terrace, where the fit-out was driven by the clients desire for a kid-friendly home. On the tour architect Andrew Maynard will explain the design process and lead you through the house.

Come and see this amazing extension where only the original facade and front two rooms remain. Many of the features of the residence are the result of the brief, which was to design a light-filled home that could hide the mess typically made by a small child. In response Austin Maynard Architects devised a floor that was a giant toy box. At 450 millimetres deep, it not only provides vast storage and a play space, but also seating for adults at a comfortable height.

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Perforated metal has been used throughout the home to control sunlight and increase air flow, blurring the lines between inside and outside. The glass walls of the living space are offset from the perforated facade, which creates a comfortable outdoor space that feels as though it is within the skin of the house.

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Though the site is small, the architects have maximised natural light and air to all spaces. Like all of Austin Maynard's buildings, sustainability is at the core of the Mills House.

Mills is a complex home, full of ideas, however there are 2 core elements.

1. The floor is a giant toy-box.

2. The rear facade filters and softens the strong sunlight that had previously dominated the backyard.

The floor is the cupboard.

ABOUT ANDREW MAYNARD AND AUSTIN MAYNARD ARCHITECTS

Andrew Maynard founded Andrew Maynard Architects in 2002 and Mark Austin joined the firm in 2007, becoming a director in 2009. The practice, rebranded this year as Austin Maynard Architects, has received numerous industry awards, with their projects and architectural commentary extensively published across both print media and the internet and their work exhibited around the world.

The firm is recognised predominately for its residential design, however they also undertake commercial and cultural projects, design objects, furniture and experimental prefabrication.

The central ethos of their work is to design environments that are both equitable and sustainable.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Albert Park, VIC
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 12.00pm - 1.30pm
Date: Sunday 10 July 2016
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this privately owned residence, as numbers are limited.

Book your tickets before 3 July 2016 and enjoy an early-bird price. Click here to secure your place on the tour.

 

NSW At Home With the Architect Visits Paddington

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Buy your tickets by Monday night and you’ll enjoy an early-bird discount to this month's NSW At Home with the Architect, which visits Tivoli Terrace - an updated Victorian residence in Paddington. Designed by Chris Bosse, principal of the international architectural practice LAVA, the alterations made to a narrow four metre wide home provide greater practicality and storage as well as a sense of light and air within the interiors.

With space being an issue every surface is a design element making a statement that has more than one function. New timber floors streamline the dining, living and kitchen areas into one continuous space. The living area is extended into the courtyard by sliding windows and timber screens that magically hide from view and give shading and privacy, as well as access to light and air.

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A new galley style kitchen is at the heart of the home and features a beautiful sculptural custom-made island bench. A white four metre long Corian bench with white glass splashback, and white laminated plywood cabinetry reflects light back into the interior.

Additional storage is an important feature and it has been created along every possible surface. The living / dining features floor to ceiling shelves. The screen on the staircase doubles as balustrade as well as storage and light feature.

Tivoli Terrace is a great example of a home that links the Victorian past of Sydney with the future of contemporary architecture.

ABOUT CHRIS BOSSE AND LAVA

Chris Bosse is a German born architect who resides in Sydney. He co-founded LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) with Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck in 2007 and the multi-award winning practice maintains offices in Sydney, Stuttgart and Berlin.

LAVA’s ethos for design is to build MORE WITH LESS: more (architecture) with less (material/ energy/time/cost). Their practice merges future technologies with the patterns of organisation found in nature to build a smarter, friendlier, more socially and environmentally responsible future.

LAVA designs everything from master-plans and urban centres, to homes made out of PET bottles to ‘reskinning’ aging 60s icons, from furniture to hotels, houses and airports of the future.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Paddington 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 - 12.30pm
Date: Sunday 26 June 2016
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: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images Source: LAVA
  • Photographer: Brett Boardman

 

NSW: Last Chance to Visit the Biennale of Sydney

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Time is running out to visit the 20th Biennale of Sydney, which finishes on Sunday 5 June 2016. This year the 20th Biennale of Sydney unveiled works by 83 artists from 35 countries presented across seven ‘Embassies of Thought’.

The Asia Pacific region’s largest contemporary visual arts event - the 20th Biennale of Sydney: ‘The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed’ is presented free to the public across seven venues or ‘Embassies of Thought’ and multiple ‘in-between spaces’ around the inner city, from Friday 18 March until 5 June 2016.

The exhibition is supplemented by a comprehensive schedule of public programs including daily guided tours, artist and curator-led talks, lectures, workshops, salons, reading groups and gatherings.

Artistic Director Stephanie Rosenthal commented: “The ‘Embassies of Thought’ in the 20th Biennale have been conceived as temporary settings without set borders, representing transient homes for constellations of thought. The themes associated with each of these ‘embassies’ are inspired by the individual histories of each venue, whilst the ‘in between’ spaces speak to one of the key ideas in this Biennale exploring the distinction between the virtual and the physical worlds. We’re asking visitors to consider our interaction with the digital world, as well our displacement from and occupation of spaces and land, along with the interconnections between politics and financial power structures.”

The Biennale’s seven ‘Embassies of Thought’ are: Cockatoo Island (Embassy of the Real); Art Gallery of New South Wales (Embassy of Spirits); Carriageworks (Embassy of Disappearance); Artspace (Embassy of Non-Participation); Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Embassy of Translation); a roving bookshop (Embassy of Stanislaw Lem) and first time venue Mortuary Station (Embassy of Transition).

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  • Article: 20th Biennale of Sydney Media Release
  • Images Source: 20th Biennale of Sydney
  • Image 1: Charwei Tsai, 'Spiral Incense Mantra', 2016, hand made spiral incense made of herbal materials dimensions variable. Installation view of the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016) at Mortuary Station. Courtesy of the artist. Created for the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Photographer Ben Symons.
  • Image 2: Chiharu Shiota, 'Conscious Sleep', 2009/2016, beds threads dimensions. Installation view of the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016) at Cockatoo Island. Courtesy of the artist. Created for the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Photographer: Ben Symons.

NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits Newtown

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This month's NSW At Home with the Architect visits a contemporary eco-house in Newtown designed by Steele Associates. Heralded as Australias’ first green-roofed terrace, the development of three attached residences was officially opened by the Hon. Rob Stokes, Minister for Planning, on Thursday 14 April and sets a benchmark for an alternative approach to sustainable urban living.

The houses feature native living roofs, are solar powered, have motorized retractable glass roofs, Japanese burnt timber cladding and many more uber sustainable features you will see on this very interesting visit.

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Steele Associates founder and director, Oliver Steele, who is both a qualified builder and architect, explained that ’…The aim is to demonstrate to the property industry that it is possible to deliver exceptional sustainability outcomes within a conventional business model. This is Oliver's life's work.

Oliver has spent the past 20 years buildng up his design and construction business and has won many awards with the aim of bridging the gap between a productive economy and a healthy environment.

Come and see for yourselves this amazing development and hear about the design process from Oliver Steele.

Explore the interiors and exteriors of this green residence and be inspired as Oliver Steele explains how his design was conceptualised and executed.

Tour Details
Location: Newtown 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 May 2016
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

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NSW: Photographs From the AAA Residential Bus Tour

An unseasonably warm Autumn day with perfect clear blue skies heralded the latest AAA Residential Bus Tour of contemporary homes in the inner east and west of Sydney. Taking place on Saturday 18 April, tour participants got to explore five residences designed by the architects, Stanic Harding, Annabelle Chapman Architect, Chris Elliot Architects, Sam Crawford Architects and Bijl Architecture.

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Images 1, 2 & 3: Andy Harding of Stanic Harding discusses the design and construction of renovations and additions to a Victorian Terrace in Paddington.

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Images 4, 5 & 6: Annabelle Chapman of Annabelle Chapman Architect discusses the design and construction of renovations and additions to a Victorian Terrace also in Paddington.

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Images 7, 8 & 9: Chris Elliot of Chris Elliot Architects discusses the design and construction of renovations and additions to a freestanding residence in Bronte.

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Image 10: Tour attendees and our participating architects enjoy a delicious meal at Bondi Trattoria on Campbell Parade Bondi.

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Images 11, 12 & 13: Images of the interiors of a single storey renovated freestanding cottage in Bronte with two storey additions to the rear designed by Sam Crawford Architects.

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Images 14, 15 & 16: Melonie Bayl-Smith of Bijl Architecture and her clients discuss renovations and additions to a single storey Victorian terrace residence in Newtown.

Plans are underway for the next AAA Residential Bus Tour - stay tuned to 'All About Architecture' for an announcement of the date.

  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

NSW: Review Of At Home With the Architect April

REVIEW: Aprils NSW At Home with the Architect

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In April the NSW ’At Home With the Architect’ tour series explored a residence in the rural landscape of the Southern Highlands. Australian Architecture Association Vice President and architect Ben Gerstel attended the tour and wrote about the experience.

At Home With the Architect: Indigo Lane, Exeter

In April ‘At Home With the Architect’ explored a home south of Sydney in Exeter.

After a pleasant Sunday drive, tour participants arrived in the Southern Highlands. Under glorious blue skies the owners and designers of the residence explained to the tour attendees how the house was designed and built.

The Exeter house is of modular design and is the result of an idea conceived by Melbourne architect, Sue Carr of the Carr Design Group, who saw an opening in the domestic housing market. She was of the opinion there are people in the community who want a well designed house without paying an outrageous sum of money for a bespoke residence. Ultimately the company, Intermode was created.

Everyone who attended the At Home With the Architect tour was very impressed with how well the house was designed and how simple it appeared as it did not look like what they imagined a modular design to be. Many people said they would be happy to live in a house like this.

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The house has a simple rectangular floor plan with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. A timber deck wraps around the whole house. The front of the house has a solid wall with the three remaining walls being floor to ceiling glass, that is double glazed for energy efficiency. The front wall acts like a thick wall which houses storage, the laundry and a study, all hidden behind white cupboards. The kitchen is located on this side of the house and opens to the living and dining areas. The floor is polished concrete heated by hydronic heating (which is hot water run through pipes buried in the concrete slab) and the external cladding is plywood Shadowclad which has been painted black. The colour scheme is black and white with colour added by the furnishings and the wonderful country side outlook.

With forty people attending, many of whom were new faces, this was another very successful AAA At Home with the Architect.

  • Article: Ben Gerstel
  • Image 1: Side of the Indigo Lane Residence
  • Image 2: Entry of the Indigo Lane Residence
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

Black Talk By UK Architect Julian Lipscombe

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Don't miss out on the 2016 AAA Black Talk by Julian Lipscombe, Director of UK firm Bennetts Associates, taking place on Wednesday 20 July. Hosted by AAA sponsor Austral Bricks at their Brickworks Design Studio, this talk promises to be an inspirational insight into how great architecture can enrich our experience of the built environment.

JULIAN LIPSCOMBE - THE IMPERATIVE OF PLACE
An Evolution in Approach

What role is there for a distinctive 'Sense of Place' in the seemingly inexorable tide of globalisation sweeping through architecture and the built environment?

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Julian Lipscombe (Director of UK firm Bennetts Associates) will explore his views on the subject by showcasing current work in helping to reimagine "The Original Modern City" and a headquarters for a major luxury brand. These commissions for Manchester and Jaguar Land Rover capture many themes that have evolved in Bennetts Associates approach to urban design and 'place' over the years.

The talk will chart this evolution as well as exploring its root in observation and the writings of Camillo Sitte, Gordon Cullen, Jane Jacobs, Jan Gehl and the like. In so doing, Julian will track essays on the subject in the practice's forthcoming book - Bennetts Associates: Five Insights.

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ABOUT JULIAN LIPSCOMBE AND BENNETTS ASSOCIATES

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As founding members of the UK Green Building Council, Bennetts Associates has a solid reputation as one of the countries leading environmentally sustainable designers and Julian Lipscombe has overseen the design and construction of an impressive portfolio of multi-award winning and sustainable projects across the UK and Europe.

Bennetts Associates was established in 1987 and have offices in London, Edinburgh and Manchester. Their dedication to approaching site and location with sensitivity, respect for history in adaptive reuse and intent to design sustainable buildings with a unique identity, has garnered numerous awards for the practice in all aspects of design and construction.

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These include 18 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) awards and two ‘Prime Minister’s Better Public Building’ awards – for the Jubilee Library in Brighton and 5 Pancras Square in King’s Cross, London - which also won the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) Mixed Use and Other category in the Best of BREEAM 2016 Awards.

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Bennetts Associates has twice been voted UK Architectural Practice of the Year by Building magazine and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for the third time in 2011, for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Julian Lipscombe has presented to AAA audiences on two previous occasions. In 2014 he spoke about Bennetts Associates role in the transformation of Kings Cross which has been cited as an exemplary model for good urban planning. In 2012 Julian discussed Bennetts Associates design ethos and primary inspirations for the firms work, with the talk culminating in a case study of their design for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

BLACK TALK DETAILS

Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Date: Wednesday 20 July 2016
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 50 Carrington Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $50 (Early Bird Public - until 10 July 2016) / $60 (Public - After 10 July 2016) / $40 (AAA Members) / $35 (Students)
Note: Corporate members receive complimentary tickets, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Previous AAA audiences have raved about how great a speaker Julian Lipscombe is, this is definitely a talk you won’t want to miss. Click here to book your tickets.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Bennetts Associates
  • Images Source: Bennetts Associates
  • Image 1,2,3 & 4: HS2 Manchester Piccadilly SRF is Bennetts Associates vision for the transformation of 140 acres (14%) of Manchester city centre and Piccadilly Station, triggered by the advent of the HS2 a planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom directly linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester.
  • Image 5 & 6: The Shaftesbury Theatre, in London’s West End.
  • Image 7 & 8: 5 Pancras Square Camden, London, winner in the BREEAM Mixed Use and Other category Best of BREEAM 2016 Awards.
  • Image 9 & 10: Private Residence in Cumbria UK, winner of a North West Award in the 2016 RIBA Regional Awards.

NSW Castle Cove Walk - Special Price For April

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In April enjoy a special discount on the Castle Cove Walking Tour. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon immersing yourself in 1960’s suburbia and trace how it is changing. Be reminded of your growing up years – of textured coloured brick, decorative balustrades and lots and lots of features too good to miss!

In 1920 Walter Burley Griffin founded the Greater Sydney Development Association (GSDA), which purchased 650 acres of Middle Harbour and encompassed the peninsulas of Castlecrag, Middlecove and Castlecove. Castlecove was the last of which to be developed as a suburb.

Originally Castlecove was a pure 1950’s and 1960’s single dwelling suburb and one of the first to incorporate a golf course. The area is now gentrifying, with houses either being renovated or knocked down. Over the course of the tour you will view numerous buildings designed by architects. These include works by Martin and King Architects, White Box Architecture, Harry Seidler & Associates, Marston Architects, Bruce Rickard and Luigi Roselli Architects.

Tour Details:
Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm
Date: Saturday 16 April 2016
Tickets: $15 (public) / $10 (senior & student) / Free for Australian Architecture Association Members

Click here to book your place on the tour and discover how architecture has developed in the area.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Ben Gerstel
  • Image: Castle Cove residence designed by architect Harry Seidler (Source: Australian Architecture Association archive)

NSW Residential Bus Tour Takes Place 16 April

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Don't miss out! This is your last chance to secure tickets for the NSW AAA Residential Bus Tour taking place on Saturday 16 April. Discover some of the latest contemporary residential architecture in the inner east of Sydney designed by architects such as Annabelle Chapman Architect, Chris Elliot Architects, Sam Crawford Architects and Stanic Harding Architecture + Interiors.

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This is an all day bus tour with lunch provided. Join the tour and meet the architects to learn first hand the different ways houses are designed and constructed.

Tour Details:
Date: Saturday 16 April 2016
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

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AAA Welcomes A New Sponsor - Kingspan Insulation

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The Australian Architecture Association is proud to announce that Kingspan Insulation is it’s newest sponsor. Kingspan Insulation is a part of the Kingspan Group, a global company that has been manufacturing innovative products for the construction industry for over forty years.

Kingspan Group are a world leader in the provision of products and services with sustainability at their core, and are recognised throughout the construction industry for their commitment to innovation, design, quality and technical expertise.

The Kingspan Insulation division is a market leading manufacturer of innovative ultra-thin flexible insulation products and super high performance rigid insulation products for building fabric and building services applications.

Click here to visit their website and learn more about how Kingspan can assist you with your latest construction project.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Kingspan Insulation logo (supplied by Kingspan Insulation)
  • Image 2: Newtown House designed by Bijl Architecture was featured in a AAA Residential Bus Tour and utilises Kingspan insulated pre-finished metal panels to achieve high thermal performance and cost effective construction. (Image sourced from the Bijl Architecture website) 

NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits Balmoral

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This month's NSW At Home with the Architect visits Balmoral House, an award winning residence designed by Melbourne based Clinton Murray Architects in association with Sydney based architectural practice Polly Harbison Design. On Sunday 28 August, tour participants will be able to explore the interiors and exteriors of Balmoral House as Clinton Murray explains its design.

Inspired by the client’s love of artistic experimentation and sculptural forms, Balmoral House is a union of engineering and architecture, comprising carefully arranged concrete forms that are stacked and arrayed across the site to respond to views, sun and privacy.

Located in an area typically dominated by high fences and intercoms, Balmoral House is deliberately designed to connect with the community, allowing passers-by to touch and feel the building and look through to framed views over the beach and to the harbour beyond.

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ABOUT CLINTON MURRAY

Clinton Murray grew up in Ballarat and studied Architecture at Deakin University in Geelong. Working as a sole practitioner between 1996 and 2008, he completed the design and construction of a series of houses predominately along Australia’s east coast.

In 2008 he joined the multi-disciplinary architecture and engineering consulting group S2F (SKM/Jacobs) where he was appointed Design Director.

In 2015 Clinton resumed his private practice Clinton Murray Architects. Based in Melbourne the firm is currently working on a range of projects in Australia, New Zealand and south-east Asia.

TOUR DETAILS
Location: Balmoral 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 28 August 2016
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

 

Have Your Say on the Draft Cultural Ribbon Strategy

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The City of Sydney has created a draft Cultural Ribbon Strategy that proposes a new harbourside walking trail exploring the history of the city and the relationship between the land, maritime history and Sydney's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. They are currently inviting comment from the public and you can download a copy of the strategy and then share your ideas. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 19 September 2016.

Here’s your opportunity to remind the City of Sydney that the Australian Architecture Association already plays a significant role in promoting the history and development of the built environment around Sydney on its architectural walking tours. As a not-for-profit organisation we provide a unique insight into the city of Sydney to both Australian and international audiences. It would be great to see the local government promoting the services of grassroots organisations such as the AAA in the development and execution of their strategy.

Click here to download the strategy and have your say.

The AAA conducts tours through the City of Sydney on a weekly basis. Join one of our tours such as the Sydney City Walk, Walk Through Time or The Rocks Walk to learn about the history and development of Sydney.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Walsh Bay
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

NSW: Join the AAA on a Walk Through Redfern

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Experience the Australian Architecture Associations' walking tour of the urban village, Redfern. 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 two 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, state of the art community facilities and a potpourri of retro shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

TOUR DETAILS


Meeting Point: The Clock Tower, Redfern Post Office, 101-103 George Street, Redfern NSW 2016

Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm

Date: Sunday 18 September 2016

Tickets: $20 (public) / $15 (Seniors / Students) / AAA Members Free

Please note: Students to present Student ID on the day.

Click here to book your place on the tour.

  • Article Text: AAA Redfern Walk
  • Image: Residence designed by Ian Moore Architects
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits Alexandria

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This month's NSW At Home with the Architect, visits a sustainable renovation of a residence in Alexandria designed by CplusC Architectural Workshop. On Sunday 25 September, tour participants will be able to explore the interiors and exteriors of the home as Clinton Cole explains its design.

Inspired by their environmentally conscious and socially responsible clients, the two bedroom terrace house was designed to be essentially carbon neutral and is a positive model for how inner city residential design can impact on place making and community engagement.

The home includes an aquaponics system for fish harvesting, rain water storage for use throughout the home, a wicking bed to filter water, compost, a worm farm and chicken coop working in harmony with a productive vegetable garden, an evacuated glass tube solar hot water system and a 3KW photovoltaic power generation system to run the home and charge the couple's electric car.

Clinton Cole discussed how the home is ‘…a vital example of what architecture needs to be’. It illustrates how sensitive architectural design can be a powerful way to facilitate connections with the local community. Through the sharing of vegetables, herbs and eggs produced on site, the clients have met people on their street they have lived next to for many years but not met until now.

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ABOUT CPLUSC ARCHITECTURAL WORKSHOP

Architect and licenced builder, Clinton Cole, founded CplusC Architectural Workshop in 2005. Based in Darlington, the practice specialises in the design and construction of expertly detailed, luxurious and sustainable homes.

Winner of multiple design and construction industry awards, CplusC offer both architectural and construction services. The practice believes in great architectural ideas, efficient construction systems, holistic sustainable project development and exceptional value for service. 

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Alexandria 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 25 September 2016
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Alexandria Residence designed by CplusC Architectural Workshop 
  • Images Source: supplied by CplusC Architectural Workshop
  • Photographer: David O’Sullivan

LAVA Awarded European Prize for Architecture

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Congratulations to LAVA who were recently awarded as Laureates of the prestigious European Prize for Architecture, which recognises the best European architects who have determined a more critical, intellectual and artistic approach to the design of buildings and cities.

Each year, The European Prize for Architecture is awarded jointly by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design to architects who have made a committment to forward the principles of European humanism.

LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) was founded in 2007 by Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck and the multi-award winning practice maintains offices in Sydney, Stuttgart and Berlin. 

LAVA’s ethos for design is to build MORE WITH LESS: more (architecture) with less (material/ energy/time/cost). Their practice merges future technologies with the patterns of organisation found in nature to build a smarter, friendlier, more socially and environmentally responsible future. LAVA designs everything from master-plans and urban centres, to homes made out of PET bottles to ‘reskinning’ aging 60s icons, from furniture to hotels, houses and airports of the future.

In June Chris Bosse, Director of LAVA's Sydney office, opened the doors to his Paddington Residence for the AAA’s At Home With the Architect.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Paddington Residence designed by LAVA
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

Australian Architects Feature Prominently in WAF Awards

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WAF - the World Architecture Festival takes place in Berlin, Germany over the 16-18 November 2016. This years short-listing of awards was recently announced and features numerous outstanding projects by Australian architects, many of whom have been featured on Australian Architecture Association tours.

The AAA would like to congratulate the following architects on their shortlisting:

  • Allen Jack + Cottier - Abbotsleigh Multi-Purpose Sports Hall, in Wahroonga NSW, has been shortlisted for a Sport - Completed Buildings award.
  • Aspect Studios with Chrofi - The Goods Line in Ultimo Sydney, has been shortlisted for a Landscape award.
  • Bates Smart, Canberra Airport Hotel, Canberra ACT, has been shortlisted for a Hotel and Leisure - Completed Buildings - Sponsored by Grohe award.
  • Bates Smart - TransGrid Headquarters, in Haymarket NSW, has been shortlisted for an Office - Completed Buildings award.
  • BVN - South East Regional Hospital, in Bega NSW, has been shortlisted for a Health - Completed Buildings award.
  • BVN and Conrad Gargett in association - The Australian Army Museum of Military Engineering in Holsworthy NSW, has been shortlisted for a Culture - Completed Buildings award.
  • Cox Rayner Architects, BCEC on Grey Street, in Brisbane QLD, has been shortlisted for a Mixed Use - Completed Buildings - Sponsored by ABB and Busch-Jaeger award.
  • Cox Rayner Architects - Flood House in Brisbane, Australia has been shortlisted for a House - Future Projects award.
  • Cox Rayner Architects in association with Aurecon - Brisbane Ferry Terminals Flood Renewal, in Brisbane, Australia has been shortlisted for a Transport - Completed Buildings award and Small projects award.
  • Fender Katsalidis Architects - NewActon Nishi, Canberra ACT, has been shortlisted for a Mixed Use - Completed Buildings - Sponsored by ABB and Busch-Jaeger award.
  • Fox Johnston - Green Square Childcare Centre in Sydney NSW, has been shortlisted for an Education - Future Projects award.
  • Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp - Waterfront Pavilion for the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour NSW, has been shortlisted for both a Civic and Community - Completed Buildings award and Display - Completed Buildings award.
  • Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp - Anadara, Barangaroo Sydney NSW, has been shortlisted for shortlisted for a Housing - Completed Buildings - Sponsored by Grohe award.
  • Hassell - East Perth Power Station in Perth, Australia has been shortlisted for a Culture - Future Projects award
  • Hayball - South Melbourne Primary School in Melbourne, Australia has been shortlisted for an Education - Future Projects award.
  • HDR | Rice Daubney - Novartis Building, in Macquarie Park NSW, has been shortlisted for an Office - Completed Buildings award.
  • Ian Moore Architects - McLeod House in Middle Harbour, Sydney, NSW has been shortlisted for a House - Completed Buildings award.
  • Robin Williams Architect - Villa Marittima at St Andrews Beach VIC, has been shortlisted for a House - Completed Buildings award.
  • SJB Architects - 10 Wylde Street, Sydney NSW has been shortlisted for a Housing - Completed Buildings - Sponsored by Grohe award.
  • Smart Design Studio - Indigo Slam in Chippendale, NSW has been has been shortlisted for a House - Completed Buildings award.
  • Tzannes - The Brewery Yard, in Chippendale NSW has been shortlisted for a New And Old - Completed Buildings award.
  • Woods Bagot, University of Sydney Business School, in Darlington NSW, has been shortlisted for a Higher Education and Research - Completed Buildings award.

Good luck to you all!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image Source: Robin Williams Architect
  • Image: Villa Marittima designed by Robin Williams Architect - was featured in the AAA’s Victorian At Home With the Architect in November 2015.

NSW: AAA To Take Part in the Surry Hills Festival

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On Saturday 24 September the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is taking part in the Surry Hills Festival and inviting design enthusiasts to join a special tour raising funds for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre (SHNC).

Join a tour developed by AAA President and architect Tone Wheeler. Explore the history of local building types from tiny terraces to factory buildings and get an insight into Surry Hills’ public housing architecture, now increasingly juxtaposed with trendy living quarters.

TOUR DETAILS:

TOUR 1
Meeting Point: Ward Park Info Stall
Time: 11.00am-12.00pm
Date: Saturday 24 September 2016
Cost: $10 donation to SHNC

TOUR 2
Meeting Point: Shannon Reserve Info Stall
Time: 12.30pm-1.30pm
Date: Saturday 24 September 2016
Cost: $10 donation to SHNC

TOUR 3
Meeting Point: Ward Park Info Stall
Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm
Date: Saturday 24 September 2016
Cost: $10 donation to SHNC

TOUR 4
Meeting Point: Shannon Reserve Info Stall
Time: 3.30pm-4.30pm
Date: Saturday 24 September 2016
Cost: $10 donation to SHNC

Please note - numbers are limited for each tour. Arrive at the meeting point early to secure your position in the tour.

ABOUT THE SURRY HILLS FESTIVAL

The Surry Hills Festival returns with Spring for another fabulous celebration in and around Ward Park and Shannon Reserve, Crown Street, laneways, pop up spaces, and great venues and creative outlets across Surry Hills. Experience the fascinating heritage, creativity and innovation of this unique urban enclave. With great food and produce, art, design, live music, entertainment and more, there is something for everyone.

Book now or click here to find out about the events taking place over the day.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: AAA Surry Hills Walk

Free Talk On Jack Mundey At Lane Cove Library

 

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On Thursday 20 October Lane Cove Library is hosting a talk by James Coleman, author of ‘The House That Jack Built - Jack Mundey: Green Bans Hero’. As a leader of the New South Wales Builder’s Labourers Federation (BLF), Jack Mundey came to prominence in the 1970s as a key figure in the Green Bans movement which campaigned successfully in the protection of the built and natural environment of Sydney.

Pulling together an alliance of environmentalists and union players the Green Bans movement fought against the bulldozer mentality of the 1960s and 1970s which almost saw The Rocks fitted out with high-rise buildings, a highway through the centre of Glebe and total development of Centennial Park.

This a talk that promises to highlight a fascinating time in the history of Sydney and shouldn't be missed. Make sure you book your place at this free talk by contacting Lane Cove Library.

The AAA - Sharing Award Winning Architecture

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Congratulations to Bijl Architecture for their recent win in the 2016 MBA (Master Builders Association) NSW Excellence in Housing Awards. Their project ’Wairangi House’ in Killara, which was featured on the AAA’s July Residential Bus Tour, took out the category Restoration / Addition $2million-$3million.

Bijl Architecture was established in 2012 by architect Melonie Bayl-Smith and is already the recipient of numerous architecture and construction industry awards. The practice has worked on a variety of projects including work across residential, interiors, commercial and public sectors, with a focus on a collaborative approach to each project working closely with clients, consultants and builders.

The practice’s design philosophy identifies that inherent flexibility and intentional longevity are key to creating sustainable architecture, from the viewpoints of aesthetics, functionality, economy and the total environment.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: 'Wairangi House' designed by Bijl Architecture
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

VIC: At Home With the Architect Visits Elsternwick

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This month's VIC At Home with the Architect, visits a compact residence in Elsternwick designed by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects that was awarded a commendation in the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015 Victorian Architecture Awards. On Sunday 23 October, tour participants will be able to explore the interiors and exteriors of the ‘Hiding House’ as the architect explains its design.

Built on a ‘battle-axe’ shaped block that was once a suburban tennis court, the design of the two storey residence was inspired by the clients desire for tranquility and seclusion from the street and a need for privacy from the site’s 11 surrounding neighbours.

The home is composed of a series of interlocking rooms and gardens that create spatial variety, while allowing the house to adapt to changing needs. Doors and windows slide open and closed, revealing views and protecting privacy.

ABOUT JACKSON CLEMENTS BURROWS ARCHITECTS

Melbourne based firm Jackson Clements Burrows Architects was founded in 1998 by Tim Jackson, Jon Clements and Graham Burrows.

The practice undertakes projects across a variety of sectors including residential, commercial, institutional, interior and urban design. The collaborative design-focused studio has a reputation for creating innovative architecture driven by environmentally sustainable design principles.

Jackson Clements Burrows' work has been recognised through numerous design and industry awards and has been published in leading Australian and international design journals.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Elsternwick, VIC
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 12.00pm - 1.30pm
Date: Sunday 23 October 2016
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

The AAA Announces it's Next Residential Bus Tour

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Discover the latest in contemporary home design with the NSW AAA Residential Bus Tour. The final tour for 2016 takes place on Saturday 3 December 2016.

Enjoy a full day exploring the insides and outsides of architect designed residences. Meet the architects who worked on the houses to learn first hand the different ways homes are designed and constructed to satisfy the needs of their clients and respond to the surrounding environment.

Be inspired by the creativity of architects such as Architect Prineas, Connor + Solomon Architects and Marston Architects.

TOUR DETAILS

Date: Saturday 3 December 2016
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (public) / $175 (AAA Members)

A delicious meal is included in the price of the tour and is great opportunity to get to know like minded design enthusiasts as well as some of the architects in a relaxed setting.

Tickets will sell out fast, so book now to learn how the designs evolved. Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: The Breeze Block House designed by Architect Prineas
  • Image 2: D House designed by Marston Architects
  • Photographer: Katherine Lu

NSW: Special Discount for the First Twilight Walk in November

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Wind down from a day at the office and enjoy a special discount on the AAA’s first end of year Twilight Walks. Taking place on the evening of Wednesday 2 November, you’ll take a leisurely stroll through the city as it’s wreathed in the glow of twilight.

Over the 90 minute tour your AAA trained tour guide will walk you through the development of Sydney and the evolution of skyscrapers which define the Sydney skyline.

We examine many of the buildings in the Central Business District and trace the development of modernism and the high rise tower. From Harry Seidler's iconic Australia Square tower that dominated the cityscape, to more recent additions such as Sir Norman Foster's Deutsche Bank and Renzo Piano's Aurora Place.

As we walk, many of these Sydney icons start to put on their night-time glitter and you will find out how much lighting can beautify the city at night!

TOUR DETAILS

Date: Wednesday 2 November 2016
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Tickets: $10 (public) / AAA Members - free

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

AIA Invites You To Vote For Your Favourite House

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In October the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) invites you to vote for your favourite house in the 2016 National Architecture Awards’ People’s Choice Award. The Australian Architecture Association has featured two of the nominated homes in its At Home With the Architect tour series. Reddog Architects 'Chapel Hill House' was featured in a QLD At Home With the Architect in August 2015 and Austin Maynard Architects 'Mills, The Toy Management House' was featured in a VIC At Home With the Architect in July 2016.

The full list of houses nominated for the award are:

  • Camino House (WA) – Bosske Architecture
  • Chapel Hill House (QLD) – Reddog Architects
  • Darlinghurst Rooftop (NSW) – CO-AP (Architects)
  • Deepdene House (VIC) – Kennedy Nolan
  • Deepwater (NSW) – Tobias Partners
  • Five Yards House (TAS) – Archier
  • Granville Residence (QLD) – Richard Kirk Architect
  • House in Hamilton (QLD) – Phorm Architecture + Design with Tato Architects
  • Indigo Slam (NSW) – Smart Design Studio
  • Jenny’s House (TAS) – Rosevear Stephenson
  • Mills, The Toy Management House (VIC) – Austin Maynard Architects
  • Point Lonsdale House (VIC) – NMBW Architecture Studio
  • Project Zero (QLD) – BVN
  • Rosalie House (QLD) – Owen Architecture

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Congratulations to all the talented nominees. Click here to cast your vote before Thursday 27 October.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: The Toy Management House designed by Austin Maynard Architects
  • Image Source: Austin Maynard Architects
  • Photographer: Peter Bennetts
  • Image 2: Chapel Hill House designed by Reddog Architects
  • Image Source: QLD At Home With the Architect tour
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits Seaforth

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This month's NSW At Home with the Architect, visits a sustainable residence in Seaforth designed by Environa Studio. The 100% off-the-grid self-sufficient suburban home utilised “Project home processes” to keep costs down, yet deliver a one-off architect designed, high finish house.

The architecture of the home is intentionally kept modest to fit with its surroundings and offers an example of how sensitive sustainable design can be realistically incorporated into an urban environment. The residence is representative of a solution that the architect describes as “…the way of the future” - where design increasingly needs to address environmental issues instead of continuing to follow redundant stylistic fashions.

ABOUT ENVIRONA STUDIO

Environa Studio is a Surry Hills based practice that was founded in 1986. The firm, headed by principal architects Tone Wheeler and Jan O’connor, integrates architecture, interiors and landscape design to achieve innovative sustainable projects and has undertaken projects in a variety of sectors including urban design, civic and commercial design, and group and individual housing.

Social and environmental responsibility is at the core of the design studio’s ethos where the principles “Long life, loose fit, low impact” drive their design of practical and liveable environments for their clients.

Environa Studio is a winner of multiple design competitions and industry awards and has been published extensively in leading design journals. The firm has also made a significant contribution to Australian building and sustainability regulations and architectural education.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Seaforth, NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00pm - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 30 October 2016
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Seaforth Residence designed by Environa Studio
  • Images Source: Environa Studio

NSW: AAA Partners in Sydney Design 2016

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It’s time to celebrate all things creative with the annual contemporary design festival - Sydney Design 2016. Taking place 2-11 September, the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is once again partnering in the festival. In association with MAAS (the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences) the AAA has developed a special architectural tour of the Sydney Observatory in Millers Point, The Rocks.

Join volunteers from the AAA on an architectural tour of one of Sydney’s most significant historic sites. Built in 1858, Sydney Observatory is one of the most significant sites in the nation’s scientific history. It is recognised as an item of ‘state significance’ by the New South Wales Government and is heritage listed.

Beginning as the centre of scientific research for the colony of New South Wales, the Observatory has a seminal role in the history of timekeeping, meteorology, navigation and astronomy in Australia.

Now known as Observatory Hill, the site was previously known as Windmill Hill, Citadel Hill, Fort Phillip and Flagstaff Hill. Each name indicates the site’s function over time, all of which relied on it being the highest point over Sydney Harbour.

The Observatory buildings, built from stone with distinctive copper telescope domes, were built between 1857 and 1859 in the Italianate style. They combined the practical needs of an observatory with those of an astronomer’s residence. The Observatory grounds recreate the original layout and vegetation of formal gardens cultivated in the 1880s.

Tour Details: Sydney Design - Architectural tours of Sydney Observatory
Presented by the Australian Architecture Association in partnership with Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS)
Location: Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort St, Millers Point NSW
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Dates:Saturday 3 September 2016 & Saturday 10 September 2016
Tickets: Adult $10 / Concession & Child $8 / Family $26 / Adult (AAA & MAAS Member) $8 / Concession & Child (AAA & MAAS Member) $6 / Family (AAA & MAAS Member) $22
Accessibility: Please note there is no wheelchair access to many of the Sydney Observatory spaces due to narrow and steep staircases in the heritage-listed buildings.  Strollers must be cloaked on arrival.

Click here to book your tickets.

During the festival you can also explore the architecture and history of the areas surrounding the Sydney Observatory. Join the AAA on the The Rocks Walk and stroll with us through the hilly terrain to experience how heritage and contemporary architecture co-exists in harmony.

Discover the marks left on the district by the plague of 1900 and major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the harbour bridge.

We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses of the 21st Century after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo.

Tour Details: The Rocks Walk
Location: Meet at the Harbourside Forecourt, Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks, NSW 2000
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Saturday 10 September 2016
Tickets: Public $20 / Senior & Student $15 (ID required to join the walk) / AAA Members Free
Accessibility: Please note the tour encompasses climbing stairs and walking over uneven surfaces.

Click here to book your place on the tour.

ABOUT SYDNEY DESIGN

Sydney Design 2016 is now in its 19th year. This annual contemporary design festival creates a platform for a convergence of people, ideas and activities across creative industry sectors.

Sydney Design program content provides visitors with an opportunity to unpack design in all its forms – to understand and explore the processes, functions and narratives within design enterprise and to be inspired by the exhibitions and people involved in creating our futures.

This year the Sydney Design festival explores the theme ‘Make or Break’ and examines the tension between success and failure and how designers are creatively using and deconstructing production methods and design histories to create solutions.

Click here to explore What’s On over the festival calendar.

 

 

 

 

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NSW: Join the AAA on a Walk Through Northbridge

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Experience the Australian Architecture Associations' walking tour of the lower North Shore suburb, Northbridge. It is only 7km away from the city, however you feel miles away.

Northbridge like its surrounding suburbs, is a peninsula jutting into Middle Harbour. It has Sailors Bay to the north and Long Bay to the south. It has approximately 2000 houses as well as older style flats and units.

The spine of Northbridge is called Sailors Bay Road, which traverses through the middle of the suburb, giving views to Castlecrag, Seaforth, Beauty Point, Cremorne and Neutral Bay.

Learn about the history of Northbridge and explore its streets to discover a wonderful and varied range of architect designed houses. It still has remains of aboriginal rock engravings and shell middens close to the water.

Northbridge was named after the bridge that links Northbridge to Cammeray, built over Tunks Park.

This tour will give you an insight into another suburb of Sydney which may not have known about.

Highlights include:

  • 1950's architect designed houses by Harry Seidler and Doug Snelling to contemporary houses designed by Marston Architects and Jorge Hrdina;
  • An ex prime minister's house;
  • Take in wonderful views of Middle Harbour.

TOUR DETAILS


Meeting Point: Bonds Corner Cafe, Shop 2/395 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge NSW 2063

Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Date: Saturday 17 September 2016
Tickets: $15 (public) / $10 (Seniors / Students) / AAA Members Free

Please note: Students to present Student ID on the day.

Click here to book your place on the tour.

  • Article: AAA Northbridge Walk
  • Image: Northbridge Tour Participants
  • Photographer: Annette Dearing

Review of the AAA Black Talk By Julian Lipscombe

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On Wednesday 20 July the AAA held a Black Talk by Julian Lipscombe, Director of UK firm Bennetts Associates at AAA sponsor Austral Bricks - Brickworks Sydney CBD Design Studio. The presentation, entitled ’THE IMPERATIVE OF PLACE: An Evolution in Approach’, explored the question - ‘What role is there for a distinctive ’Sense of Place’ in the seemingly inexorable tide of globalisation sweeping through architecture in the built environment?”.

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Julian Lipscombe began his talk with a brief overview of Bennetts Associates and the firms ideology when approaching design. Some of the principles they apply to their work included:

  • Primacy of place - creating a sense of place;
  • People as protagonist - allowing the users to dictate how designs should evolve;
  • Connected spaces - ensuring that projects link to the surrounding city fabric;
  • Character - allowing buildings to have a distinct character that reflects an understanding of their context in the greater environment;
  • Context - approaching each design project with an understanding of where it fits in with the environment, history and contemporary society;
  • Greenspace - giving amenity to users and the wider community;
  • Sustainability - reducing the ecological imprint of projects.

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Two projects that are currently being worked on by Bennetts Associates were used as case studies to discuss the implementation of the firms design ideology:

  • HS2 Manchester Piccadilly SRF - Bennetts Associates vision for the transformation of 140 acres (14%) of Manchester city centre and Piccadilly Station, triggered by the advent of the HS2 a planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom directly linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester; and
  • Jaguar Land Rover - Major renovations to its base of operations in Gaydon, Warwickshire, a 1000-acre site which will eventually become home to engineers, designers and product development experts who are currently spread across the company’s bases at Gaydon and its HQ in Whitley in Coventry.

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Due to the large scale of the two projects, Julian first talked about urban planning and how key figures in urban design such as Camillo Sitte, Gordon Cullen, Jane Jacobs and Jan Gehl have influenced the firm’s approach to masterplanning sites. He then went on to explain in greater detail how they have implemented the firm’s principles of design in the two projects.

On the previous two occasions when Julian Lipscombe has presented to AAA audiences, attendees have given feedback saying how great a speaker he is. This talk was no exception. Once again Julian Lipscombe has given an outstanding presentation, making the process of design easy to understand and logical in implementation. The overwhelming impression taken away from the talk was of an architect and a firm that are human centred - focussing on people, their needs and their experience of space instead of making flashy built ’statements’.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Julian Lipscombe of Bennetts Associates Architects
  • Image 2: AAA President Tone Wheeler introduces Julian Lipscombe
  • Image 3: Black Talk: Julian Lipscombe - attendees
  • Images 4 & 5: HS2 Manchester Piccadilly SRF visualisations (supplied by Bennetts Associates)
  • Photographer: Vincent Lam

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NSW: AAA Event - Exploring Modern Architecture

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On Sunday the 31st July, the AAA held a special event, titled ‘Exploring Modern Architecture’ which showcased outstanding examples of residential design in the garden suburb Castlecrag. Illustrating how ideas about modernity have evolved over time, tour participants explored three homes with their architects and owners explaining their history and design.

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The first house featured on the tour was Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin’s Fishwick House, which is the only two storey house the Griffins designed in Australia.

The other featured houses were a house next to the Fishwick House, known as the Maley House designed by Andre Porebski in 1973 and a major renovation to a 1960’s house by the architects Stanic Harding, completed in 2001. All three houses represent different periods in the history of Australian domestic architecture.

The earliest, Fishwick House, displayed advanced planning and ideas for its time - such as no hallways, an ensuite bathroom to the main bedroom, a roof terrace and a fish pond which acted as a skylight (though this was eventually removed).

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Continuing the modernist theme, the next house, the Maley House, was a wonderful contrast to the Fishwick House. It is a compact piece of modernist design, like a jewel box, designed in black and white. Whilst it appears a small house, it has a wonderful, spacious feeling inside enhanced by large areas of glazing and a split level design.

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The third house was a major renovation of a 1960’s house. The existing house did not receive much northern light and sunshine as it is located below street level and on the southern side of the Castlecrag peninsula. To resolve the lack of northern light and sunshine, the architects incorporated a northern courtyard and a 4 metre high openable window to pull northern light into the house. To maximise the courtyard, the kitchen also opens onto this external space. Like the Maley House, this house also had a wonderful and relaxed spacious feeling inside.

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Following the tour of the houses, participants were invited to return to Fishwick House where Andrew Kirk and Anne Watson (writer of ‘Visionaries In Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape’) launched the website Fishwick House: Walter Burley Griffin with much bravado!

Whilst enjoying food and drink tour attendees were entertained by a panel discussion with the architects, Andy Harding and Andre Porebski, along with Tone Wheeler and Tim Ross. The discussion focussed on topics like; What are the elements of good residential architecture? What can we learn from our architectural past and these three houses? And what can be learnt from careful consideration of outstanding buildings which would benefit the public in learning about good design?

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Tone Wheeler the AAA’s president was the MC who ran the lively discussion. As the only non-architect on the panel it was interesting to hear the perspective of the AAA’s new ambassador - comedian and commentator Tim Ross.

‘Exploring Modern Architecture’ was a very successful event with participants expressing how much they enjoyed the afternoon.

  • Article: Ben Gerstel
  • Image 1: Tour participants at Maley House designed by Andre Heyko-Porebski of Porebski Architects. Andre's son Alex Heyko-Porebski explains the design.
  • Images 2 & 3 (left to right): Exterior and Interior of Fishwick House designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. (Photographs provided by www.fishwickhouse.org)
  • Images 4, 5 & 6 (left to right): Architect Andre Heyko-Porebski, the eastern facade of Maley House and the Northern courtyard.
  • Images 7, 8 & 9 (left to right): Architect Andy Harding, Tour participants at the Newton House designed by Stanic Harding Architecture + Interiors.
  • Image 10: Andrew Kirk and Anne Watson (writer of ‘Visionaries In Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape’) launch the Fishwick House: Walter Burley Griffin website.
  • Image 11: Following the tour of the three homes a panel discussion was hosted at Fishwick House and featured (from left to right) Andy Harding, Andre Porebski, Tone Wheeler and Tim Ross. Tour participants enjoyed taking part in their discussion on modernity and their opinions on what constitutes good house design.
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens