NSW: AAA Launches A New Walk In Chippendale

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This month you won't want to miss out on joining the launch of the Australian Architecture Association's newest tour. The Chippendale Walk - developed and led by volunteer tour leader and architect Ben Gerstel, takes place on Saturday 17 March.

The inner city urban village of Chippendale is named after William Chippendale who was granted 95 acres of farmland in 1819.

This rapidly gentrifying suburb has a colourful history as an industrial centre. Over its history the suburbs main claim to fame has been its distillery and brewery and reputation as a slum housing prostitutes, rat catchers and nefarious criminal activites.

Over the 90 minute tour you'll discover some of the suburbs architectural gems, including the Mortuary Railing Station and garden, Spice Alley and Indigo Slam, an amazing residential project by Smart Design Studio.

As part of the tour and at the conclusion of this new tour, we will be serving light refreshments at the Old Clare Hotel. The Old Clare Hotel fits very well into the fabric of this precinct.

TOUR DETAILS
Meeting Point: The Halo Sculpture, Central Park, Chippendale NSW 2008
Date: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Time: Saturday 17 March 2018
Tickets: $35 (public) / $30 (Seniors & Students) / $8 (AAA Members)
Please note - concession ticket holders should present their ID on the tour day.

Click here to secure your place on the tour. Numbers are limited, so book now so you don't miss out!

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Central Park designed by French architect Jean Nouvel (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: Indigo Slam designed by Sydney firm Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

At Home With The Architect Visits Castle Cove

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On Sunday 18 November the last At Home With the Architect for 2018 visits Castle Cove House, designed by Terroir.

The history of the single-family house in Sydney during the last century is a record of changing conditions in regard to our relationship with the landscape.

Castle Cove is a classic Sydney context, landscape and geology - a steep, rocky ravine with tributaries connecting to Sydney Harbour featuring large areas of remnant bushland below which sandstone escarpments define the waterways. The sandstone geology appears at multiple scales from large cliff faces to small ruptures throughout the groundplane.

The geometry of this Castle Cove house is deliberately indeterminate, working in and around existing stone escarpments as a "third element" that over time and with patination will slip more and more from the new to pre-existing.

The concrete interior is lined with a series of timber elements that enable the occupation of this concrete landscape with a spirit and glamour reminiscent of the California houses from the 50s and 60s by John Lautner and others.

ABOUT TERROIR

TERROIR was established in 1999 by Founding Directors Gerard Reinmuth, Scott Balmforth and Richard Blythe. In 2016 TERROIR broadened its ownership to include four Principals: Scott Balmforth, Tamara Donnellan, Professor Gerard Reinmuth and Chris Rogers.

The practice has offices located in Sydney, Hobart and Copenhagen. They undertake a range of design activities encompassing architecture, urban design and creative research.

Dedicated to the realisation of projects that insist on the invention of new possibilities out of each unique condition, the quality of Terroir's work has been recognized through numerous industry awards and commendations.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Castle 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 18 November 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience the final At Home With the Architect for 2018, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

 

  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Castle Cove House, Castle Cove NSW designed by Terroir
  • Photographer: Brett Boardman

Join the Last AAA Residential Bus Tour for 2018

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Don't miss out on our final residential bus tour for 2018, taking place on Saturday 8 December. Enjoy visiting some of the Sydneys most interesting new and renovated contemporary architecture.

Inside the houses you will hear about the design process from the architects and see firsthand the value of good design.

Experience homes by the following architects:

The day includes a delicious sit down lunch, itinerary, commentary by architects at the houses and coach travel. There will also be the opportunity to talk to some of the architects at the luncheon.

TOUR DETAILS:

Location: Meet Loftus Street, beside Customs House, Circular Quay NSW 2000
Date: Saturday 8 December 2018
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $205 (public) / $190 (AAA Members)

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing and Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: 'The Shed', designed by Anderson Architecture (Image Source: Anderson Architecture)
  • Image 2: 'Peakaboo House' designed by Carter Williamson (Photographer: Brett Boardman)

 

3 Weeks To Go - Donate to the AAA

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The Australian Architecture Association aims to raise $15000 and needs your support. 

With only three weeks to go you won't want to miss out the great rewards on offer for donating to the Australian Architecture Association's annual 'Keep Architecture Open' operations fund raising campaign.

Click here, to visit our donation page and take your pick of rewards, including a weekend getaway, original art works, lego architecture, books, AAA memberships and continuing professional development talks.

We are looking to raise $15,000, which will be used to help us continue to deliver and develop our unique program of architectural walks, tours and events.

As a not-for-profit organisation we rely on your continuing support to help us provide unique opportunities to learn about architecture and the built environment and keep opening the doors on contemporary design.

We aren't just asking you to give away your money! Instead the AAA wants to reward you for your generous donation to our annual appeal. Each week of the campaign we have been adding new treats to tempt you!

Don't want to claim a reward? Just want to make a donation? Please follow the link below and donate as little as $20 to our campaign.

 

DONATE NOW

Don't forget to share this campaign with your friends/colleagues to help spread the word to donate.

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At Home With The Architect Visits Redfern

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In October, At Home With the Architect visits The Fern, Australia's first Passivhaus certified apartment building. Located in Redfern, the eco-apartments were designed, developed and constructed by Steele Associates.

The Fern comprises of eleven - one bedroom apartments that have been designed following the principles of the voluntary Pasive House (Passivhaus) standard for energy efficiency.

The tour will be led by architect/builder Oliver Steele, director of Steele Associates.

Take this opportunity to ask all the curly questions; how do you cost effectively to create a thermal break in a concrete balcony? What are the practical considerations for Passive House on such a tight inner city site? See the rooftop plant and solar spaces.

Steele Associates pushed numerous boundaries on this project, with triple glazing, heat recovery ventilation, waxed concrete walls, and all sorts of other weird and wonderful things, said Oliver Steele.

ABOUT STEELE ASSOCIATES

Oliver Steele is both an architect and licenced builder. He established Steele Associates in 1998 and his company is based in Alexandria NSW.

The practice specialises in sustainable design, development and construction.

Oliver explains his companies ethos, 'Our vision is simple: to redefine sustainable property development and lead the market to set new benchmarks in eco-living...We believe eco-friendly design isn’t a nice-to-have – it’s fundamental to our survival. We also know it doesn’t have to cost more, and offers a far better quality of life.'

Steele Associates has received numerous design and construction industry awards and has been featured in national and international publications.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Redfern 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 October 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
    Images: The Fern, Redfern NSW
    Images Source: Steele Associates

Reward Yourself With Lego Architecture

This week we've added some new Lego Architecture rewards to entice architects, designers or the design enthusiast looking to indulge their inner child!

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This Lego Architecture model is in it's original sealed box and has never been assembled.

LEGO PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Few one-room homes are as strikingly modern and instantly recognizable as the Farnsworth House™, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

This single-story steel structure with floor-to-ceiling glass walls was meant to open a minimalist interior to nature in an extreme way. Construction took place from 1945–1951 on a 60-acre estate beside the Fox River in Plano, Illinois, where it still stands today.

The assembled Farnsworth House model is over 11.9” (30.4cm) wide on a base with printed name label and includes a booklet with facts about the building, its construction and history.

  • Architectural replica of the real-world Farnsworth House™
  • Booklet included with details on design and history. (English language only)
  • Measures 2.6" (6.6cm) tall, 11.9" (30.4cm) wide and 6.7" (17.6cm) deep

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $300 Lego Architecture 21009 Farnsworth House reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page.

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This Lego Architecture model is in it's original sealed box and has never been assembled.

LEGO PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Introducing the world-renowned Sydney Opera House™. This masterpiece of expressionist architecture is the vision of young Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, whose unique interlocking vaulted ‘shell’ design beat 933 competitors from 28 countries to win an international design competition held by the New South Wales government in 1959. Combined with the beautiful setting of Sydney Harbour, the opera house has become a true symbol of late modern architecture and one of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century.

This LEGO® Architecture series interpretation of the Sydney Opera House was designed by US architect Adam Reed Tucker in collaboration with the LEGO design team.

  • Interpretation of real-world architectural landmark Sydney Opera House™
  • Booklet included with details on design and history (English language only. Other languages available for download)
  • Collect the entire landmark series
  • LEGO® Architecture inspires future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world using the LEGO brick as a medium for reproducing esteemed structures
  • Measures 2.8” (7 cm) tall, 6.3” (16 cm) wide and 4.4” (11.2 cm) deep

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $250 Lego Architecture 21012 Sydney Opera House reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page.

In Memory of Dick Taylor

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The Australian Architecture Association would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of Dick Taylor who passed away this year. Dick was a founding partner of the engineering firm Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW), who have been long time supporters of the AAA.

DICK TAYLOR AM BE
1921 – 2018 

Edward Richard (Dick) Taylor was of the most admired and respected structural engineers of his generation. Working at a time of great change when advances in building design, materials, equipment and technology were altering the face of our cities, Dick Taylor and the firm he established in Sydney - Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW) - were at the forefront of developments from the late 1950s.

Dick was born in Hobart on 21 January 1921, the younger son of Harold and Dorothy Taylor. Dick attended the Hobart Technical College. He began an engineering degree at the University Tasmania in 1938 where he showed early promise with a Distinction in Engineering Drawing and Design. However, like so many of his peers, he left his course unfinished to join the 2nd Australian Infantry Forces in September 1941. He served with the army in Papua New Guinea, which he recalled as terribly gruelling and dangerous. On returning to Hobart after the end of the war, he resumed his university studies and graduated as a Bachelor of Engineering at the end of 1950.

On June 4 1948 married Jean Monckton, youngest daughter of Edward and Dorothy Monckton. This was an enduring partnership filled with romance and adventure which lasted 70 years. Jean provided the support for Dick in their welcoming family home at Clifton Gardens which enabled him to concentrate on his career. There were four children. 

After graduating, Dick worked briefly in Port Kembla before sailing to England in 1952. On arrival in London, Dick worked for a time with Costains on the new pre-stressed concrete. Later he joined Norman and Dawbarn in West London where he worked on the BBC TV studios, only demolished on 2003.

After a couple of years, Dick enquired about opportunities in the building industry in New South Wales and was immediately offered a position with the NSW Government. On returning to Sydney in early 1955 he was appointed lead structural engineer in the Government Architect’s Office. 

In 1958 Dick took the decision to establish himself in private practice. Architects embraced Dick as their structural engineer, and he worked – often through the night at home - on the large block of units at Collaroy Beach which have subsequently survived many storms over the years. Later he set up in North Sydney. There, Jock Thomson and Alan Whitting joined him and the Taylor Thomson Whitting practice was formed, known ever since as TTW.

In 1959 Dick was glad to have David Norman and Leo Addicoat share his office space as they were setting-up practice as Mechanical Electrical Engineers. This was the start of a close relationship between the two firms. Together they developed the building at 48 Chandos Street, St Leonards which remains the headquarters of TTW.

All his life Dick had a great aesthetic sense and believed that the relationship between engineer and architect was imperative to achieving the best outcomes for a building. From the beginning of his career he worked successfully with leading Sydney architects then working at the NSW Public Works Department – Ken Woolley, Peter Hall and Michael Dysart. Projects included the now-demolished State Office Block (on completion in 1967, the tallest tower building in Sydney) and many schools and public buildings. Dick was an active member of the Association of Consulting Structural Engineers.

When Peter Hall who took over from Jörn Utzon as supervising architect for the Sydney Opera House, he introduced Dick to Ove Arup, the lead engineer, simply saying ‘You are meeting one of this country’s most brilliant engineers’.

Dick’s engineering legacy is a thriving practice at TTW now six decades old thanks to the firm's policy of bringing in young engineers as directors at a price they could afford. Dick always expected the best and drove himself hard. As he said himself: ‘Our work is only as good as the minds behind it’.

In 1982 Dick was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to engineering, in recognition of the standards of innovation, integrity and professionalism which were the hallmarks of his career. 

Outside engineering, his passion was sailing which had been a family activity since childhood. He showed his mettle as a competitive yachtsman early on, winning many races on the River Derwent in Hobart with his brother in their Cadet Dinghy, and later the ‘D’ Class yacht Pixie. He was a crew member on Winston Churchill in the 1946 Sydney-Hobart race when Churchill was dismasted off Tasmania and Dick had to row ten miles to shore for help. Until he was well into his 80s, Dick found the greatest joy in sailing alone outside the Heads and there were many memorable voyages with family and friends, both in New South Wales and Greek waters. Dick was for a time the official measurer at the CYC. He also kept up windsurfing into his 70s. 

Dick was also an exceptional yacht designer. His most famous design is Ice Bird, a 9.7 metre hard-chine steel-hulled vessel which was sailed by Dr David Lewis on the first single-handed voyage to and around Antarctica between 1972 and 74. Ice Bird is now in the Powerhouse Museum collection. 

All who knew Dick described him as a gentleman with impeccable manners and a willingness to listen and respond with kind words. No account of his life would be complete without mentioning his great love of classical music and the enviable sound system he built in his home. Even in declining health, he never stopped seeking knowledge and appreciating the beauty of both the natural environment and human creations. 

David Norman, founder of the engineering consultancy Norman Disney Young, wrote the following after Dick’s death: “Dick was essentially a very humble man who never within my hearing boasted about his ability and achievement. Yet he was at the time one of Australia’s most brilliant structural engineers. There is little doubt that TTW was considered to be a leader in the industry and renowned for the innovation and quality of their designs. Dick was always happy to mentor the young'.

Dick died on 20 March 2018. He is survived by Jean; children Cathy, James, Matthew and Richard; eight grandchildren and a step-granddaughter, and five great-grandchildren.

  • Introduction: Vanessa Couzens
  • Obituary: Supplied by TTW (Taylor Thomson Whitting)
  • Image: Dick Taylor (kindly supplied by his family)

Support Week 2 of Keep Architecture Open 2018

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Last week the Australian Architecture Association announced the launch of our annual 'Keep Architecture Open' fund raising campaign. 

We are looking to raise $15,000, which will be used to help us continue to deliver and develop our unique program of architectural walks, tours and events.

As a not-for-profit organisation we rely on your continuing support to help us provide unique opportunities to learn about architecture and the built environment and keep opening the doors on contemporary design.

We aren't just asking you to give away your money! Instead the AAA wants to reward you for your generous donation to our annual appeal. Each week of the campaign we will be adding new treats to tempt you!

This week we are adding the below rewards:

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You won't want to miss out on this weeks fabulous reward, a luxury getaway in country Victoria along with tickets for AAA walking tours.

Hepburn at Hepburn is an adult's only retreat that sets the precedent in five star accommodation with modern technology, distinctive architecture and sophisticated design that is captured in the 14 opulent villas.

North west of Melbourne the historic town of Hepburn Springs is located in the middle of one of Australia's largest concentrations of mineral springs. Indulge yourself by tasting the health-giving waters, enjoy one the luxury spas or delight your taste buds at one of the decadent food and wine establishments.

Check out Hepburn at Hepburn by visiting http://www.hepburnathepburn.com.au/

Please note booking will be subject to availability.

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $790 Getaway + Walks reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page. 

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The ultimate gift for budding architects or the design enthusiast looking to indulge their inner child! This Lego Architecture model is in it's original sealed box and has never been assembled.

LEGO PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

2009 marks the 50th anniversary of one of New York City’s best-known museums, the Solomon R. Guggenheim®. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, the museum opened just six months after he passed away.

This intricately built LEGO® model, co-developed and designed by architect Adam Reed Tucker, celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative vision and organic architectural style. 

The assembled Solomon R. Guggenheim museum model stands 4" (102 mm) tall on a gray and black base with 

printed name label and includes a booklet with facts about the building, its construction and its history.

Perfect for any New Yorker, world tourist or architecture fan!

  • Replica of real-world architectural landmark Solomon R. Guggenheim museum!
  • Booklet included with details on design and history (English language only)
  • Measures 4" (10.2cm) tall, 5.6" (14.3cm) wide and 3.1" (8cm) deep

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $300 Lego Architecture 21004 Guggenheim Museum reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page.

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Support the AAA's 'Keep Architecture Open' fundraising campaign and reward yourself with two vintage books on one of America's greatest architects Frank Lloyd Wright. Immerse yourself in the projects completed by this iconic designer.

Click here to read an Amazon description of 'The Life and Works of Frank Lloyd Wright' by Maria Constantino.
Click here to read an Amazon description of 'Frank Lloyd Wright: A Visual Encyclopedia' by Iain Thomson.

 

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $300 Books Frank Lloyd Wright reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page.

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Support the Australian Architecture Association and own an original artwork by Australian artist Craig Couzens.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

‘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.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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 in successful solo exhibitions in 2017 and 2018. His work is included in numerous private collections in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

ARTWORK DETAILS

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

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $150 Lino Print ‘Alice Meets the Caterpillar’ reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page.

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Now you can wear your love of architecture and design and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2018

The exclusive AAA t-shirt has been printed by the Australian firm Pistol Clothing with a graphic designed by AAA volunteer and 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 45.5cm (only 2 available)
Size 12 48 cm (only 2 available)
Size 14 51 cm (only 2 available)

Mens T-Shirt
Small 46cm (only 3 available)
Medium 50cm (only 3 available)

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $60 AAA T-Shirt reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page.

Don't want to claim a reward? Just want to make a donation? Please follow the link below and donate as little as $10 to our campaign.

 

DONATE NOW

Don't forget to share this campaign with your friends/colleagues to help spread the word to donate.

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At Home With The Architect Visits Newtown

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This month 'At Home With The Architect' invites you to meet architect Jason Blake, of Jason Blake Architecture and explore his renovation and additions to a Victorian terrace residence in Newtown. Taking place on Sunday 23 September you'll discover that good things do come in small packages!

Sitting on a site under 130 square metres in size, the challenge was to design a home which incorporated contemporary interiors, natural daylighting and spaces that 'feel' generous yet are efficient.

The design of the second level addition of a bedroom and ensuite along with rear living and kitchen spaces, intentionally utilises different construction to visually differentiate between what is old and what is new. The historical character of the residence from the street is not compromised.

Jason described the project as 'an eight year labour of love' and the home reflects a strong influence of Japanese architecture and craftsmanship. The residence incorporates clever 'borrowed' spaces and attention to detail, in particular in it's carpentry.

ABOUT JASON BLAKE ARCHITECTURE

Jason Blake Architecture is a small studio practice based in the inner west suburb Marrickville and was established by Jason Blake in 2000.

The firm undertakes all types of residential building, including detached houses, terraces, semi-detached houses, and apartments. Their work has been featured in publications and TV programs and has also been the recipient of architectural and industry awards.

Jason is also a licenced builder and in 2011 established JBA Construct which allows the practice to provide a full service from design right through to construction delivery.

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 23 September 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this private residence, numbers are limited.

Book your place on the tour, click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Newtown residence designed by Jason Blake Architecture (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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The Australian Architecture Association would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We have had another eventful year and remain committed to increasing the public’s awareness and appreciation of architecture.  In 2018 we added 2 new walks to our tour programme, one in Ultimo and one in Chippendale. Look out for these tours in 2019. 

The AAA would like to thank our financial supporters, Natspec and Universal Publications, as well as the architects, designers and clients who have kindly opened their homes this year.  To everyone who donated to our annual fundraising campaign, your support ensures that we can continue to help people understand the value of architecture and how it shapes our cities.

A very big thank you to our AAA volunteers, who are the backbone of the Australian Architecture Association and committed to sharing architecture with the general public.

Best wishes and look forward to seeing you on one of our tours in 2019.

Join the Ultimo Walk This Saturday

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Don't miss out on experiencing the AAA's latest tour The Ultimo Walk, taking place this Saturday 8 September 2018.

Colonial settlement of the inner city urban village of Ultimo began in 1803, when 34 acres was granted to surgeon, John Harris, on lands traditionally inhabited by the Gadigal clan of the Eora nation. 

Harris built a grand two storey residence on the property (demolished in 1932) called Ultimo House. Ultimo House remained one of the colony's premier addresses well into the 1890s, while it's surroundings became increasingly industrial in nature including slaughterhouses, rental properties and quarrying operations.

In the 1890s Sydney Technical College was established - putting Ultimo on the cultural map. Twentieth and twenty-first century additions of educational buildings have reinforced Ultimo's reputation as a centre for learning.

Over the two hour walk you'll discover some of the suburbs architectural gems and open spaces, including the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Sydney Technical College (TAFE NSW Sydney Institute), the Powerhouse Museum, and the Goods Line.

TOUR DETAILS

Meeting Point: Powerhouse Museum Forecourt, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Date: 10.00am - 11.30pm
Time: Saturday 8 September 2018
Tickets: $30 (public) / $25 (Seniors & Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note - concession ticket holders should present their ID on the tour day.

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

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Dr Chau Chak Wing Building - UTS Business School, designed by Frank Gehry. (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: Sydney Technical College (TAFE NSW Sydney Institute), designed by government architect William Kemp (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

 

 

Join A Design Tour of Parliament House

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Don't miss the DESIGN Canberra Festival taking place this month in the nations capital. As a part of the festival - tours will be taking place at Parliament House.

Find out why Australian Parliament House has won so many hearts (and so many architectural awards), for six days during the DESIGN Canberra Festival.

Many of the behind-the-scenes areas of Parliament House will be thrown open to the public in a series of tours entitled – The Geometry of Democracy.

The tours will showcase the geometric brilliance of the building and its place in the landscape.

Visitors will be able to visit places rarely seen by the public – and see how, because of brilliant design and vision, one building can thrive as a place of ceremony as well as a workplace for thousands of people.

TOUR DETAILS

Dates: Sat 10, Sun 11, Sat 17, Sun 18, Sat 24 and Sun 25 November
Times: 11.30am and 2.00pm
Location: Australian Parliament House
Cost: $25 (Adult), Concession $20 - Bookings through Canberra Ticketing - Click here to secure a place on a tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Flier Geometry of Democracy Tours (supplied by Parliamentary Experience Branch COO Division)
  • Photographer: People on a tour of Parliament House, 23 May 2016. Photograph by Penny Bradfield AUSPIC/DPS

Reward Yourself With An Individual Membership

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The Australian Architecture Association offers enthusiasts for design an opportunity to keep opening the doors on architecture through its AAA Individual Membership.

As an Individual Member there are numerous benefits to be gained, including free walking tours and discounts on other AAA talks and events.

Your membership helps support the continuing operation of the Australian Architecture Association. Our not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to making architecture and design accessible to everyone.

Your AAA membership will help continue opening the doors on contemporary architecture and raising awareness of the value of design.

Click here to collect your reward. Alternatively, visit the AAA website and learn more about the different membership schemes available to suit your needs.

Memorable AAA Residential Tour

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What a memorable and wonderful last residential bus tour held on 8th December, an amazing finish to 2018.  We visited four very different residential projects from Balmain to Manly and attendees were given the opportunity to see and hear first-hand about the design process from the architects and designers.  Of course, the day wouldn’t be as successful without the delicious lunch at Marthas where we share good food, stories with like-minded people and the architects.

Thanks to MM + J Architects, Carter Williamson Architects, Anderson Architecture and Ben Gerstel Architecture for participating and adding to the success of the day.  

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  • Article: Annette Dearing
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

 

Discover the Story Behind Little Albion Guesthouse

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Recently featured in Augusts AAA Short Black: Architects In Their Space tour, Little Albion Guesthouse is one of Surry Hills newest offerings for the modern luxury traveller. Writer and AAA volunteer - Deborah Singerman, reports on on her conversation about the project with space planner and interior designer Connie Alessi, who was instrumental to the projects development and realisation.

Boutique inner-city guest house plucks at the heart strings

The Little Albion calls itself a guest house, not a hotel. This is entirely appropriate for a 35-room, pet friendly boutique place, a gratifying example of adaptive/reuse that both belies and yet builds on its chequered history including as a convent and a hospice. 

The transformation takes what one of the project’s mainsprings, interior designer and space planner Connie Alessi, remembers as being an architecturally “very run-down” building into a new realm of exquisite, bespoke comfort. 

I missed the AAA tour on August 18, 2018. The Sydney transport meltdown on that day meant I only travelled from my home in Ashfield as far as Petersham. However, I heard that the visit was a rip-roaring success, with a big group enjoying long chats with Alessi, architect Terence Yong and hotel manager Wendy Morris. My subsequent visits and the rave reviews from design websites confirmed this enthusiasm was justified.

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Paul Fischmann of 8Hotels brought together a unique mix of creatives, including Terence Yong (Terence Yong Architecture) and Chris Haughton (SHED) on the architecture, with Connie Alessi (Archemy) and Cressida Kennedy (Space Control) for the interiors.  Fischmann also wanted Wendy Morris, with whom he has worked before, in what became a tight-knit group.  

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Morris chose the Molton Brown handwashes, with their subtle fragrances, for the bathrooms, up from the lobby, and directed the range of Australian goodies for the Honour Bar. A rarity in Australia, its honesty-based system has guests write down the breakfast, nibbles and drinks that they have and only pay at the end of their stay. This typifies the level of trust, detail and intimacy that distinguishes this peaceful Surry Hills hideaway.

It also required imagination, research, exactitude and, yes that word, passion,

“The old building was gutted, leaving only the perimeter walls, and various heritage elements such as the fireplaces and the arches in the corridors,” says Alessi. “When you walk through on ground level that was a chapel, with two stories and beautiful stained-glass windows. These were removed. On level 3, the windows are new but do not look new because we dressed them in architraves.”
Everyone wanted brick as the main structural material, for its romance, helping to create the mood that filters through from the pathway up to the hotel, lined with variegated pot plants with a delicate Japanese maple in the corner, up to the fifth-floor roof garden. Getting the additional floors led to “a lot of ups and downs with council”, Alessi remembers, but the roof and the glass-sided lift to it afford an unlikely view of rooftops reminiscent of a historic European city. 

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In between, there are brass room numbers with their own Art Deco-related font, sumptuous leather armchairs in the sunken lounge, which was inspired by the Olivetti showroom in Italy, and a stylish pink banquette in the Honour Bar – pink and emerald feature throughout in upholstery, curtains and walls (even the dishwasher in the Bar is green). There are also marble bathrooms, polished concrete floors, and fabrics and other products from bespoke, specialist suppliers many with long histories in Sydney.

A wall of romantic poetry books, printed to look old with doodles for an appealing personal touch, is ingenious. It is part of an art program from Nick Samartis, that also covers stairwells and individual rooms with multifarious pictures including of historic Surry Hills identifies. Illustrations from Alexandra Nea on the website and the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Guide, pinpoint “culture, coffee/breakfast/light eats, dinner, drinks (and) shop”, in anticipation of urbane Australian, European and American guests.
“We all absolutely love it,” Alessi says.

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ABOUT DEBORAH SINGERMAN

AAA Volunteer Deborah Singerman is a writer and editor, with extensive experience interviewing people, researching stories, finding angles and then disseminating the information for different readerships.

She offer professional writing and editing services for articles with content that can be adapted for websites, blogs, magazines and university journals.

Check out her website at: https://www.deborahsingerman.com.au/

  • Article: Deborah Singerman
  • Image1: An exterior view of the new extension to original hospice building
  • Image 2: Connie Alessi principal of the design firm Archemy
  • Image 3: Terence Yong principal of Terence Yong Architecture (formerly project architect at Shed Design Studio) and Connie Alessi discuss the guest houses design with AAA Short Black attendees
  • Image 4: A view from the interior of the ground floor entry
  • Image 5: A view of an upper level lift lobby
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

Explore Sydney Observatory With the AAA and MAAS

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Explore Sydney Observatory with Australian Architecture Association (AAA) and MAAS (the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences).

THE SYDNEY OBSERVATORY ARCHITECTURE TOUR

In association with MAAS (the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences) the AAA 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

Location: Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort St, Millers Point NSW
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Date: Sunday 25 November 2018
Tickets: Adult $30 / Concession $25 / MAAS & AAA Members $25
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.

Don't miss out book now - click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: The Sydney Design 2018 tour held in March (Photographer: Annette Dearing)

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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 Saturday 13 October 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: Saturday 13 October 2018
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

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

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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.

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AAA Short Black: Visits Camperdown Cemetery

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This weekend the Australian Architecture Association will hold a Short Black: Architects In Their Space Talk. Featuring one of the most unusual public spaces in Sydney - the walled landscape that is Camperdown Cemetery. On Saturday 8 September enjoy a talk and guided tour with the architect Hector Abrahams.

Created for burials in 1847, in just over twenty five years the cemetery was full and closed to burials. Over the subsequent 140 years it has developed a cultural profile of an ancient site, becoming the site of a major church, a graveyard of architectural relics, dramatically enclosed by its high stone wall in about 1950.

The tour will be led by Hector Abrahams, a former trustee and architect for the cemetery, who will attempt to explain something of the strategy for retaining its special qualities. He will tell the story of its history, celebrations, conservation of materials, stewardship and ecology.

ABOUT HECTOR ABRAHAMS ARCHITECTS

Hector Abrahams Architects (HAA) is a Sydney based architectural practice recognised for their work on heritage projects, masterplanning and adaptive re-use.

Their portfolio includes work on public, commercial, educational, residential and church buildings of all sizes and styles.

The philosophy driving their designs is based on the understanding that old buildings have to be understood, kept well and made liveable and workable for people in today’s world. They believe that additions and new buildings should engage seamlessly with their surroundings.

TOUR DETAILS:

Location: Meet underneath the fig tree, inside the gates, 189 Church Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Please Note:
Closed-in shoes must be worn on the tour.
Absolutely no parking is permitted in the cemetery.
Date: Saturday 8 September 2018
Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members) / Free (AAA Company Members)

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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Get Your Copy Of Grand Designs Australia

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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.

Photographic Review of August's Booked Out Tour

 

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Image 1: The Kitchen / Dining area in 'Collectors Cottage' in Bardwell Park, designed by Mark Szczerbicki Design Studio

On Saturday 11 August 2018 the sold out AAA Residential Bus Tour, set out from Customs House to explore contemporary homes in Sydney's inner west and northern suburbs.

Enjoying perfect blue skies tour participants got to explore the interiors and exteriors of four fabulous residential projects designed by:

Midway through the tour participants were treated to a delicious three course lunch at Martha's in Castlecrag.

Below are some photographs of what was seen over the day.

HOUSE 1: 'COLLECTORS COTTAGE' - BARDWELL PARK

Designed by Mark Szczerbicki Design Studio

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Image 2: Mark Szczerbicki explains the clients design brief for 'Collectors Cottage' 
Image 3: A View through the Kitchen / Dining space towards the back yard at 'Collectors Cottage'
Image 4: The rear extension on 'Collectors Cottage'

HOUSE 2: 'NEWTOWN RESIDENCE' - NEWTOWN

Designed by Jason Blake Architecture

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Image 5: Jason Blake discussed how his Newtown Residence gained an additional storey and extension at the rear
Image 6: A View of the rear extension to the Newtown Residence
Image 7: Kitchen / Dining space in the Newtown Residence

HOUSE 3: 'NORTHBRIDGE RESIDENCE' - NORTHBRIDGE

Designed by David Boyle Architects

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Image 8: David Boyle stands at the entry to the Northbridge Residence and explains its planning
Image 9: Lovely views can be enjoyed from the Northbridge Residences elevated alfresco space
Image 10: View back towards the rear of the Northbridge Residence from the elevated alfresco space

HOUSE 4: 'THE BOWER' - MANLY

Designed by

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Image 11: Sam Crawford explaining the inspiration for The Bower
Image 12: The Bower reflects the influence of Balinese architecture and sits in a secret garden invisible from the street
Image 13: The living space of The Bower enjoys duel views of the secret garden and of Cabbage Tree Bay

Thank you to all the architects and their clients for generously opening the doors on their homes. A great day was had by all!

Keep your eye on upcoming issues of 'All About Architecture' for announcements about the next residential tour. Make sure you book tickets early - otherwise you'll miss out!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

 

Join the The Rocks Tour This Saturday

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Discover the architecture and history of the historic harbourside suburb The Rocks. The Rocks tour will be taking place this Saturday 8 September.

On this unique two-hour walking tour of Sydney’s oldest suburb, you'll discover 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 by major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the Harbour Bridge.

We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new 21st century residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo. See how Barangaroo has been developed and hear about how the architecture shapes the foreshores of the city of Sydney.

TOUR DETAILS

The Rocks Walk developed by the Australian Architecture Association.

Location: Meet at the Harbourside Forecourt, Museum of Contemporary Art 
140 George St, The Rocks, NSW 2000
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Saturday 8 September 2018
Tickets: Adult $30 / Senior & Student $25 (ID required to join the walk) / AAA Members Free
Accessibility: Please note the tour encompasses climbing stairs and walking over uneven surfaces.

Numbers are limited, so click here now to book your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 2: The Museum of Contemporary Art (Photographer: Vincent Lam)

Reward Yourself With Lego Architecture

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The ultimate gift for budding architects or the design enthusiast looking to indulge their inner child! This Lego Architecture model is in it's original sealed box and has never been assembled.

LEGO PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Introducing the LEGO® Architecture Landmark series of real-world construction models!

This striking black-and-white replica of the famous Willis Tower in Chicago, U.S.A. measures 9" (228 mm) tall and 3.1" (80 mm) wide at its labeled base, and includes a booklet full of details about the building’s design and history, plus facts about the real tower. A creative and eye-catching accent for any desk, shelf or mantelpiece!

  • Replica of real-world architectural landmark Willis Tower!
  • Booklet included with details on design and history!
  • Measures 9" (22.8cm) tall, 3.1" (8cm) wide and 2.5" (6.4cm) deep

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $150 Lego Architecture 21000 Sears / Willis Tower reward by clicking on the box and then select 'Purchase the Reward'.

Reward Yourself With Architecture Books

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Support the AAA's 'Keep Architecture Open' fundraising campaign and reward yourself with two vintage books on architects based in the Asia Pacific. Immerse yourself in the projects completed by Malaysian architect Dr Ken Yeang and Japanese architect Shiguru Ban.

Click here to read Wiley's description of 'Ecoarchitecture: The Work of Ken Yeang' by Sara Hart (Author).
Click here to read Book Depository's description of 'Shigeru Ban', created by Princeton Architectural Press, Edited by Eugenia Bell, Foreword by Emilio Ambasz, Introduction by Shigeru Ban.

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $150 Books Ken Yeang + Shigeru Ban reward by clicking on the box and then select 'Purchase the Reward'.

Reward Yourself With Fine Dining

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This week reward yourself with a delicious meal to the value of $150 at Martha’s restaurant in Castlecrag and enjoy a bonus ticket for any of the AAA’s architectural walking tours.

Martha’s has an established reputation for fine dining combining the flavours of modern European dishes with a nod to French Bistro style.

Breakfast is served from Friday to Sunday and lunch and dinner every night of the week. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $150 Dining + Walk reward by clicking on the box and then select ‘Purchase this reward’.

Join the The Rocks Tour This Saturday

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Discover the architecture and history of the historic harbourside suburb The Rocks. The Rocks tour will be taking place this Saturday 11 August.

On this unique two-hour walking tour of Sydney’s oldest suburb, you'll discover 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 by major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the Harbour Bridge.

We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new 21st century residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo. See how Barangaroo has been developed and hear about how the architecture shapes the foreshores of the city of Sydney.

TOUR DETAILS

The Rocks Walk developed by the Australian Architecture Association.

Location: Meet at the Harbourside Forecourt, Museum of Contemporary Art 
140 George St, The Rocks, NSW 2000
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Saturday 11 August 2018
Tickets: Adult $30 / Senior & Student $25 (ID required to join the walk) / AAA Members Free
Accessibility: Please note the tour encompasses climbing stairs and walking over uneven surfaces.

Numbers are limited, so click here now to book your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Sydney Design Festival 2018 logo (sourced from MAAS)
  • Image 2: The Museum of Contemporary Art (Photographer: Vincent Lam)

Take An Architecture Walk Through Redfern

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When was the last time you visited Redfern? This month is the perfect time to discover the architectural delights of this inner city urban village.

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 19 August 2018
Tickets: $30 (public) / $25 (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: Vanessa Couzens & AAA tour text
  • Image: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

Reward Yourself With Professional Development

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Are you looking to update your continuing professional development points or just interested in experiencing one of eClassroom’s most popular talks? Support the Keep Architecture Open 2018 campaign and you’ll learn all about the iconic French architect ‘Jean Nouvel’ and gain 3 formal CPD points.

Jean Nouvel heads an international architectural practice, yet his architecture is sensitive and poetic and speaks to the subtlety of each specific site. In this Australian Architectural Association Black Talk 5, Nouvel describes his architectural journey from his first architectural encounter at the Beaux-Arts School, in Bordeaux, in the 1960s, to his recent and current projects. This journey explains the foundation and history behind Nouvel’s architectural ideologies and provides a basis for understanding his designs for buildings such as The Arab World Institute in Paris, The Cartier Foundation in Paris and Agbar Tower in Barcelona.

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $200 CPD + Walk reward by clicking on the box and then select ‘Purchase this reward’.

ABOUT eCLASSROOM

eClassroom is an Australian online continuing education platform offering a variety of formal courses and packages perfect for architects, landscape architects, designers and planners.

 

Reward Yourself With An Original Artwork

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Support the continued operations of the Australian Architecture Association and own an original artwork by Australian artist Craig Couzens.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

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.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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 in successful solo exhibitions in 2017 and 2018. His work is included in numerous private collections in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

ARTWORK DETAILS

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

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $220 Collagraph Print 'Three Sirens' by Craig Couzens reward by clicking on the box and then select ‘Purchase this reward’.

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August's At Home With The Architect Visits Woollahra

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This month 'At Home With The Architect' invites you to explore a residence in Woollahra. Taking place on Sunday 26 August, architect Andy Harding, one of the directors of Stanic Harding, will guide tour particants through the collaboration between Stanic Harding and interior designers Interni.

'The house was originally built in the 1930’s, however, it had been poorly renovated in the late 1980’s where many of the building's original features had been removed', said Andy Harding. The client’s desire was to refurbish the building bringing back the character of the original house whilst accommodating the requirements of a contemporary family.

The original entry to the house sat one level up from the street which was accessed via a narrow external stair with the main living level located on the next level and the bedrooms on the level above. To provide suitable access it was elected that an internal street level access be generated connecting to a lift and stair connecting all levels of the building. This required tunnelling under the existing house which proved to be a very complex proposition due to the “found” condition of the existing building fabric.

The result is a house which was driven by strong pragmatic and aesthetic requirements from the clients and the design team that sits comfortably within its elevated Woollahra setting.

ABOUT STANIC HARDING

Stanic Harding was established in 1989 when Andy Harding and Andrew Stanic formed a partnership. The practice is based in Bondi Beach and has been the recipient of numerous architectural and industry awards.

The firm undertakes both architectural and interior design across a variety of sectors, including residential, commercial, retail and public.

Stanic Harding's body of work reflects their commitment to the production of architecture that is of its time and that fuses a sensitive contemporary approach with functional and pragmatic requirements.

ABOUT INTERNI

Interni is medium sized interior design firm established in 1989 and based in Surry Hills.

Headed by Louise Bell, one of the founding Directors, the firm specializes in residential, retail and commercial design.

Their body of work reflects their commitment to creating timeless interiors that respect the buildings they inhabit.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Woollahra, NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Date: Sunday 26 August 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Woollahra Residence designed by Stanic Harding and Interni (Images courtesy of Stanic Harding)



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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.

Reward Yourself With A T-shirt

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Now you can wear your love of architecture and design and donate to Keep Architecture Open 2018

The exclusive AAA t-shirt has been printed by the Australian firm Pistol Clothing with a graphic designed by AAA volunteer and 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 45.5cm (only 2 available)
Size 12 48 cm (only 2 available)
Size 14 51 cm (only 2 available)

Mens T-Shirt
Small 46cm (only 3 available)
Medium 50cm (only 3 available)

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $60 AAA T-Shirt reward by clicking on the box and then select 'Purchase the Reward'.

 

 

 

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  • Image 1: AAA Volunteer Vanessa Couzens models a womans t-shirt
  • Image 2: 'Ode to Utzon' graphic and representations of the mens and womens t-shirts.

Reward Yourself With An Original Artwork

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Support the continued operations of the Australian Architecture Association and own an original artwork by Australian artist Craig Couzens.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

‘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.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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 in successful solo exhibitions in 2017 and 2018. His work is included in numerous private collections in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

ARTWORK DETAILS

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

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $150 Lino Print ‘Alice Meets the Caterpillar’ reward by clicking on the box and then select 'Purchase the Reward'.

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  • Image 2: ‘Alice Meets the Caterpillar’ shown in its white timber frame.

 

AAA Short Black: Visits Little Albion Guest House

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This weekend the Australian Architecture Association will hold a Short Black: Architects In Their Space Talk. Featuring Sydney's latest luxury accommodation option the Little Albion Guest House in Surry Hills. On Saturday 18 August enjoy a talk and guided tour of spaces with project architect Terence Yong and Project Manager Connie Alessi.

The architects - Terence Yong (Project Architect and principal of Terence Yong Architecture) and Chris Haughton (Principal of SHED), working in association with Project Manager and interior designer - Connie Alessi (Director of Archemy) and interior designer Cressida Kennedy (Director of Space Control Design), have created a unique experience for luxury travellers looking to immerse themselves in the character of Surry Hills.

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Situated in the heart of Surry Hills, Little Albion Guest House fronts two streets – Albion Street and Little Albion Street. It occupies a tiny North-South-oriented urban infill site in a densely built urban environment, and hence it is deprived of natural sunlight. It is sandwiched between two heritage buildings – a former Presbyterian church to the West, which is now a hip commercial office building, and a former school hall to the East, which is now a mixed-use apartment building. All three buildings form part of a Heritage Conservation Area.

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Reception and All-Day Sunken Lounge on the Lower Ground Floor and two levels of sun-bathed guest rooms above with neighbourhood and city views. The New Western Extension has three levels of sun-bathed guest rooms with expansive popout, steel-framed picture windows with banquette seating. Both extensions appear as vertical white brick boxes that are separated by a tall and sleek, attention-grabbing Glass Lift Tower.

8Hotel's founder and chief executive Paul Fischmann said travellers are all about the experience and are shifting more towards the boutique end of the market to "immerse themselves in a city".

The talk will be followed with an opportunity to go inside some of the rooms with the architect.

Delightfully intimate, genuinely original & refreshingly unpretentious, Little Albion is the embodiment of the local guest house experience reimagined for the modern luxury traveller.

Behind a beautifully restored heritage former convent lays a world of tantalizing interior delights & surprises awaiting your discovery at every turn.

The building is capped with a North-facing, beautifully landscaped Secret Rooftop Garden with sweeping views of the city.

TOUR DETAILS:

Location: Meet Little Albion Guesthouse entrance, 21 Little Albion Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Date: Saturday 18 August 2018
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members) / Free (AAA Company Members)

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Little Albion Guest House entry
  • Image 2: Little Albion Guest House from Little Albion Street
  • Image 3: Little Albion Guest House sunken lounge and reception
  • Image 4: Little Albion Guest House suite
  • Photographer: Terence Yong

Reward Yourself With Lego Architecture

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The ultimate gift for budding architects or the design enthusiast looking to indulge their inner child! This Lego Architecture model is in it's original sealed box and has never been assembled.

LEGO PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

2009 marks the 50th anniversary of one of New York City’s best-known museums, the Solomon R. Guggenheim®. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, the museum opened just six months after he passed away.

This intricately built LEGO® model, co-developed and designed by architect Adam Reed Tucker, celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative vision and organic architectural style. 

The assembled Solomon R. Guggenheim museum model stands 4" (102 mm) tall on a gray and black base with printed name label and includes a booklet with facts about the building, its construction and its history.

Perfect for any New Yorker, world tourist or architecture fan!

  • Replica of real-world architectural landmark Solomon R. Guggenheim museum!
  • Booklet included with details on design and history (English language only)
  • Measures 4" (10.2cm) tall, 5.6" (14.3cm) wide and 3.1" (8cm) deep

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $300 Lego Architecture 21004 Guggenheim Museum reward by clicking on the box and then select ‘Purchase the Reward’.

Get Your Copy Of Grand Designs Australia

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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.

Reward Yourself With Architecture Books

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Support the AAA's 'Keep Architecture Open' fundraising campaign and reward yourself with two vintage books on one of America's greatest architects Frank Lloyd Wright. Immerse yourself in the projects completed by this iconic designer.

Click here to read an Amazon description of 'The Life and Works of Frank Lloyd Wright' by Maria Constantino.
Click here to read an Amazon description of 'Frank Lloyd Wright: A Visual Encyclopedia' by Iain Thomson.

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $300 Books Frank Lloyd Wright reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page.

The Tapestry Of An Inner City Social and Built Environment

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AAA Volunteer - Deborah Singerman shares her recent experience of the AAA's newest inner city tour - the Ultimo Walk.

THE TAPESTRY OF AN INNER CITY SOCIAL AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT

The AAA’s first-ever Ultimo Walk started on a blustery June morning outside the Powerhouse Museum. It was also tour leader Michael McMullan’s first AAA venture. Probably sensibly, he did not dwell on the NSW State Government’s wish to relocate the museum west to Parramatta and rejig the existing site into a commercial, residential and creative mix.

After all, this part of town is used to mutability, its gritty history covering industry, education, cultural and community buildings. McMullen’s snapshot of the inner-city took in a formerly grand residence, a still popular technical college, an Olympian’s swimming pool, a modernist building, an urban design and landscaped transformation, and an educational institution that has spawned many nicknames and a few benefactor controversies of its own.

“History has been a hobby of mine since I was five would you believe. Not just dates or events but the whole social history context.”

This approach fed into his commentary as we walked briskly (gee, it was cold) through this varied part of town.

Ultimo House was built by convict labour in 1804 for surgeon John Harris on his estate at Ultimo and extended in 1814 by the convict architect Francis Greenway. It was Greenway's first colonial commission. In its now nondescript inner-city location it is hard to imagine it as a country seat with a park grazed by deer. Yet, as one of Sydney's grand residences, Ultimo House, had a renowned history with Harris leasing it out to prominent tenants. At the time of its demolition, in 1932, it was said to be the oldest standing house in Sydney.

On what was the largest site for technical education in NSW, in 1891 Sydney technical college, museum and two high schools, one for boys, the other for girls, were constructed. The intricacy of the façade detailing of Australian flora and fauna particularly impressed us.

The roof’s undulating grandeur marks the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Harry Seidler’s last public building, the clean, steel and glass structure such a contrast to area’s older brickwork. By the by, McMullan also pointed out the nearby Jessie Street (named after women’s rights advocate, 1889-1970) National Women’s Library and further along, the Durbach Block Jaggers-designed Le Corbusier Building, which shows his five principles of windows. It houses University of Technology Sydney Science and the Graduate School of Health.

Behind Central station we walked the Goods Line, the disused rail corridor that Aspect Studios in collaboration with design partners CHROFI transformed into a vibrant civic corridor for events, recreation and relaxing in an unexpectedly open space.

We ended up at the UTS business school, better known as the “paper bag” building or Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, within the complex. After admiring the hours and hours of brickwork involved and the 14 different types of brick used, we went inside and wound down the mirrored “crumpled” staircase of this Frank Gehry showpiece.

McMullan is a former forester, IT manager, contract manager of business change projects, and holder of an economics degree, which included Australian history. “My interests are the natural environment, the built environment, and the forces that drive change and progress. I have a sense of history, so I can stand in an environment and ‘feel’ the flow of what led to where we are.”

He is also long-time secretary of the AAA.

ULTIMO TOUR DETAILS

Experience the Ultimo Walk this month. 

Meeting Point: Powerhouse Museum Forecourt, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Date: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Time: Saturday 21 July 2018
Tickets: $30 (public) / $25 (Seniors & Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note - concession ticket holders should present their ID on the tour day.

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

ABOUT DEBORAH SINGERMAN

Deborah is a professional writer and editor. She offers services to small business, industry and professional associations and creatives looking for crisp, credible copy showcasing business, products and services in a professional light.

If you are looking for assistance delivering content for print and digital media you can contact Debra through her website: www.deborahsingerman.com.au

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  • Article: Deborah Singerman
  • Image 1: Tour leader Michael McMullan talks about the Powerhouse Museum (Photographer: Annette Dearing)
  • Image 2: Dr Chau Chak Wing Building - UTS Business School, designed by Frank Gehry. (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

Reward Yourself With A Mini-break

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You won't want to miss out on this fabulous reward, a luxury weekend getaway in country Victoria along with two tickets for any of the AAA's unique architectural walking tours.

Hepburn at Hepburn is an adult's only retreat that sets the precedent in five star accommodation with modern technology, distinctive architecture and sophisticated design that is captured in the 14 opulent villas.

North west of Melbourne the historic town of Hepburn Springs is located in the middle of one of Australia's largest concentrations of mineral springs. Indulge yourself by tasting the health-giving waters, enjoy one the luxury spas or delight your taste buds at one of the decadent food and wine establishments.

Check out Hepburn at Hepburn by visiting http://www.hepburnathepburn.com.au/

Please note booking will be subject to availability.

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $790 Getaway + Walks reward by clicking on the box and then selecting the link to visit the payment page. 

At Home With The Architect Visits Kirribilli

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This month 'At Home With The Architect' invites you to explore Doorzien House a residence in North Sydney's Kirribilli.

Taking place on Sunday 15 July, architect Melonie Bayl-Smith, Director of Bijl Architecture will guide tour participants through their architectural reworking of an existing semi-detached residence.

Designed for a couple looking to abandon their nomadic lifestyle, Doorzien House is the result of their desire for a 'forever' home. 'Doorzien' in Dutch means 'see through' and the house is designed to open up to as many lines of view as possible to take advantage of natural light and a spectacular vista of the Harbour.

ABOUT BIJL ARCHITECTURE

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.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Kirribilli, NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Date: Sunday 15 July 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Castlecrag Residence designed by Bijl Architecture (Photographer: Katherine Lu, images courtesy of Bijl Architecture)

Rewards Yourself Become A Member

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The Australian Architecture Association offers enthusiasts for design an opportunity to keep opening the doors on architecture through its AAA Individual Membership.

As an Individual Member there are numerous benefits to be gained, including free walking tours and At Home With the Architect tickets, along with discounts on other AAA talks and events.

Your membership helps support the continuing operation of the Australian Architecture Association. Our not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to making architecture and design accessible to everyone.

Your AAA membership will help continue opening the doors on contemporary architecture and raising awareness of the value of design.

Click here to to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $120 Individual Membership box and click on 'Purchase this reward'. Visit the AAA website to learn more about the different membership schemes available to suit your needs.

June's At Home With The Architect Visits Castlecrag

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This month 'At Home With The Architect' invites you to explore a residence in the garden suburb Castlecrag, designed by AAA Vice President and architect - Ben Gerstel.

Located in the Griffin Conservation Area of Castlecrag, the modest 1940's brick and tile residence was in need of an update. The clients wanted additional living space to accommodate their family and a garage.

An existing badly built extension at the rear of their house was demolished and replaced by a new light weight timber framed, fibre cement clad extension, that kept the original footprint of the home. A dramatic colour scheme selected by the clients highlights the demarcation between the original home and it's new spaces.

Ben Gerstel describes this type of alteration and addition as 'Jekyll and Hyde' - in that the new spaces are concealed from the street face and create a striking experience when entering the interior.

ABOUT BEN GERSTEL ARCHITECTURE

Established in 1997, Ben Gerstel Architecture is a small design studio located in Castlecrag, that specialises in residential design.

Before beginning his own practice, Ben worked for 15 years in a variety of small, medium and large architectural practices. 

Ben's ethos is to create residential spaces that integrate sustainable design principles, provide clients with planning solutions to suit their lifestyle and maintain a sensitivity to realistic budgets.

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 June 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this private residence, numbers are limited.

Book your place on the tour, click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Castlecrag Residence designed by Ben Gerstel Architecture (image courtesy of Ben Gerstel)

 

 

The Breathtaking Power of Vernacular Cultural Architecture

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Sometimes it works. A place you have wanted to see for years does live up to your expectation.

Ever since the late 1990s when I edited Timber in Context – a guide to sustainable use by Anne-Marie Willis and Tony Fry, then of the EcoDesign Foundation, one image has transfixed me: three imposing yet remarkably delicate-for-their-height curved timber structures. It is as if they are emerging from the undergrowth and in John Gollings’ photograph, the burnished gold adding to what already was a contemporary, pharaonic presence. 

This May I finally visited Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia, to see the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre. It was a public holiday. It was raining. There was no sign of a bus, but my partner and I had to get there. It was today or never. Luckily, we did not have to do anything intrepid, just catch a taxi from the tourist office. We caught the same taxi back as well, and judging by the stream of calls the driver got while on the road, he was one of the very few working that day. 

The centre is on a narrow peninsular between two bays, and we zig zagged at startling speed along the eight kilometres of lushly vegetated coastal road. Jean-Marie Tjibaou was an independence fighter. He was assassinated in 1989, but not before proclaiming his vision of establishing a cultural centre to celebrate Kanak languages and artistry.

The centre is both enveloped by its surroundings while also overseeing them. It opened in June 1998 and just as architect Renzo Piano’s Centre Pompidou was a modern miracle in Paris, this series of 10 massive but slender pavilions pinpoints how architecture can embrace and yet transform a place. 

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The timber (combined with steel in a composite structure) is Iroko, a hardwood tree from Ghana. Timber in Context explained it was chosen to withstand Pacific earthquake and cyclone belts, was termite resistant and priced competitively. 

The pavilions are based on traditional Kanak domestic structures and Kanak Grand Hut design. They are glimpsed at every angle, often soaring above the treetops. What is known as the Kanak path is a stepped walk leading further in to the core, and the discovery of the pavilions as they spread out across the terrain in the distance interspersed with traditional huts with variegated roofs conical to flatter, wooden statues and patterned welcome ribbons. 

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A full sweep of the pavilions as far as the eye can see is gained from the lush ridge (breezes help cool the air), before a return to the pathway, winding along mangrove areas and then quiet gardens with native essences and plants, and further on to ponds with black goldfish, vibrant bougainvillea and a trickling waterfall.

Inside, there is an art centre, a museum, performance, event and conference spaces and a multi-media library, closed on the Sunday we were there but in the informal meeting area, three tables of students were poring over their books – and sandwiches. It is all managed by the Kanak Culture Development Agency, with a plethora of tribal art and colonial style photographs from English photographer Allan Hughan (1834-1883), who had his own business in Nouméa, and was government photographer. 

Yes, the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre is a centre that inspires at all levels.

  • Article: Deborah Singerman - www.deborahsingerman.com.au
  • Images: The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre (Photographer: Deborah Singerman)

Reward Yourself With An Original Artwork

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Support the continued operations of the Australian Architecture Association and own an original artwork by Australian artist Craig Couzens.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

‘Metropolis I’ is a collagraph print by artist, Craig Couzens.

‘Metropolis I’ explores how individual form unites to create the rich tapestry of a city. This is an anonymous city, yet its layered skyline evokes a sense of familiarity. We ‘read’ the city in its context with nature, in this case how the brilliant light of a sunset picks out individual details.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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 in successful solo exhibitions in 2017 and 2018. His work is included in numerous private collections in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Artwork Name: ‘Shadows and Shapes’ (U/P) Edition of 1 (signed by the artist)
Art Type: Collagraph type
Printed on Fabriano paper (230gsm)
Print Size: H 220mm, W 350mm
Framed Size: H 440mm, W 520mm
Archival inks
Artist: Craig Couzens
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Notes for abbreviations:
U/P = Unique Print

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $220 Collagraph Print 'Metropolis 1' by Craig Couzens reward by clicking on the box and then select ‘Purchase this reward’.

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A Membership Offer Perfect For Small Business

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The Australian Architecture Association is now offering small businesses the opportunity to keep opening the doors on architecture through its new AAA Company Membership. Specially tailored to suit small businesses and organisations that employ under 10 staff, AAA Company Membership will cost $350 annually.

There are numerous benefits to be gained for you and your staff, including free walking tours and At Home With the Architect tickets, along with discounts on other AAA talks and events.

Your Company Membership provides the perfect opportunity to organise social events for your staff and promote team building.

Your membership also helps support the continuing operation of the Australian Architecture Association. Our not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to making architecture and design accessible to everyone.

Your AAA membership will help continue opening the doors on contemporary architecture and raising awareness of the value of design.

Click here to get your AAA Company Membership today. Alternatively, visit the AAA website and learn more about the different membership schemes available to suit your needs.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Living Room - Tusculum House, Potts Point NSW, designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: At Home With the Architect attendees at Tusculum House, Potts Point NSW, designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

AAA Residential Bus Tour To Take Place in August

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Don't miss out on our Winter residential tour which is an all day event where you will be visiting some of the most interesting new and renovated contemporary architecture in the inner west and northern suburbs of Sydney.

Inside the houses you will hear about the design process from the architects and see firsthand the value of good design.

Projects by the following architects: David Boyle Architects; Sam Crawford Architects;Carter Williamson Architects and Mark Szczerbicki Design Studio.

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The day includes a delicious sit down lunch, itinerary, commentary by architects at the houses and coach travel. There will also be the opportunity to talk to some of the architects at the luncheon.

TOUR DETAILS:

Location: Meet Loftus Street, beside Customs House, Circular Quay NSW 2000
Date: Saturday 11 August 2018
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $205 (public) / $190 (AAA Members)

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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Reward Yourself With Company Membership

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The Australian Architecture Association offers small businesses the opportunity to keep opening the doors on architecture through its AAA Company Membership.

Specially tailored to suit small businesses and organisations that employ under 10 staff, there are numerous benefits to be gained for you and your staff, including free walking tours and At Home With the Architect tickets, along with discounts on other AAA talks and events.

Your Company Membership provides the perfect opportunity to organise social events for your staff and promote team building.

Your membership also helps support the continuing operation of the Australian Architecture Association. Our not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to making architecture and design accessible to everyone.

Your AAA membership will help continue opening the doors on contemporary architecture and raising awareness of the value of design.

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $350 Company Membership reward by clicking on the box and then select ‘Purchase the Reward’.

Alternatively, visit the AAA website and learn more about the different membership schemes available to suit your needs.

Reward Yourself With A Gold Pass

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Are you fascinated by contemporary home design? Want to learn firsthand from the architects how some of New South Wales finest homes have been conceived and executed? The At Home Gold Pass 2019 is your opportunity to ensure you never miss out!

An At Home Gold Pass guarantees entry at each open house ‘At Home With the Architect’ event held over 2019. All you need do is select the Gold Pass reward and donate $500 to the AAA ‘Keep Architecture Open’ fundraising campaign. 

Click here to visit the Keep Architecture Open 2018 donation page. Select the $500 At Home Gold Pass For 2019 reward by clicking on the box and then select ‘Purchase the Reward’.

Note: To redeem your ticket to each event over 2019 email the AAA one week prior.

Explore Sydney Observatory With the AAA and MAAS

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Due it's popularity during Sydney Design 2018, the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) and MAAS (the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences) are partnering to present the Sydney Observatory Architecture Tour throughout the remainder of 2018.

THE SYDNEY OBSERVATORY ARCHITECTURE TOUR

In association with MAAS (the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences) the AAA 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

Location: Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort St, Millers Point NSW
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Dates:
Sunday 29 July
Sunday 26 August
Sunday 30 September
Sunday 28 October
Sunday 25 November 2018
Tickets: Adult $30 / Concession $25 / MAAS & AAA Members $25
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.

Don't miss out book now - click here.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: The Sydney Design 2018 tour held in March (Photographer: Annette Dearing)

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Support the AAA Fundraising Campaign

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Dear Friends of AAA,

We're reaching out to our AAA Friends because we are hoping to raise $15,000.

Our amazing group of volunteer tour leaders form the backbone of our Association and it’s 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!

Proceeds will assist us in developing and delivering new tours and events in 2019. With your help, AAA will continue to educate and engage in discussion with the public including school children 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 share this campaign with your friends/colleagues to help spread the word to donate. Click here to donate or claim a reward for your generosity. You can also go to our website www.architecture.org.au and click on the links to donate.

Thank you again in anticipation of your support.

Regards

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Get Your Copy of Home Design Now

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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: Join the The Rocks Tour This Saturday

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It’s time to celebrate all things creative with the annual Sydney Design Festival 2018. Taking place 2-11 March, the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is once again partnering in the festival. Join our final special tour for the Festival - The Rocks tour, taking place this Saturday 10 March.

If you missed out on our Sydney Observatory tours last Saturday, you can still explore the surrounds of Observatory Hill by joining The Rocks tour.

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On this unique two-hour walking tour of Sydney’s oldest suburb, you'll discover 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 by major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the Harbour Bridge. We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new 21st century residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo. See how Barangaroo has been developed and hear about how the architecture shapes the foreshores of the city of Sydney.

TOUR DETAILS

The Rocks Walk developed by the Australian Architecture Association.

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 March 2018
Tickets: Adult $30 / Senior, Student & MAAS Members $25 (ID required to join the walk) / AAA Members Free

Accessibility: Please note the tour encompasses climbing stairs and walking over uneven surfaces.

Numbers are limited, so click here now to book your place on the tour.

ABOUT THE SYDNEY DESIGN FESTIVAL

The Sydney Design Festival 2018 is now in its 20th 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 ‘Call to Action’ and examines how design has a role to play in an ever-changing world and has the potential to solve complex global problems.

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

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Sydney Design Festival 2018 logo (sourced from MAAS)
  • Image 2: The Museum of Contemporary Art (Photographer: Vincent Lam)

The Perfect AAA Membership For Small Business

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Announcing a new Australian Architecture Association Membership, specially tailored to suit small businesses and organisations that employ under 10 staff.

AAA Company Membership will cost $350 annually and there are numerous benefits to be gained for you and your staff, including free walking tours and At Home With the Architect tickets, along with discounts on other AAA talks and events.

Your Company Membership provides the perfect opportunity to organise social events for your staff and promote team building.

Membership helps support the continuing operation of the Australian Architecture Association. Our not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to making architecture and design accessible to everyone.

Your AAA membership will help continue opening the doors on contemporary architecture and raising awareness of the value of design.

Click here to get your AAA Company Membership today. Alternatively, visit the AAA website and learn more about the different membership schemes available to suit your needs.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Living Room - Tusculum House, Potts Point NSW, designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: At Home With the Architect attendees at Tusculum House, Potts Point NSW, designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

Experience the New AAA Walk In Chippendale

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If you missed out on the launch of the Chippendale Walk in March 2018, you will want to consider joining the next tour which takes place on Saturday 30 June.

The inner city urban village of Chippendale is named after William Chippendale who was granted 95 acres of farmland in 1819.

This rapidly gentrifying suburb has a colourful history as an industrial centre. Over its history the suburbs main claim to fame has been its distillery and brewery and reputation as a slum housing prostitutes, rat catchers and nefarious criminal activites.

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Over the 90 minute walk you'll discover some of the suburbs architectural gems, including the Mortuary Railing Station and garden, Spice Alley and Indigo Slam, an amazing residential project by Smart Design Studio.

TOUR DETAILS

Meeting Point: The Halo Sculpture, Chippendale Green (Central Park), O'Connor Street, Chippendale NSW 2008
Date: 10.00am - 11.30am
Time: Saturday 30 June 2018
Tickets: $30 (public) / $25 (Seniors & Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note - concession ticket holders should present their ID on the tour day.

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

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Tour developer Ben Gerstel talks about Indigo Slam - a residence designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: Green facade on One Central Park, building designed by Jean Nouvel (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 3: Tour attendees in front of Indigo Slam - designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

Visit Iron Maiden House by CplusC

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In March we will be visiting a house in the Sydney suburb of Longueville by CplusC Architectural Workshop and Clinton Cole, Managing Director will be leading you through this amazing project.

The CplusC team works collaboratively to deliver expertly detailed, elaborate and sustainable homes for their clients.  Winner of multiple design and construction industry awards, CplusC practice offers both architectural and construction services. The practice believes in wonderful architectural ideas, efficient construction systems, holistic sustainable project development and exceptional value for service. 

The site is afforded views of the Lane Cove River and the Sydney CBD. Iron Maiden House was designed for a family of five. Clinton Cole, said the clients were looking for a home that used passive design principles to heat and cool the building. They weren’t afraid to challenge traditional notions of what a home should and shouldn’t be, requesting a generous connection to the outdoors to enjoy and entertain family and friends.

The elongated, corner site presented an opportunity to explore an atypical typology and form for Iron Maiden House.

The simple shape was extruded lengthways along the site and sliced down the middle with a pond to form a central axis. Slender,cathedral like spaces were formed around this central thoroughfare with ponds running parallel to walkways to connect the spaces. This provides a sheltered private outdoor space for the family to relax and enjoy.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Longueville, 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 March 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Click here and book now before the tour is full!

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  • Images Source: CplusC Architectural Workshop
  • Photographer: Murray Fredericks

 

NSW: AAA Partners in Sydney Design Festival 2018

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It’s time to celebrate all things creative with the annual Sydney Design Festival 2018. Taking place 2-11 March, the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is once again partnering in the festival. Join one of our special tours taking place during the festival.

THE SYDNEY OBSERVATORY TOUR

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In association with MAAS (the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences) the AAA 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 tour 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
Times: 11.00am & 1.30pm
Dates: Sunday 4 March 2018
Tickets: Adult $30 / Concession $25

Click here to book your tickets.

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.

Want to know more about the history of The Rocks and its architecture? Explore the architecture and history of the surrounding areas of the Sydney Observatory on the:

AAA THE ROCKS WALK

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This is a two-hour walking tour of Sydney’s oldest suburb, The Rocks. 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 by major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the Harbour Bridge. We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new 21st century residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo. See how Barangaroo has been developed and hear about how the architecture shapes the foreshores of the city of Sydney.

TOUR DETAILS

The Rocks Walk developed by the Australian Architecture Association.

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 March 2018
Tickets: Adult $30 / Senior, Student & MAAS Members $25 (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 THE SYDNEY DESIGN FESTIVAL

The Sydney Design Festival 2018 is now in its 20th 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 ‘Call to Action’ and examines how design has a role to play in an ever-changing world and has the potential to solve complex global problems.

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

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Sydney Design Festival 2018 logo (sourced from MAAS)
  • Image 2: Sydney Observatory (image sourced from MAAS)

Photographic Review of May's Booked Out Tour

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Image 1: Pavilion adjoining a Queen Anne style residence restored by Jorge Hrdina Architects (Image supplied by Jorge Hrdina Architects).

On Saturday 5 May the sold out AAA Residential Bus Tour, set out from Customs House to explore contemporary design in the Northern Beaches area. Under perfect blue skies tour participants enjoyed exploring the interiors and exteriors of four residential projects designed by Utz Sanby Architects, Drew Heath Architects and Jorge Hrdina Architects.

As a bonus addition to the tour, Drew Heath welcomed the tour at his studio on Careel Bay Marina and offered an insight into how his practice operates and his approach to design through the extensive use of architectural models.

Below are some photographs of what was seen over the day.

HOUSE 1: PALM BEACH HERITAGE

Designed by Utz Sanby Architects.

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Image 2: Duncan Sanby of Utz Sanby Architects, explains how the heritage listed Palm Beach holiday house was restored and reimagined through a series of modern extensions.

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Image 3: A view from the lower level of the residence containing a contemporary addition of living and bedroom spaces facing onto a landscaped pool area.

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Image 4: A luxurious ensuite bathroom at the rear of the house in the contemporary house addition, enjoys spectacular views of Palm Beach.

STUDIO VISIT: CAREEL BAY MARINA

Studio designed by Drew Heath Architects

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Image 5: Drew Heath of Drew Heath Architects discusses how he approached the design of his studio space and explains how he approaches designing through the use of architectural models.

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Image 6: Interior of the Drew Heath Architects studio.

HOUSE 2: AVALON RESIDENCE

Designed by Drew Heath Architects

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Image 7: Avalon residenve - rear living pavilion.

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Image 8: Interior of the Avalon Residence.

HOUSE 3: NARRABEEN RESIDENCE

Designed by Drew Heath Architects

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Image 9: Tour participants outside the garage / studio apartment pavilion that will eventually complement a primary residence.

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Image 10: Drew Heath explains the design of the stages of construction for the property.

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Image 11: Interior of the studio apartment space above garage level.

HOUSE 4: MOSSMAN PAVILION

Designed by Jorge Hrdina Architects

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Image 12: Jorge Hrdina explains how the project incorporated the renovations and restoration of a Queen Anne style residence and addition of a generous poolside pavilion, housing carparking, a wine cellar, living space, visitor accommodations and entertaining spaces - including a rooftop deck.

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Image 13: The exterior of the Pavilion

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Image 14: The exterior of the Queen Anne style  residence.

Thank you to all the architects and their clients for generously opening the doors on some fabulous homes. A great day was had by all!

Keep your eye on upcoming issues of 'All About Architecture' for announcements about the next residential tour. Make sure you book tickets early - otherwise you'll miss out!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Pavilion designed by Jorge Hrdina Architects
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

 

NSW: Visit Tusculum House by Smart Design Studio

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The first Australian Architecture Association 'At Home With The Architect'for 2018, explores a residence designed by Smart Design Studio.

Tusculum House is an exciting renovation and extension of a turn-of-the-century terrace house in Sydney’s Potts Point.

The home focuses on a grand and gracefully spiralling stair that forms the pivotal junction of the old and new parts of the house. The staircase, spanning the width of the building, features delicate fan-like steel treads cantilevered from the central steel post and winding their way past six split levels, offset between the old and new sides of the house. The stair was conceived as the element that grafts the contemporary and new minimal structure to the refined, trimmed and formal older portion of the dwelling.

This house offers extraordinary spaces complemented by confident forms, understated design and exquisite detail so please join us in visiting this amazing house.

ABOUT SMART DESIGN STUDIO

Established in 1997, Smart Design Studio is a multidisciplinary design studio of 40 plus staff offering professional services in architecture and interior architecture and design.

Smart Design Studio’s portfolio includes master-planning for urban centres, public and heritage buildings, multi-unit residential developments, private dwellings, retail and commercial fitouts, as well as product design.

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

As you explore the interiors and exteriors, discover through a conversation with William Smart, how 'Tusculum House' was conceived, designed and built.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Potts Point, 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 18 February 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this private residence, numbers are limited.

Book your place on the tour, click here.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: Interior views of Tusculum House Designed by Smart Design Studio (images source Smart Design Studio)

AAA Launches New Walk In Ultimo

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In June you won't want to miss out on joining the launch of the Australian Architecture Association's newest tour. The Ultimo Walk - developed and led by volunteer tour leader Michael McMullan, takes place on Saturday 2 June.

Colonial settlement of the inner city urban village of Ultimo began in 1803, when 34 acres was granted to surgeon, John Harris, on lands traditionally inhabited by the Gadigal clan of the Eora nation. 

Harris built a grand two storey residence on the property (demolished in 1932) called Ultimo House. Ultimo House remained one of the colony's premier addresses well into the 1890s, while it's surroundings became increasingly industrial in nature including slaughterhouses, rental properties and quarrying operations.

In the 1890s Sydney Technical College was established - putting Ultimo on the cultural map. Twentieth and twenty-first century additions of educational buildings have reinforced Ultimo's reputation as a centre for learning.

Over the two hour walk you'll discover some of the suburbs architectural gems and open spaces, including the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Sydney Technical College (TAFE NSW Sydney Institute), the Powerhouse Museum, and the Goods Line.

TOUR DETAILS

Meeting Point: Powerhouse Museum Forecourt, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Date: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Time: Saturday 2 June 2018
Tickets: $30 (public) / $25 (Seniors & Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note - concession ticket holders should present their ID on the tour day.

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

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Dr Chau Chak Wing Building - UTS Business School, designed by Frank Gehry. (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: Sydney Technical College (TAFE NSW Sydney Institute), designed by government architect William Kemp (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

 

Visit Tathra House by Annabelle Chapman

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This months 'At Home With The Architect' tour, explores a residence designed by Annabelle Chapman.

The Australian Architecture Association invites you to visit 'Tathra' a Victorian terrace house (c1902) in the Sydney suburb of Paddington by architect Annabelle Chapman.

It was substantially altered in the 1970’s with removal of all the internal fabric (staircase, fireplaces, timber windows etc) and additions typical of 1970’s ‘terrace house modern’. Subsequently there was nothing of the original house worth saving, apart from the front and side walls. As the adjacent terraces were altered similarly, the rear secondary sections of the house had no historic references to maintain, giving a generous design scope.

The house is very spacious and connected, feeling unlike a terrace house format, said architect Annabelle Chapman. There is abundant light throughout the house, as well as good breezes and cross ventilation.

ABOUT ANNABELLE CHAPMAN ARCHITECT

Established in 2000, Annabelle Chapman Architect is a small design studio located in Eastern Sydney, that specialises in residential design. Their portfolio of work ranges from small alteration and addition projects through to large new houses.

Principal of the practice, Annabelle Chapman, holds degrees in both Architecture and Interior Design, and has been a Chartered Architect since 1986. Annabelle has over 30 years experience, having worked on Heritage Buildings, Commercial Interiors, small and large scale residential work.

Annabelle's design ethos is centred around the creation of residential spaces that are inspiring, integrate sustainable building practices and provide clients with planning solutions to suit their lifestyle.

Her work has been published in architectural and other publication.

As you explore the interiors and exteriors, discover through a conversation with Annabelle Chapman, how the 'Tathra House' was conceived, designed and built.

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 - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 27 May 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: Interior and exterior views of Tathra House Designed by Annabelle Chapman Architect (images courtesy of Annabelle Chapman Architect)

 

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March - At Home With the Architect Review

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Project: Iron Maiden House by CplusC Architectural Workshop.

Location: Longueville, NSW

In March, as part of AAA’s monthly initiative ‘At Home with the Architect’, we visited Iron Maiden House by CplusC Architectural Workshop. 

A unique project and built form set amidst a suburb known for its traditional large homes, the tour provoked surprise and wonder in attendees once they had passed through the sandstone walls. 

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The client brief for the project was to design and create a home for a family of five, one that was not dissimilar to the subtropical climates of Asia where the family had been residing. The clients wanted to challenge traditional notions of suburban residential design and living in many aspects, in a home that utilised passive design principles to heat and cool the building. The resulting home is spacious and supportive with a connection to the outdoors that is both enviable and awe-inspiring. 

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The tour attendees were guided through the home by Managing Director, Clinton Cole who graciously answered multiple questions about the intricacies of dealing with council on such a unique site and design, architectural detailing, functionality and practicality of living in such an open home. The home is inextricably linked to the outdoors, there is no escaping the changes in the climate with many attendees curious about preventing insects (namely mosquitoes) and the rain from entering the home, and how to maintain the central linear pond that flows from the front gate through the home. 

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The aim of the ‘At Home with the Architect’ tours is to allow attendees to immerse themselves in architecture that is ‘liveable’. It provides a platform to ask those burning questions of the architect and experience buildings and spaces that are often quite different from the traditional notions of the residential design yet equally habitable. 

Stay tuned for next months tour...

  • Article: Trina Kazi
  • Images: Iron Maiden House by CplusC Architectural Workshop (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

NSW: AAA Residential Bus Tour Takes Place May

 

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Secure your place on the first AAA Residential Bus Tour taking place on Saturday 5 May. 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 contemporary Sydney homes and meet their architects, including Drew Heath Architects, Jorge Hrdina Architects and Utz Sanby Architects.

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 5 May 2018
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $195 (public) / $180 (AAA Members)

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now! Click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
    Image: 'Palm Beach House', designed by Utz Sanby Architects (Photographer: Walters Media)

 

NSW: Take A Walk Through Redfern

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When was the last time you visited Redfern? This month is the perfect time to discover the architectural delights of this inner city urban village.

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 March 2018
Tickets: $30 (public) / $25 (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: Vanessa Couzens & AAA tour text
  • Image: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

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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.

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