NSW: Join a AAA Walking Tour of McMahons Point

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This Saturday join the Australian Architecture Association on its McMahons Point Walk. McMahons Point is a small lower north shore peninsula jutting into Sydney Harbour, flanked on the west by Berrys Bay, on the east by Lavender Bay and terminated at the tip by Blues Point..  The history of this suburb started in the late 1800's.  It was a popular place to catch a ferry to the city before the Harbour Bridge came along.

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This suburb was known for its boat building and maritime activities. Now, it is predominantly a residential suburb, made up of a variety of housing stock from small stone cottages, terrace houses to high rise apartments, all enjoying outstanding views of the harbour.

Blues Point Tower designed by the late Harry Seidler in 1961, is a well known landmark for McMahons Point. It was Australia's tallest residential building until 1970.

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If you are a local or visitor to Sydney, don't miss this opportunity to wander through McMahons Point and enjoy a wonderful variety of housing types which are waiting to be discovered.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Meet at Blues Point Hotel, 116 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point, NSW 2060
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Date: Saturday 9 September 2017
Tickets: $20 (Public) / $16 (Senior/Student) / AAA Members Free

To book your tickets for the tour click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images source: The Australian Architecture Association

Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with an architecture book

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A$100
The book: Bennetts Associates Five Insights

Donate to the AAA Keep Architecture Open fund raising campaign and be entertained with some great architectural reading.

'Bennetts Associates: Five Insights' comprises of a collection of essays authored by architects at all levels within the practice. It explores how the practice works and what is important to them, capturing their experiences of being an architect.

The essays by 18 different contributors, from a Part 1 student to job architects and directors, are followed by ten case studies of recent projects. The projects considered extend from the soon to be completed Midland Goods Shed at King’s Cross, London, to award-winning projects such as the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and a major new facility for Jaguar Land Rover.

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

Designer Cake by Something for Cake

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Donate $250 to our "Keep Architecture Open" fundraising campaign and be rewarded with this designer cake. 

Make a statement and celebrate your next occasion with one of these designer cakes by “Something for Cake”.  They are made from moist mud cakes, covered with delicious ganache and adorned with handmade chocolate decorations. 

Details:

* The glitter cake topper can be changed and designed to suit your needs. You can choose between;  Happy Birthday, Another written number, or Hooray

* This offer is valid for 12 months, and can be ordered straight upon donation. It is not available during December 2017 - January 2018

* You have your choice of flavour between; Chocolate, White Chocolate, or Caramel Mud

* Cake will need to be collected from Brookvale, Sydney in NSW

* When ordering the cake you will need to give “Something for Cake” at least 1 weeks notice.

NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits Haberfield

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 29 October and visits a house in Haberfield with the architect Matthew Bennett, Director of Bennett and Trimble Architects.

This project adopts the architectural forms, materiality and elements prescribed within a strict heritage conservation area and subtly manipulates them to create a sympathetic yet contemporary addition to a 1920’s brick bungalow. The hipped terracotta roof form of the addition is re-aligned to create a courtyard within the addition and to minimise contact with the original dwelling. The figure of the rear terrace inflects to accommodate significant eucalypts within the back garden.

ABOUT BENNETT AND TRIMBLE

Bennett and Trimble is a small architecture and urban design practice based in Sydney. The partnership between Matthew Bennett and Marcus Trimble, established in 2009, undertakes work on a broad range of projects, from master planning through to alterations and additions.

Matthew and Marcus have been the recipients of prestigious scholarships, fellowships and design medals. Their designs have been published both nationally and internationally.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Haberfield, 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 October 2017
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.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing / Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Haberfield House
  • Image Source: Bennett and Trimble

Donate Now - Keep Architecture Open 2017

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The AAA needs you - donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017 NOW! Our not-for-profit organisation is passionate about making architecture and design accessible to everyone and we need your continued support to fund our operations.

Our amazing group of volunteer tour leaders form the backbone of our Association and its’ your support that helps us train the skilled volunteers who lead our walking tours. We want to continue developing and providing a rich program of walks, tours and talks in 2018 and are running a fund raising campaign. By pledging you continue to 'Keep Architecture Open' to everyone and you can reap some great rewards for your generosity!

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

THE GOAL

We're reaching out to you because we are hoping to raise over $10,000 to help us continue to run our yearly program of educational tours and talks in NSW and interstate. We are offering some great benefits in appreciation of your support.

ABOUT THE AAA

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

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

Our yearly program includes:

  • Weekly architectural walking tours through suburbs around Sydney that promote an understanding of the unique qualities of Sydney’s communities and environment.
  • Monthly opening the doors of a private home and meeting the architects who demonstrate how clever design can better serve the needs of individuals.
  • Bus tours showcasing residential architecture both locally and interstate.
  • Special talks that provide an opportunity to discover developments in contemporary design and how home grown and international designers can contribute to a more sustainable future.

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

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The Australian Architecture Association is not about promoting individual designers, it is about allowing people to understand and celebrate the value of architecture, interior design, urban planning and heritage.

We believe that everyone should be empowered to effect positive change on the way our cities are shaped and this can only happen through fostering understanding and encouraging people to debate the merits of architecture and design. We want to thank you in advance for your generous support!

Click here to show you love and support the Australian Architecture Association.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing and Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Show the love and Keep Architecture Open!
  • Image 2: AAA trained volunteer tour leader Stephen Dwyer introduces the Auckland Philoharmonia Orchestra to Customs House on a private tour in 2017 (Photographer Annette Dearing).
  • Image 3: The Tent House, Noosa region, designed by Sparks Architects (Photographer Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 4: AAA Black Talk by Architect Julian Lipscombe, Director at Bennetts Associates London, July 2016 (Photographer Vincent Lam).

NSW At Home With the Architect Visits a Design Classic

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This month's NSW At Home with the Architect visits a twentieth century classic, the 'Audette House' designed by architect Peter Muller. Located in Castlecrag, Audette House was Mullers first commission as a qualified architect and is acknowledged as a fine example of Organic Architecture. Completed in 1952, the house is exemplary of a philosophy that promoted harmony between human habitation and the natural world.

In a Karen McCartney interview with Peter Muller for her publication 50/60/70 Iconic Houses, the architect described the design of Audette House using the metaphor of music. Architecture like music has a theme, for a building this theme is the site which dictates how three dimensional spaces are composed within it.

At the time of the houses design Peter Muller had just been introduced to the work of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright's approach to architecture struck a chord with Muller and the influence of Wright can be traced in the design of the home.

ABOUT PETER MULLER

Peter Muller was born and grew up in Adelaide. He studied at the University of Adelaide, graduating with the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering together with the South Australian School of Mines and Industries graduating with a Fellowship in Architecture in 1948. Before beginning his architectural practice in Sydney NSW in 1952, he obtained a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.

Over his career Peter Muller has completed commissions in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Bali and Lombok.

In 2002-2003 the house was renovated and an extension was added, designed by architects Peter Monckton and Kerry Fyfe. Kerry Fyfe, who is the Director of Architecture and Interior Architecture at AJ+C (Allen Jack + Cottier) in Sydney will be present on the day to give an insight into the original house and its alterations.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Castlecrag 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 24 September 2017
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
  • Image Source: Australian Architecture Association

NSW At Home With the Architect Visits Middle Cove

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This Sunday NSW At Home with the Architect visits a new contemporary home in Middle Cove designed by Marston Architects.

The living areas of the 'H House' have been located on the top level to maximise views and northern light and provide a link to the rear garden. The residence has been planned to deliberately blur the line between internal and external spaces, so that the clients feel as if they are living amongst the trees.

ABOUT MARSTON ARCHITECTS

Marston Architects is a small Manly based studio set up by Vivianne Marston in 1985.

The practices portfolio of work has been widely published and includes single homes, alterations and additions, multi-unit residential and commercial buildings.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Middle Cove 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 10 September 2017
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Explore the interiors and exteriors of the H House and be inspired as Vivianne Marston explains how her design was conceptualised and executed. 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
  • Image: The H House, designed by Marston Architects, completed in 2017
  • Images Source: Marsten Architects

NSW: Visit An Exhibition About Emigre Modernists at the Museum of Sydney

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Discover how 'emigre' designers helped shape modernism in Australia. Hosted at the Museum of Sydney (MOS),'The Moderns: European Designers in Sydney' explores the personal stories of our 'forgotten' 'emigre' designers during the mid-20th century.

This very personal exploration of their career achievements, loss, adaption, ingenuity and their distinctly European style, promises to be an enlightening insight into the development of Sydney.

The exhibition takes place 22 July - 26 November 2017. For more information about the exhibition, visit the Sydney Living Museums website. Click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: 'Rose Seidler House', designed by Austrian born architect Harry Seidler, completed in 1950
  • Image Source: Sydney Living Museums website

NSW: Explore Contemporary Art - Visit Sculpture at Barangaroo 2017

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Over the month of August enjoy the free plein air exhibition - Sculpture at Barangaroo, held in the Barangaroo Reserve. Taking place 5-20 August 2017, the exhibition is presented by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and Sculpture by the Sea.

Featured in the outdoor exhibition are 14 artworks by nine established and emerging Australian artists, including five new works created specifically for the exhibition and nine existing sculptures that have been selected by curator Geoffrey Edwards to complement the striking landscape and backdrop.

Edwards’ vision for the exhibition is to showcase three streams of sculpture: classic, modernist, autonomous works; site-specific sculpture as installation in an area that demands it; and compelling Indigenous artworks, many from artists that are local to the Sydney region, that draw on the geographical significance of Barangaroo.

Exhibiting artists including esteemed Australian sculptor Michael Le Grand, who will be celebrated with a mini-retrospective of six works, Richard Tipping, Nicole Monks, Cave Urban, Andrew Rogers, Adam King from the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, Tereasa Trevor, Christopher Langton and Elyssa Sykes-Smith.

The park will be open 24/7, but visitors are encouraged to please view the works between 8:00am-6:00pm daily.

For more information about Sculpture at Barangaroo visit Barangaroo website. Click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens (with text from sculpture by the sea)
  • Image: 'Construction Barangaroo 2016', by Marley Dawson, featured in Sculpture at Barangaroo 2016
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

 

NSW: Join a Special Walking Tour Highlighting Sustainable Design

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Join a very special tour of sustainable design in Castlecrag. Timed to coincide with Sustainable House Day 2017 on Sunday 17 September, Willoughby City Council and the Australian Architecture Association invites you to discover how sustainable design can be incorporated into the way we build our homes.

The Castlecrag Sustainable walking tour will focus on a variety of houses showing different aspects of sustainability and the overall impact of Griffin's design for the suburb of Castlecrag. You will have the opportunity to go inside two architect designed houses and hear about the passive solar ideas which have been incorporated.

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'Most architects incorporate sustainability elements in their designs without knowing it, as this is how architects have been taught', said tour leader and architect Ben Gerstel. 'The design principles of the passive solar energy house in Australia are becoming more popular as the public realise and understand the potential savings these principles can bring', said Ben Gerstel.

Castlecrag was recognised as a special place by Canberra’s designer Walter Burley Griffin and his partner Marion Mahony Griffin. They made a plan for Castlecrag to be developed as the perfect garden suburb, with small houses surrounded by trees and rocky outcrops.

TOUR DETAILS
Location: Castlecrag
Date: Sunday 17 September 2017
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Tickets: $25 (public) / $20 (Seniors & Student)
Please note that ID should be presented on the day for concession tickets.

Don't miss out on this very special walk - numbers are limited. Click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Annette Dearing and Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Felstead House, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, completed in 1926
  • Image 1 Source: The Australian Architecture Association
  • Image 2: The Sunnyside House, designed by Ben Gerstel Architecture
  • Image 2 Source: Ben Gerstel

NSW: Attend our AAA Volunteers Information Night

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Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? The Australian Architecture Association is holding a tour leader training information evening at the Brickworks Design Studio 6pm Thursday 15 June 2017. We have a small team of dedicated volunteers who range in age and experience, but share a high level of enthusiasm for architecture, people, and what happens in our built environment.

What do our volunteers do?

AAA volunteers work directly to the associations' Aim – promoting contemporary architecture and design to as many people as possible, and building architectural appreciation in the community.

These architecture enthusiasts broaden their knowledge through researching, learning and delivering tours, and interpreting the buildings for participants.

Our volunteers undertake a training program developing public presentation skills. Assistance is available with research, which sometimes includes a meeting with the volunteer chair and other volunteer tour leaders to discuss the concept of a particular building.

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So what qualities do you need to become a AAA Volunteer?

  • An enthusiasm for design, architecture and the built environment is a must! Previous formal education on the subject of architecture is not necessary. 
  • Confidence in your ability to learn how to present to small groups of people.
  • As the majority of our tours are presented in English, you'll need good verbal skills in English.
  • Willingness to undertake the AAA training program, which takes place over a series of Saturdays. You'll also be keen to support existing tour leaders after you've successfully completed training.

AAA Volunteers gather together over various times in the year to discuss feed-back on existing tours and to share ideas on new tours, and to socialize.

Don't hesitate to register your interest in attending by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join the AAA team.
Interpreting architecture and design to the public through guided tours.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Tour participants on the Redfern Walk with AAA tour leaders and architects Terence Yong and Kian Lee Khoo
  • Image 2: Tour participants on the McMahons Point Walk with AAA tour leader and architect Ben Gerstel
  • Image 3: Tour participants on the Sculpture Walk with AAA tour leader and interior designer Vanessa Couzens

NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits a Residence in Haberfield

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 30 April. Discover the Federation era suburb of Haberfield, as you explore additions and alterations designed by Sam Crawford Architects. The original Federation Style house was built in 1914 and sits within the Conservation Area of Haberfield, an original 'garden suburb' now part of the Register of the National Estate of Australia.

A problematic 1990's addition has been removed and spacious and contemporary living spaces added: open plan kitchen, living & dining room, media room and attic conversion. Graceful curves of off-form concrete are revealed in views through and past the original building, opening to a minimalist courtyard garden and extension to the rear.

A low-ceilinged garage in the corner of the very large block has been repurposed into a vaulted cabana space, deliberately contained to create a sanctuary and recreation area adjacent to the pool.

ABOUT SAM CRAWFORD ARCHITECTS

Sam Crawford Architects is a prolific small architectural practice based in the inner-west of Sydney, that was established in 1999.

With over 200 successfully completed projects, the firm has an established reputation for design excellence in residential, cultural and public projects. 

Sam Crawford Architects has been the recipient of multiple state and national institute and industry architecture awards. Their designs have been featured in magazines and books both nationally and internationally. They have also been recognised in numerous local, state and national awards from the Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Timber Design Awards, Local Government Heritage, Conservation and Urban Design and industry awards and commendations.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Haberfield, 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 30 April 2017
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

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NSW: AAA Takes Part in the Australian Heritage Festival 2017

 

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In May the Australian Architecture Association will take part in The Australian Heritage Festival, one of the nations biggest annual community-driven heritage festivals. This year the AAA will help festival participants to discover two hundred years of Sydney’s built history on the Walk Through Time tour. Join an Australian Architecture Association trained tour guide on Saturday 13 May or Wednesday 17 May, 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 the 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. 

Looking at the 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.

ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL

The Australian Heritage Festival 2017 will be officially launched at Government House, Canberra on Tuesday 18 April. Organised by the Australian Government in association with the National Trust, the 2017 Australian Heritage Festival theme is 'Having a Voice' and recognises the many narratives that have shaped NSW.

NSW’s contribution to the festival sees over 500 events, 330 event organisers and up to 200,000 visitors each year attend the state’s celebration of heritage. Click here to check out the events taking place over the festival.

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
Dates:
Saturday 13 May 2017
Wednesday 17 May 2017
Tickets: $25 (Public) / $20 (Senoirs) / $15 (Students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the Saturday tour or click here to join the Wednesday tour.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: The Nightingale Wing of the Sydney Hospital - Australia's oldest hospital
  • Logo Source: The Australian Heritage Festival website

 

Book About UK Architects Bennetts Associates

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AAA Black Talks fans will already be familiar with the work of UK architects Bennetts Associates. Practice Director Julian Lipscombe has given some inspirational talks for our organisation and it is a pleasure to see that there is now a book available celebrating their work. 'Bennetts Associates: Five Insights' comprises of a collection of essays authored by architects at all levels within the practice. It explores how the practice works and what is important to them, capturing their experiences of being an architect.

The essays by 18 different contributors, from a Part 1 student to job architects and directors, are followed by ten case studies of recent projects. The projects considered extend from the soon to be completed Midland Goods Shed at King’s Cross, London, to award-winning projects such as the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and a major new facility for Jaguar Land Rover.

The publication of 'Five Insights' is the first in a series of events this year celebrating Bennetts Associates thirthieth anniversary in practice. You can order your copy online now.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images Source: Bennetts Associates
  • Image 1: 'Bennetts Associates: Five Insights'
  • Image 2: Bennetts Associates staff review 'Five Insights'

Hector Abrahams Architects - March At Home with the Architect

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We will be visiting a house in Erskineville for our March At Home with the Architect tour.  

The project, 'Black Line House' has been renovated by Hector Abrahams Architects, a Sydney-based practice whose aim is to create liveable and accessible buildings that look great in their setting and age well.   They work with old and new, big and small, private and public buildings from all types of architecture.  Their particular focus is on the conservation, adaptation and re-use of buildings as well as the design of new buildings within a historic precinct.  

The house is a classic small two storey terrace house.  The client wanted to stay in this house but needed to create space for family living.  Being one of a terrce of four located in a conservation area, the house is part of a larger structure, so the changes had to work within what existed.  The house had already had many changes to it.

Book here now !

NSW At Home With the Architect Visits Castlecrag

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 19 November and visits an award winning house in Castlecrag designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects.

Meet architect Rachel Neeson and her clients and learn about how the new residence was designed to incorporate aspects of the original house built by the client's grandfather.

Organised over four levels, the house has been designed with a desire to provide the experience of living in harmony with nature. The site has three particularly special qualities – a beautiful sandstone outcrop to the street, an adjacent bush reserve, and tranquil water views to the bay.

ABOUT NEESON MURCUTT ARCHITECTS

Neeson Murcutt Architects is an award winning practice based in Potts Point NSW. The firm was formed in 2004 by Rachel Neeson and Nick Murcutt and undertakes work on a broad range of projects, from bespoke houses to multi-unit housing and housing prototypes, education projects, tourism projects, public and community commissions, and adaptive reuse environments.

Their work has been recognised for design excellence, both locally and internationally, through awards, publications, lectures and exhibitions.

TOUR DETAILS

  • Location: Castlecrag, 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 19 November 2017
  • 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.

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The AAA Wishes You a Merry Christmas

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The Australian Architecture Association would like to wish our wonderful supporters and volunteers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We've had another eventful year and remain committed to continuing to make architecture and design accessible for everyone.

This year we opened the doors on some fantastic houses, with our series 'At Home With the Architect' and our AAA Residential Bus Tours.

We've continued to expand on our series of architectural walking tours, adding the Woollahra Walk to our program and look forward to continuing to reveal even more architectural delights next year.

We would like to extend our thanks everyone who has joined our tours. We've enjoyed meeting you and hope we will see you again in the New Year.

The AAA would particularly like to thank the architects, designers and clients who have graciously shared their homes and their enthusiasm for design.

A deeply felt thankyou to our financial supporters - our loyal AAA members and sponsors Austral, Universal Magazines and Natspec. We've also partnered with some fantastic organisations this year, such as Sydney Indesign, MAAS and eLearning. To those who donated to our annual fundraising campaign, Keep the Doors Open On Architecture 2017, your support ensures that we can continue to help people understand the value of good design and how it shapes our cities.

To our AAA volunteers, your commitment to sharing architecture and design continues to be an inspiration, thankyou for your support this year.

Have a happy and safe season everyone.

Best wishes from the Australian Architecture Association.

Buy Your Christmas Gifts From the AAA

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Wondering what presents to buy for your loved ones this christmas? The Australian Architecture Association has the solution!

We have some wonderful ideas for gifts, from decadent treats that satisfy the palate, through to limited edition fine art prints and an original artwork.

Click here to check out the best stocking fillers you'll find this season.

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  • Image 1: Artisan chocolates hand made by Something For Cake and a bottle of Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora (2014 Vintage Cellar Door)
  • Image 2: Fine art print by artist Craig Couzens, ‘Alice Meets the Caterpillar’ A/P Edn of 6 (Signed by the artist)

NSW: Last AAA Residential Bus Tour For 2017

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Secure your place on the last AAA Residential Bus Tour taking place on Saturday 9 December. Don't miss out on discovering some of the latest contemporary residential architecture in Sydney.

On this all day bus tour you will explore the exteriors and interiors of homes and meet the architects and some of their clients, including Bijl Architecture, who designed the home featured in this article.

Learn first hand the different ways houses are designed and constructed. This is a great opportunity to see privately owned architect designed homes that aren't normally open to the public.

A delicious lunch at a restaurant is provided as part of the tour and you'll enjoy the chance to relax with fellow design enthusiasts, discussing what you've seen.

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Date: Saturday 9 December 2017
  • Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
  • Tickets: $195 (public) / $175 (AAA Members)

Hurray tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: 'Doorzien House', designed by Bijl Architecture (image provided by the architect)

Keep Architecture Open 2017

Support Our Fundraising Campaign

Keep Architecture Open


Dear Friends of AAA,

We're reaching out to our AAA Friends again because we are hoping to raise $10,000.

Our amazing group of volunteer tour leaders form the backbone of our Association and its’ your support that helps us train the skilled volunteers who lead our walking tours.

Supporting our fundraising campaign will help “Keep Architecture Open” to everyone!

Your support will also assist us in developing and delivering new tours and events in 2018. With your help AAA will continue to educate and engage in discussion with the public about architecture and how it impacts our lives on a daily basis.

In appreciation of your help, we have put together some amazing rewards for your support in the ‘Keep Architecture Open’ campaign.

Please follow the link below and donate as little as $10 to our campaign.
 

DONATE NOW


This is just one of our amazing rewards included in the campaign – Ranger’s Hill Mudgee, gouache on paper, 35cm x 44cm unframed,51cm x 59cm framed painting by artist/architect Paul Connor.
 


 

Please share this campaign with your friends/colleagues to help spread the word to donate.

Thank you again in anticipation of your support.
 

Regards,
 

Annette Dearing
AAA Founding Director

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Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with a Red Wine Treat

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A$250
Red Wine and Artisan Chocolate Hamper

Indulge your senses with red wine and hand made artisan chocolates as your reward for donating to the AAA Keep Architecture Open 2017 operations fund raising campaign.

The combination of Dark Couverture Chocolate and Brown Brothers (2014 Ten Acres Shiraz Cabernet) is all you need to add a little luxury to your weekend. The Chocolate Shards and Domes have been adorned with edible gold flecks and the hanging bauble chocolate sphere is filled with a little sprinkle surprise.

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017. 

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Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with a White Wine Treat

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A$250
Sticky White Wine and Artisan Chocolate Hamper

Indulge your senses with sticky white wine and hand made artisan chocolates as your reward for donating to the AAA Keep Architecture Open 2017 operations fund raising campaign.

The combination of Dark Couverture Chocolate and Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora (2014 Vintage Cellar Door) is all you need to add a little luxury to your weekend. The Chocolate Shards and Domes have been adorned with edible gold flecks and the hanging bauble chocolate sphere is filled with a little sprinkle surprise. 

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

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NSW: Last Chance to Register for the AAA Volunteer Evening

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Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? Now is the time to contact the Australian Architecture Association and register your interest in attending our information evening on Thursday 10 August 2017. 

We have a small team of dedicated volunteers who range in age and experience, but share a high level of enthusiasm for architecture, people, and what happens in our built environment.

What do our volunteers do?

AAA volunteers work directly to the associations' Aim – promoting contemporary architecture and design to as many people as possible, and building architectural appreciation in the community.

These architecture enthusiasts broaden their knowledge through researching, learning and delivering tours, and interpreting the buildings for participants.

Our volunteers undertake a training program developing public presentation skills. Assistance is available with research, which sometimes includes a meeting with the volunteer chair and other volunteer tour leaders to discuss the concept of a particular building.

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So what qualities do you need to become a AAA Volunteer?

  • An enthusiasm for design, architecture and the built environment is a must! Previous formal education on the subject of architecture is not necessary. 
  • Confidence in your ability to learn how to present to small groups of people.
  • As the majority of our tours are presented in English, you'll need good verbal skills in English.
  • Willingness to undertake the AAA training program, which takes place over a series of Saturdays. You'll also be keen to support existing tour leaders after you've successfully completed training.

AAA Volunteers gather together over various times in the year to discuss feed-back on existing tours and to share ideas on new tours, and to socialize.

Don't hesitate to register your interest in attending the volunteer information night by clicking here.

Join the AAA team.
Interpreting architecture and design to the public through guided tours.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Tour participants on the Redfern Walk with AAA tour leaders and architects Terence Yong and Kian Lee Khoo
  • Image 2: Tour participants on the McMahons Point Walk with AAA tour leader and architect Ben Gerstel
  • Image 3: Tour participants on the Sculpture Walk with AAA tour leader and interior designer Vanessa Couzens

QLD: AAA Sunshine Coast Residential Bus Tour

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Don't miss out on securing your tickets for one of the Australian Architecture Association's most popular tours - the AAA Sunshine Coast Residential Bus Tour.

Taking place the first weekend of September, this years tour promises to provide another fascinating insight into the latest contemporary home design in Queensland.

Design practices taking part in the day include Bark Design ArchitectsTeeland Architects,  Robinson Architects and Sparks Architects. Meet the designers and discover first hand how the houses were designed and constructed.

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TOUR DETAILS

Date: Saturday 2 September 2017
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (public) / $185 (AAA Members)

A full lunch is provided on the day of the bus tour.

Note: As a bonus for tour attendees, for an extra $20 a special Self Drive tour is being organised for Sunday 3 September.

The AAA recommends you book your accommodation in Noosa and flights early. When arranging departures - book an evening flight on Sunday so you don't miss out on the special self-drive tour!

Numbers are limited, so book now! Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: 'Tinbeerwah House' Tinbeerwah QLD, designed by Teeland Architects (Image source: Teeland Architects)
  • Image 2: 'Tent House' Eumundi QLD designed by Sparks Architects (Image source Sparks Architects; Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones)
  • Image 3: Visualisation of a two bedroom eco-cabin currently under construction, designed by Robinson Architects (Image source: Robinson Architects)

Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with a Designer Cake

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A$250
Designer Cake From 'Something for Cake'

Feed the ones you love and support the AAA Keep Architecture Open 2017 operations fund raising campaign! Donate and receive a delicious reward of a decorated cake designed by the cake decorating and boutique party supplier ‘Something for Cake’.

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A designer cake from ‘Something for Cake’ is the perfect way to make a statement and celebrate your next occasion. They are made from moist mud cakes, covered with delicious ganache and adorned with handmade chocolate decorations.

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DETAILS:

  • The glitter cake topper can be changed and designed to suit your needs. You can choose between; Happy Birthday, Another written number, or Hooray
  • This offer is valid for 12 months, and can be ordered straight upon donation. It is not available during December 2017 - January 2018
  • You have your choice of flavour between; Chocolate, White Chocolate, or Caramel Mud
  • The cake will need to be collected from Brookvale, Sydney in NSW

Please ensure when you are ordering the cake you advise which style of cake you want and note that you will need to give “Something for Cake” at least 1 weeks notice.

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

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At Home With the Architect Visits Castlecrag

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 30 July, visiting a new home in Castlecrag, designed by Porebski Architects.

Designed to respond to its location within the Walter Burley Griffin conservation area, the Castlecrag residence has been conceived as a twenty-first century reinterpretation of houses designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin.

The brief for the architects was to design a home that would comfortably accommodate a multi-generational family. The original childhood residence of one of the owners, was demolished to build a residence that would more suitably address the north - south orientation of the property and maximise access to natural light in the living areas, while maintaining privacy from the surrounding neighbours.

The final result is a house with strong horizonal forms that sits on a stone podium and has a centralised courtyard. The palette of materials is kept restrained, utilising concrete brick, off-form concrete, timber and copper.

ABOUT POREBSKI ARCHITECTS

Porebski Architects is a small architecture practice based in Chippendale.

Founding Director Andre Heyko-Porebski has been in architectural practice in Australia for over five decades. His early residential projects, Kurraba Point House, completed in 1964 and Maley House in Castlecrag, completed in 1972, are regarded as fine examples of the development of Sydney modernism.

Andre's son Alex Heyko-Porebski and daughter Victoria D'Alisa continue the firms tradition of creating innovative, bespoke residential, commercial and educational projects.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Castlecrag, 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 30 July 2017
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

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NSW: Last Chance to Book Residential Bus Tour

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It's your last chance to book tickets for the AAA Residential Bus Tour taking place on Saturday 29 July. Don't miss out on discovering some of the latest contemporary residential architecture in Sydney. Design practices showcasing their latest projects include Carter Williamson ArchitectsMark Szczerbicki Design StudioBijl Architecture and Bennett & Trimble Architects.

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On this all day bus tour you will explore the exteriors and interiors of the homes and meet the architects to learn first hand the different ways houses are designed and constructed. This is a great opportunity to see privately owned architect designed homes that aren't normally open to the public.

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A delicious lunch at a restaurant is provided as part of the tour and you'll enjoy the chance to relax with fellow design enthusiasts, discussing what you've seen.

TOUR DETAILS:

Date: Saturday 29 July 2017
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (public) / $175 (AAA Members)

Hurray tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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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.

Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with a CPD Talk

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Donate to the AAA Keep Architecture Open fund raising campaign and get a head start on your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Three talks on architecture are on offer from Australian Architecture Association partner eClassroom, including Peter Elliot, Julian Lipscombe and Ian McDougall.

A$120
Episodic Urbanism: Practice and Projects presented by Peter Elliott, AM 2017 AIA Gold Medal - Principle, Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design.

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2 Formal CPD Points
Duration: 01:21:49

In this talk, Peter Elliott describes his practice development, discusses some of the early and continued influencers of his work and talks about some of the major projects and focus areas within the practice. His is an established architectural and urban design practice that has been operating since 1975…more than 40 years!

The practice has a special interest in architecture + urban design in the public realm. This includes a broad range of projects for schools and universities, public authorities and government agencies. In practices of this size it is possible to maintain a close working relationship with the client at every stage of the process. Accordingly, this Practice has been able to maintain a high standard of design and delivery of quality contemporary architecture as is acknowledged by numerous architectural awards and published works.

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

A$120
AAA Special Talk: The Imperative of Place presented by Julian Lipscombe - Director, Bennetts Associates (UK)

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2 Formal CPD Points
Duration: 01:12:02

For Bennett’s Associates, the evolution of their approach to urbanism has been characterised by two themes: a preoccupation with human scale in the city and a drive to achieve directiveness of place. They are determined to resist the cult of ‘object’ buildings that relegate the space occupied by the city’s inhabitants as being of secondary importance. 

They also strive for developments, places and cities that are identifiably connected to context, be it cultural, historical or environmental and reject the ever more depressing tide of globalised architecture that has swept the planet in the three decades they have been practicing.

This talk by Julian Lipscombe is a part of their story.

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

A$60
AAA Short Black Talk: The Melbourne SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE presented by Ian McDougall, Founding Director of ARM Architecture

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1 Formal CPD Point
Duration: Duration: 00:49:04

The Shrine of Remembrance is Melbourne’s most visible and poignant war memorial.

The Shrine is significantly raised above the surrounding park, for architectural and monumental impact. It sits upon massive brick columns that create a vast dirt-floor undercroft inside a grassy mound. Originally, there were no facilities for the Shrine volunteers or Victoria Police guards who worked there and no disability access. Veterans in wheelchairs had to be carried up the steps.

ARM’s additions have expended it from purely a monument to be an exhibition space and education facility. The design is full of references and symbols to Australians at war.
In this talk, presented in the Shrine auditorium, Ian describes the long process to achieve resolution of the design.

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

NSW: Sydney Indesign Walk Through Redfern This Saturday

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This year sees the return to Sydney Indesign - the Event. Sydney Indesign 2017 takes place in Alexandria and Waterloo on Friday 11 August and Saturday 12 August.

Get set for a super cool program of design events – from talks to launches, famous faces, competitions, collaborations, and installations. This year the AAA is partnering with Sydney Indesign and offering an opportunity to explore the urban village of 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: Saturday 12 August 2017
Tickets: $25 (public) / $20 (Seniors / Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note: Students to present Student ID on the day.

Numbers are limited on this tour, click here now to secure your tickets.

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  • Article Text: Vanessa Couzens & AAA tour text
  • Image: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens
  • Logo Source: Sydney Indesign

NSW: Interested in Becoming a AAA Volunteer?

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Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? Now is the time to contact the Australian Architecture Association and register your interest.

We have a small team of dedicated volunteers who range in age and experience, but share a high level of enthusiasm for architecture, people, and what happens in our built environment.

What do our volunteers do?

AAA volunteers work directly to the associations' Aim – promoting contemporary architecture and design to as many people as possible, and building architectural appreciation in the community.

These architecture enthusiasts broaden their knowledge through researching, learning and delivering tours, and interpreting the buildings for participants.

Our volunteers undertake a training program developing public presentation skills. Assistance is available with research, which sometimes includes a meeting with the volunteer chair and other volunteer tour leaders to discuss the concept of a particular building.

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So what qualities do you need to become a AAA Volunteer?

  • An enthusiasm for design, architecture and the built environment is a must! Previous formal education on the subject of architecture is not necessary. 
  • Confidence in your ability to learn how to present to small groups of people.
  • As the majority of our tours are presented in English, you'll need good verbal skills in English.
  • Willingness to undertake the AAA training program, which takes place over a series of Saturdays. You'll also be keen to support existing tour leaders after you've successfully completed training.

AAA Volunteers gather together over various times in the year to discuss feed-back on existing tours and to share ideas on new tours, and to socialize.

Don't hesitate to register your interest in volunteering by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join the AAA team.
Interpreting architecture and design to the public through guided tours.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Tour participants on the Redfern Walk with AAA tour leaders and architects Terence Yong and Kian Lee Khoo
  • Image 2: Tour participants on the McMahons Point Walk with AAA tour leader and architect Ben Gerstel
  • Image 3: Tour participants on the Sculpture Walk with AAA tour leader and interior designer Vanessa Couzens

Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with a T-Shirt

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A$70
The AAA T-Shirt

The perfect stocking filler for Christmas. Now you can wear your love of architecture and design and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017!

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.

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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 45.5cm
Size 12 48 cm
Size 14 51 cm

Mens T-Shirt
Small 46cm
Medium 50cm
Large 54cm

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

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



 

QLD: AAA Sunshine Coast Residential Bus Tour

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Don't miss out on securing your tickets for one of the Australian Architecture Association's most popular tours - the AAA Sunshine Coast Residential Bus Tour.

Taking place the first weekend of September, this years tour promises to provide another fascinating insight into the latest contemporary home design in Queensland.

Design practices taking part in the day include Bark Design ArchitectsRobinson Architects and Sparks Architects. Meet the designers and discover first hand how the houses were designed and constructed.

TOUR DETAILS

Date: Saturday 2 September 2017
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (public) / $185 (AAA Members)

A full lunch is provided on the day of the bus tour.

Note: As a bonus for tour attendees, a special Self Drive tour is being organised for Sunday 3 September.

The AAA recommends you book your accommodation in Noosa and flights early. When arranging departures - book an evening flight on Sunday.

Numbers are limited, so book now! Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: 'Tent House' Eumundi QLD designed by Sparks Architects (Image source Sparks Architects; Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones)
  • Image 2: Visualisation of a two bedroom eco-cabin currently under construction, designed by Robinson Architects (Image source: Robinson Architects)

Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with a Walking Tour

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A$30
The AAA City Walk Double Pass

Reward yourself and a friend with a two hour walk through the city of Sydney, when you donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017. Explore history and discover the stories behind the development of some of Sydney's iconic buildings and public spaces.

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with Company Membership

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A$350
AAA Company Membership

This new membership tier, Company Membership, is for companies with under 10 staff and offers benefits such as complimentary or discounted tickets to AAA tours and talks. Your staff will also enjoy a discount on individual membership fees.

Click here to select your reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

NSW: At Home With the Architect Visits Balmain

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 25 June. Visit 'Screen House' designed by Carter Williamson Architects in Balmain.

The residential project comprising of alterations and additions to a weatherboard cottage, is named for its bespoke black perforated screens. These have been designed from a photographic image taken and loved by the clients.

The modest traditional street facade conceals a dramatic contemporary transformation to the interiors and rear outdoor spaces, that are designed to accommodate a growing family and facilitate a sense privacy for the inhabitants.

ABOUT CARTER WILLIAMSON 

Carter Williamson Architects is a small award winning architecture practice based in Summer Hill, established by Shaun Carter in 2004.

The practice works across a wide range of project types including, residential, commercial and retail spaces. They have also completed projects in the cultural sector - including photographic exhibitions, architectural festivals and set design, as well as the humanitarian fields through the design of sustainable flat-pack housing prototypes.

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 25 June 2017
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

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

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Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with Lego

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With Christmas just around the corner now is a great time to donate to the AAA Keep Architecture Open 2017 operations fund raising campaign. Whether buying for a child or a grown-up, these lego sets are sure to impress. For collectors of Lego architecture, the sets on offer are no longer in production and present an opportunity to complete your collections.

A$100
LEGO Architecture: Seattle Space Needle (21003)

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Unopened set no longer in production. Released in 2009 as one of the first sets of the Lego Architecture range featuring architectural landmark Seattle Space Needle. This set contains 57 pieces and includes a booklet with details on design and history.

Click here, select this reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

A$100
LEGO Architecture: Empire State Building (21002)

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Unopened set no longer in production. Released in 2009 as one of the first sets of the Lego Architecture range featuring the Empire State Building in New York. This set contains 77 pieces and includes a booklet with details on design and history.

Click here, select this reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

A$150
LEGO Architecture: Sears Tower (21000)

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Unopened set no longer in production. Released in 2009 as one of the first sets of the Lego Architecture range featuring the Sears (Now Willis) Tower in Chicago. This set contains 69 pieces and includes a booklet with details on design and history.

Click here, select this reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

A$250
LEGO Architecture: John Hancock Center (21001)

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Extremely rare unopened set no longer in production. Released in 2009 as one of the first sets of the Lego Architecture range featuring the John Hancock Centre in Chicago. This set contains 69 pieces and includes a booklet with details on design and history.

Click here, select this reward and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

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: At Home With the Architect Visits Riverview

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 28 May. Visit 'Riverview House' a brick residence designed by Bennett and Trimble Architects for a young family.

Looking to create a home that connects spaces both visually and spatially, the architects designed the two storey residence around an internal courtyard. The internal spaces are orientated to capitalise on daylighting and the roof is deliberately angled to maximise access to the north.

ABOUT BENNETT AND TRIMBLE 

Bennett and Trimble is a small architecture and urban design practice based in Sydney. The partnership between Matthew Bennett and Marcus Trimble, established in 2009, undertakes work on a broad range of projects, from master planning through to alterations and additions.

Matthew and Marcus have been the recipients of prestigious scholarships, fellowships and design medals. Their designs have been published both nationally and internationally.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Riverview, 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 May 2017
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to meet the architects and experience this privately owned residence, numbers are limited.

Book your place on the tour, click here.

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Donate to the AAA and Reward Yourself with an Artwork

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Support the AAA Keep Architecture Open 2017 operations fund raising campaign and you could become the proud owner of some fabulous original artworks by Sydney architect and artist Paul Connors and Wagga Wagga printmaker Craig Couzens.

Click here to visit our campaign page.

A$1900
ORIGINAL ART WORK BY PAUL CONNOR

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Artwork Name: 'Ranger’s Hill Mudgee'
Medium: Gouache on paper
Painting Size: 35cm x 44cm
Framed Size: 51cm x 59cm
Artist: by Paul Connor

Paul is a Sydney based Artist and Architect who has been involved in many cultural institutions including founding Director of the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize and he is a Trustee of The Australian Museum (current). He has had many well published and awarded housing projects built throughout Sydney, and has had numerous solo exhibitions with his artwork held in many private and public collections.

Click here and select this artwork and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

A$220
ORIGINAL ART WORK BY CRAIG COUZENS

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Artwork Name: ‘Three Sirens’ 2/3 (signed by the artist)
Art Type: Collagraph type
Printed on Fabriano paper (230gsm)
Print Size: H 25cm x W 27cm
Framed Size: H 44cm x W 44cm
Archival inks
Artist: Craig Couzens
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Notes for abbreviations:
2/3 = Second pressing of the original, with only 3 printed

Craig Couzens is an emerging print artist based in the regional NSW city Wagga Wagga. Passionate about elevating the profile of fine art printing, his work is produced using archival inks and paper. Craig’s work has been exhibited in a number of public group shows, as well as his recent successful solo exhibition in late May 2017 called ‘Body of Work’. His work is included in numerous private collections in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

The limited edition print ‘The Three Sirens’ is drawn from tales of old. ‘The Odyssey’ describes how Homer could only safely navigate past the Island of Desire by being tied to the mast while covering the ears of his crew. Only then was he able to resist the enchanted song of seduction. Unlike the legendary Sirens modern woman has shed her wings, but the siren’s song of enchantment remains. Man’s desire has little defence against the wiles of the temptress.

Click here and select this artwork and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

A$220
ORIGINAL ART WORK BY CRAIG COUZENS

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Artwork Name: ‘From Dusk to Dawn’ 2/2 (signed by the artist)
Art Type: Collagraph type
Printed on Fabriano paper (230gsm)
Print Size: H 15cm, W 30cm
Framed Size: H 33cm, W 47cm
Archival inks
Artist: Craig Couzens
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Notes for abbreviations:
2/2 = Second pressing of the original, with only 2 printed

A sense of stillness is necessary to refresh the psyche, yet human kind is still drawn to the excitement of the night. ‘From Dusk to Dawn’ is an interpretation of the young of heart enjoying the company of others. Here the flash of laser and strobe lighting momentarily freezes movement to where bodies seem un-characteristically contorted. We remain aware that the blanked-out areas contain still more of the crowd – but they are no more than ambiguous shapes. Yet, we dance Baby! We dance!

Click here and select this artwork and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

A$150
ORIGINAL ART WORK BY CRAIG COUZENS

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Artwork Name: ‘Alice Meets the Caterpillar’ A/P Edn of 6 (Signed by the artist)
Art Type: Linotile
Printed on Fabriano paper (230gsm)
Print Size: H 15cm x W 15cm
Framed Size: H 32.5cm x W 32cm
Archival (black) ink
Artist: Craig Couzens
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Notes for abbreviations:
A/P = Artist proof

‘Alice Meets the Caterpillar’ is a lino print that forms part of artist, Craig Couzens’ Alice in Wonderland Series (12 prints). The classic children’s tale ‘Alice in Wonderland’ still resinates with young and old. The twelve prints in the series describe several of the major points of interest in the tale. The Caterpillar helps Alice to either shrink or grow by deciding which piece of the mushroom to eat.

Click here and select this artwork and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2017.

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Book a Private Tour With the AAA

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On a recent private tour arranged for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Group, participants declared that no visit to Sydney is complete without a AAA tour!

Whether you are looking to discover the history of how our built environments developed, discover places you never knew existed, further your professional development or are looking for a great way to team build with your employees, a private tour is a great option.

Our talented group of trained architectural guides are able to tailor tours to fulfill the particular interests of participants.

Contact the AAA email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to explore how we can inspire you.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Group enjoy a walking tour of Sydney City with AAA tour leader and interior designer Stephen Dwyer

NSW: AAA Walks in the Australian Heritage Festival 2017

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In May the Australian Architecture Association will taking part in The Australian Heritage Festival, one of the nations biggest annual community-driven heritage festivals. This year the AAA will help festival participants to discover two hundred years of Sydney’s built history on the Walk Through Time tour. Join an Australian Architecture Association trained tour guide on Saturday 13 May or Wednesday 17 May, 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 the 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. 

Looking at the 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.

ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL

The Australian Heritage Festival 2017 was officially launched at Government House, Canberra on Tuesday 18 April. Organised by the Australian Government in association with the National Trust, the 2017 Australian Heritage Festival theme is 'Having a Voice' and recognises the many narratives that have shaped NSW.

NSW’s contribution to the festival sees over 500 events, 330 event organisers and up to 200,000 visitors each year attend the state’s celebration of heritage. Click here to check out the events taking place over the festival.

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
Dates:
Saturday 13 May 2017
Wednesday 17 May 2017
Tickets: $25 (Public) / $20 (Senoirs) / $15 (Students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the Saturday tour or click here to join the Wednesday tour.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: The Nightingale Wing of the Sydney Hospital - Australia's oldest hospital
  • Logo Source: The Australian Heritage Festival website

 

NSW: Residential Bus Tour

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Book your tickets now for the AAA Residential Bus Tour taking place on Saturday 29 July. Discover some of the latest contemporary residential architecture in Sydney. Design practices showcasing their latest projects include Carter Williamson ArchitectsMark Szczerbicki Design Studio, Bijl Architecture and Bennett & Trimble Architects .

This is an all day bus tour with lunch provided and is a great way to learn first hand the different ways houses are designed and constructed.

TOUR DETAILS:

Date: Saturday 29 July 2017
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 Announces September QLD Residential Bus Tour

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Don't miss out on securing your tickets for one of the Australian Architecture Association's most popular tours - the AAA Sunshine Coast Residential Bus Tour.

Taking place the first weekend of September, this years tour promises to provide another fascinating insight into the latest contemporary home design in Queensland.

Enjoy architect guided visits to private residences designed by such firms as Robinson Architects and Bark Design Architects.

More information will be released about the tour over the coming months.

TOUR DETAILS

Date: Saturday 2 September 2017

Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm

Tickets: $195 (public) / $185 (AAA Members)

A full lunch is provided on the day bus tour.

Note: As a bonus for tour attendees, a special Self Drive tour is being organised for Sunday 3 September.

The AAA recommends you book your accommodation in Noosa and flights early. When arranging departures - book an evening flight on Sunday.

Numbers are limited, so book now! Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Visualisation of a rammed earth home in Eumundi currently under construction, designed by Robinson Architects
  • Image 2: Visualisation of a two bedroom eco-cabin currently under construction, designed by Robinson Architects
  • Images Source: Robinson Architects

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New on eClassroom - AAA Black Talk

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An outstanding talk is now available on the website of AAA partner eClassrooms.

eClassroom is now featuring the AAA Black International Architect Talk by Julian Lipscombe, Director of UK firm Bennetts Associates.

Held in July 2016 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?".

Julian discussed in detail two of the firms current projects, the HS2 Manchester Piccadilly SRF and Jaguar Land Rovers' major renovations to its base of operations in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

If you were unable to attend the inspirational talk, this is a great opportunity to find out what you missed! For professionals looking to gain formal continuing professional development, eClassroom is a an entertaining way to fulfill your requirements.

Click here to experience online the AAA Black International Architect Talk by Julian Lipscombe.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: HS2 Manchester Piccadilly SRF designed by Bennetts Associates (Images supplied by Bennetts Associates)

NSW: Join the AAA on a Walk Through Redfern

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This Sunday 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 at Redfern Post Office, 101-103 George Street (corner Redfern Street), Redfern, NSW 2016
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 19 March 2017
Tickets: $25 (public) / $20 (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

Grand Designs Australia On Sale Now in Newsagents

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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.

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.

Book a Private Tour With the AAA

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For over a decade the Australian Architecture Association has been making architecture and design available to everyone through a varied program of walking tours, residential bus tours, self drive tours and talks. Over the years we have also provided numerous private tours to both groups and individuals.

Our talented group of trained architectural guides are able to tailor tours to fulfill the particular interests of participants.

Whether you are looking to discover the history of how our built environments developed, discover places you never knew existed, further your professional development or are looking for a great way to team build with your employees, a private tour is a great option.

Contact the AAA - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to explore how we can inspire you.

  • Image: The Nicholas and Carruthers Houses in Mount Irvine, New South Wales designed by Glenn Murcutt

AAA Partner eClassroom Releases Two New Talks

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Two outstanding talks are now available on the website of AAA partner eClassrooms.

The first features the AAA Short Black Talk by architect Ian McDougall of Melbourne firm ARM. Held in August 2016 as a Strategic Partner for Melbourne Indesign: The Event, Ian discussed the design of ARM Architecture’s additions to the Shrine Of Remembrance in the Kings Domain Melbourne.

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The second talk features the AAA Black International Architect Talk by Julian Lipscombe, Director of UK firm Bennetts Associates. Held in July 2016 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?".

Julian discussed in detail two of the firms current projects, the HS2 Manchester Piccadilly SRF and Jaguar Land Rovers' major renovations to its base of operations in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

If you unable to attend the inspirational talks, this is a great opportunity to find out what you missed! For professionals looking to gain formal continuing professional development, eClassroom is a an entertaining way to fulfill your requirements.

Click here to experience online the AAA Short Black Talk by architect Ian McDougall.

Click here to experience online the AAA Black International Architect Talk by Julian Lipscombe.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: HS2 Manchester Piccadilly SRF designed by Bennetts Associates (Images supplied by Bennetts Associates) 
  • Image 2: Ian McDougall leading the tour through one of the courts in The Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne, designed by ARM (Photographed by Annette Dearing)

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 15 February 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 15 February 2017
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: At Home With the Architect Visits Erskineville

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This months NSW At Home with the Architect, takes place on Sunday 26 March. Discover the charms of the inner west surburb Erskineville as you explore additions and alterations made to a terrace, designed by heritage experts Hector Abrahams Architects.

As the residence was not heritage listed - yet forms part of an area containing contributing buildings within the Burren Estate Heritage Conservation Area, the practice was able to embrace fresh contemporary design and explore how it can mesh with a traditional building typology.

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ABOUT HECTOR ABRAHAMS ARCHITECTS

Hector Abrahams has been working as an architect for almost 30 years. Before establishing his own practice in 2012 he was a partner with the respected heritage architecture practice Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners.

Hector Abrahams Architects have gained a reputation for creating additions and new buildings that engage seamlessly with their surroundings and are a pleasure to occupy. Their ethos is that old buildings have to be understood, kept well and made liveable and workable for people in today’s world.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Erskineville, 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 26 March 2017
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to meet the architects and experience this privately owned residence, numbers are limited.

Book your place on the tour, click here.

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 11 February 2017
Tickets: $25 (Public) / $20 (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: AAA First Woollahra Walk Sold Out!

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The inaugural AAA Woollahra Walk was launched in February this year and what a great success it was! The walk was sold out. We had a group of 20 enthusiastic people who were not scared of the rain and boy did it rain. Luise Elsing, a Councillor from Woollahra Council, was invited to launch the walk. Afterwards, she complimented us on how wonderful the walk was despite the weather.

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The AAA has not ventured into this part of Sydney before. Between Woollahra and Paddington, there is a lot to see. The housing stock is very varied between the old terrace houses, new infill housing and architect designed, free standing houses.

The walk started at the Phoenix Hotel which is located close to Sid Einfield Drive at the top of Ocean Street. The walk took in many wonderful houses and a variety of buildings including a , church, a synagogue, shops and even the building which featured in that wonderful Australian soapie, Number 96. This was a blast from the past for many of the attendees as they did not know that the building was located in Woollahra.

People who came on the walk were not be disappointed as they saw the early work of some of Sydney’s well known architects like Glenn Murcutt, Alex Tzannes and Don Gazzard to name a few. A lot of these houses have played an important role in the history of domestic architecture in Sydney.

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Since this was the launch of the AAA Woollahra Walk, it finished back at the Phoenix Hotel for a well deserved drink and something to eat and hear some encouraging words from Luise Elsing. Also, to get out of the rain!

The next Woollahra Walk takes place in May.

TOUR DETAILS:
Location: Meet at the Phoenix Hotel, 1 Moncur Street, Woollahra NSW 2025
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Date: Saturday 6 May 2017
Tickets: $25 (Public) / $20 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

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

  • Article: Ben Gerstel
  • Image 1: Residence designed by Grove Architects http://www.grovearchitects.com.au/
  • Image 2: Ben Gerstel introduces Woollahra councillor Luise Elsing, who officially launched the Woollahra Walk
  • Image 3: Residence designed by Glenn Murcutt
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

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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.