Discover Sydney's CBD on the Twilight Tour

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Wind down from a day at the office and enjoy an evening stroll, learning about architecture in Sydneys central business district. On Wednesday 23 October, experience the city as it’s wreathed in the glow of twilight.

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

We examine many of the buildings in the Central Business District and trace the development of modernism and the high rise tower. 

From Harry Seidler's iconic Australia Square tower that dominated the cityscape in the late 60's to more recent additions such as Sir Norman Foster's Deutsche Bank and 1 Bligh Street, a 6 Green Star rated office building, the highest rating that can be achieved in Australia under the Green Building Council of Australia's measurement standards for a sustainable building are just some of the buildings you will be visiting.

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

TOUR DETAILS:

Meeting Point: Entrance to Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay NSW 2000
Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Concession) / Free (AAA Members)

Numbers are limited. Click here - to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Image 1: Sydney City Skyline (Photographer: Vincent Lam)
  • Image 2: Australia Square Tower, designed by Harry Seidler (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

This Month @home Visits Waverley

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This month @home visits Kent House, designed by Studio Schelp. Meet architect Manuelle Schelp and experience how the alterations and additions to this terrace home have updated its facilities to better meet the needs of a 21st century lifestyle.

Part of a group of three terraces and located on a narrow block sloping down southwards from the street, the existing house has its major rooms addressing the street, while the ancillary functions are relegated to the back.

The concept was to strip back the existing building to its main core and add a new rear pavilion with internal courtyard to provide northern sun and day light access and cross ventilation to the centre of the new floor plate. Exposed steel portal frames, clad with metal sheeting, defines the shell of the new pavilion.

Internally, a timber shaped structure ‘wanders’ through the double height volume to form the various spaces and their built-in joinery; the kitchen / dining at lower ground, and the living at ground floor.

ABOUT STUDIO SCHELP

Manuelle Schelp is a registered architect in both Switzerland and Australia. She founded her Darlinghurst architecture and interior design practice - Studio Schelp, in 2007.

Studio Schelp delivers design services including concept design, design development, development application, construction documentation, tender, contract administration and services during construction.

Her portfolio of projects is focused predominately in residential design, ranging from single houses to large scale apartment buildings. She has also worked on office, commercial and community projects.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Waverly, 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 October 2019
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Click here and book now before the tour is full!

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Eventbrite Link: 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens & Annette Dearing
  • Images: Kent House House designed by Studio Schelp (Source: Studio Schelp)
  • Photographer: Des Harris

 

In Profile: Alex Zecevic of TTW

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This month All About Architecture features Alex Zecevic, an Associate at Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW), one of the largest independent structural engineering consultant firms in Australia - who have been long time supporters of the AAA as Corporate Members.

Alex is a timber engineering enthusiast and advocate, with over thirteen years experience working in both Australia and the UK – with seven of those years as a proud part of the TTW family.

Passionate about mass timber and hybrid timber design, Alex has become an industry expert and a specialist timber frame engineer. 

By delivering 10+ completed mass timber buildings to date, he brings valuable European market knowledge and construction experience. His current mass timber projects include the 13,000 m2 mass timber building The Bond in Norwest.

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Tell us a little bit about Timber at TTW?

Over the past 20 years, our Timber team has engineered 50+ timber projects such as award-winning Bunjil Place, Seed House and the Incubator Macquarie University.

These achievements are the results of our expertise in designing with timber and utilising cutting-edge technologies while providing a high-level service to our clients.

Amongst undertaking our own research, our engineers are involved in full-scale tests with universities, builders and fabricators, locally and internationally. These tests for structural integrity and fire enable us to deliver efficient, elegant and award-winning designs, while achieving national code compliance.

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Why do you choose Timber?

Firstly, it looks great! there is something incredibly appealing about the warm and natural aesthetic of a nicely detailed timber structure. There is lots of data on its positive impacts on occupant’s wellbeing and productivity.

Secondly, there are proven environmental benefits of using it as a sustainable method for construction. A structure designed in timber instead of concrete or steel would lead to lighter foundation loads, which could lead to smaller concrete foundations (and less carbon) being used. Some of these benefits along with quick construction time and reduced (safer) on site activities are often overlooked in the early stages of comparisons.

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Tell me about the unique and smart ways TTW is putting Mass Timber to use?

We’ve built our expertise through delivering some of the most advanced timber projects, such as Aveo Norwest which was the tallest CLT building at the time in Australia. By continually developing in-house design tools and methods for structural analysis, our integrated services with our advanced analytics and computational design team can very quickly test concepts and ideas in the beginning of a project to design and deliver the most efficient timber buildings. 

When recommending Timber, what are the considerations that should be thought about when choosing Mass Timber for a project?

Fire design and certification is probably one of the hottest topics right now (pun intended) with mass timber construction. The overall fire strategy and design will dictate the approach to the structural design and the detailing of members and connections. Typically, the longer the fire period, the larger your timber sections need to become – an allowance needs to be made for this when considering section sizes and depths. This can all have an impact on the aesthetics. 

Another key consideration is the services reticulation strategy. I recommend designing into the structure and planning service reticulation routes that don’t require large penetrations through beams. The rules around hole sizes through timber beams are not as forgiving as those through steel beams, and therefore much smaller holes through beams can be achieved economically. Any large holes or notches to beams will need to be reinforced with screws, which adds cost into a project

Lastly, where is Mass Timber going in the future, how do you see it influencing our industry?

Overseas, and mainly in Europe, the majority of mass timber projects are engineered with prefabricated façade panels as well as prefabricated timber elements. Pushing the off-site construction envelope will unlock the next evolution in the Australian market for mass timber and design for manufacture and assembly. 

How do we find out more about using Mass Timber on a project? 

TTW or myself are always happy to have a chat over a coffee or give a presentation at your office.

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  • Article: Interview provided by Lydia Piegay Marketing and Events Coordinator TTW
  • Image 1: Alex Zecevic, Associate at TTW
  • Image 2: Visualisation of The Bond in Norwest Business Park, designed by Fitzpatrick + Partners Architects (Image provided by TTW)
  • Images 3: The Seed House, designed by Fitzpatrick + Partners (Image provided by TTW)
  • Images 4: The Seed House, designed by Fitzpatrick + Partners (Photographer: John Gollings)
  • Image 5: Macquarie University Incubator, designed by Architectus (Photographer: Murrary Fredericks)

In Memory of David Edelman

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The Australian Architecture Association would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of David Edelman, who recently passed away.

David was a valued supporter of our organisation and he will be very much missed by all who have had the pleasure of knowing him over the past several years.

IN MEMORY OF DAVID EDELMAN

By Annette Dearing

David Edelman was a founding member of the Australian Architecture Association who supported architecture and the AAA right up until his death on 9 February, 2019.

David was a respected architect who had his own practice in Melbourne and his residential work has been featured in AAA tours.

I knew David for almost 15 years and always enjoyed catching up with him, sharing stories and his passion for architecture which was an inspiration to me and many other others who got to know David attending the residential tours over the years.

David loved attending architecture tours and would always make the journey from Melbourne to either Sydney or the Sunshine Coast to participate in AAA’s residential tours and would say ‘just let me know when the next one is on and I will be there’.

He was always so generous with his positive comments about other architects’ work and always loved seeing and hearing about their design process.

David opened his clients’ amazing homes to AAA tours in both Melbourne and Sydney. I remember when David invited us to visit one of his projects in Melbourne, with only about an hour’s notice, he phoned the client and she agreed to a visit by Vanessa Couzens and I, thanks to David we got to visit an amazing house.

He was enthusiastic and passionate about architecture and supported every AAA Fundraising campaign so more people could enjoy seeing architecture like he had experienced in attending the many residential tours over the years.

He always said, ‘going inside these houses is a great way for the public to understand architecture’.

David’s daughter Bindy, told us that 'her dad loved going on architecture tours and that it was a whole side of his life that brought him so much joy, he was inspired and made many special connections through these tours'.

David was one of the most generous human beings I have known, he will be missed.

David was 73 years old.

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  • Image 1: David Edelman (Image Source: Bindy Edelman)
  • Image 2: David Edelman and images of his Bellevue Hill House, May 2013 AAA Residential Bus Tour (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

Grand Designs Australia On Sale Now

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

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

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

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

 

Final AAA Residential Coach Tour For 2019

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Don't miss out on securing your tickets for the last AAA Residential Coach Tour for 2019.

Taking place Saturday 30 November, this tour promises to provide another fascinating insight into the latest contemporary home design in Sydney.

The tour will showcase the work of the latest upcoming and established architects, such as Annabelle Chapman - whose Mosman House is featured in this email.

TOUR DETAILS

Date: Saturday 30 November 2019
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets: $205 (public) / $190 (AAA Members)

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

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

June's AAA Residential Coach Tour

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AN AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECTURE ASSOCIATION RESIDENTIAL COACH TOUR THROUGH THE EYES OF BEN GERSTEL

 

The last Australian Architecture Association Residential Tour was held on the 22nd of June this year. It was a fabulous all day tour which went from Avalon to Darlinghurst, and covered 5 projects. Everyone had their tastes met in architecture.

On these tours, you meet like-minded people who are interested in contemporary architecture, you make friends and enjoy a fabulous meal plus you get to meet the architects who designed the houses.

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The first house at Avalon was a brand new house designed by a young architect, Angus Wirth, for his parents. Working under Drew Heath and Peter Stutchbury, the house was amazing with some very clever, well thought out ideas. The dominant materials were concrete and timber. He used dowels to lock the sliding doors and when they were open, the dowel was hidden in the door frame.

The next project was a major house renovation in Northbridge by Marston Architects. It turned a 1980’s Tuscan styled house into a contemporary family home with a first floor addition and a large skylight over the aqua front door.

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After a delicious and enjoyable lunch at Martha’s restaurant in Castlecrag, AAA visited 3 more projects. The first for the afternoon was a new house by CHROFI in Balmoral. Highly detailed, making the most of the site and view to Balmoral Beach. The street was architecture heaven with 2 Luigi Rosselli houses and one Clinton Murray / Polly Harbison house.

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Next was a new house by Jorge Hrdina in Seaforth. The site had the most spectacular view to Middle Harbour. The design wrapped itself around the site to maximise the view. This house also utilised a lot of concrete and had a timber truss roof system.

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The last viewing was a tiny 27 square metre apartment in Darlinghurst. It provided a strong contrast to the other houses visited on the tour. Brad Swartz, the architect, managed to include a kitchen, bathroom, living / dining and bedroom spaces all into that tiny area. Everyone was blown away about how clever it was and how you can live quite easily in such a confined space.

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Don’t miss the next AAA residential coach tour which will take place in the Sunshine Coast on the 17th of August 2019 where more exciting houses will be viewed...

Click here to book your place on the next AAA Residential Coach Tour in the Sunshine Coast.

ABOUT BEN GERSTEL

Ben Gerstel is the Vice President of the Australian Architecture Association and runs his practice Ben Gerstel Architecture out of Castlecrag.

He has developed numerous tours for the AAA in Castlecrag, Castle Cove, Middle Cove, Northbridge, McMahons Point, Woollahra, and Chippendale. 

  • Article: Ben Gerstel
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Avalon Residence designed by Angus Wirth
  • Image 2: Architect Angus Wirth talks about his design for an Avalon Residence.
  • Image 3: Pip Marston of Marston Architects talks about the design of a Northbridge Residence.
  • Image 4: Steve Fighera of CHROFI Architects talks about the design of a Mosman Residence.
  • Image 5: Jorge Hrdina of Jorge Hrdina Architects talks about the design of a Seaforth Residence
  • Image 6: Brad Swartz talks about the design of a Darlinghurst Apartment.

Discovered @home - Jase Sullivan

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Over the years At Home has opened the doors on a variety of fabulous architect designed residences, where tour participants get to experience the spaces and talk to the architects and clients about how the houses are designed and constructed.

Tour participants often ask questions about what materials and products have been used in the homes. All About Architecture thought it would be interesting to our readers to focus on some of the people, products and materials we discover at our @home tours.

This month 'Discovered @home' is featuring interior designer Jase Sullivan

Jase collaborated with Clinton Cole of CplusC Architectural Workshop on Welcome to the Jungle House, which was featured in Septembers @home tour.

This is the second home he has worked on for CplusC, both of which have been shortlisted for Best Residential homes in the world at the World Architecture Festivals Awards for 2018 and 2019.

Jase began to pursue his passion for interiors several years ago, after a successful career as an international model. He may also be familiar to some of you already from his television show appearances. He was the winner of Channel 9’s renovation television show, homeMADE in 2009 and has more recently been a host, judge and mentor on 'The Block'.

Over the past several years he has worked with a variety of celebrity clients and collaborated on award winning houses with companies such as Arent & Pyke.

Welcome to the Jungle House features collectable vintage furnishings that have become something of a trademark for Jase's design practice.

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Much of the furniture and lighting selected for Welcome to the Jungle House was imported from Italy and sourced from a vintage furniture supplier in Melbourne. Furniture was selected for practicality and comfort for a family with young children.

Signature lighting pieces, such as the below vintage eyeball floor lamp, add quirky individuality to the spaces and are lovely examples of the functionalist aesthetic of the 60s and 70s, made famous by lighting designers like the American Robert Sonneman and Italians Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni.

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The AAA enjoyed meeting Jase and would like to thank him for taking the time to join Clinton Cole of CplusC at our @home tour of Welcome to the Jungle House. We look forward to seeing more of his work.

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Jase Sullivan at Welcome to the Jungle House, designed by CplusC Architectural Workshop
  • Image 2: Ground floor living room which can be converted into a sleeping space for guests
  • Image 3: Vintage easy chair and eyeball floor lamp in the top floor living space
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

This Month At Home Visits A Ken Woolley Classic

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On Sunday 25 August, 'At Home' invites you to explore a Twentieth Century residence designed by Sydney School architect - Ken Woolley.

Tucked away in Paddington, this white brick modernist house was the winner of the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW) Wilkinson Award for outstanding residential design in the 1980's.

Tone Wheeler, architect and AAA President will talk about Ken Woolley and this iconic award winning house along with architect Milenko who has restored/renovated the Paddington house.

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 25 August 2019
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 & Annette Dearing
  • Image: Paddington House designed by Ken Woolley (Images supplied by Tone Wheeler)

Enjoy A Mid-Week Twilight Tour

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Wind down from a day at the office and enjoy an evening stroll, learning about architecture in Sydneys central business district. On Wednesday 20 March, experience the city as it’s wreathed in the glow of twilight.

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

We examine many of the buildings in the Central Business District and trace the development of modernism and the high rise tower. 

From Harry Seidler's iconic Australia Square tower that dominated the cityscape in the late 60's to more recent additions such as Sir Norman Foster's Deutsche Bank and 1 Bligh Street, a 6 Green Star rated office building, the highest rating that can be achieved in Australia under the Green Building Council of Australia's measurement standards for a sustainable building are just some of the buildings you will be visiting.

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

TOUR DETAILS:

Meeting Point: Entrance to Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay NSW 2000
Date: Wednesday 20 March 2019
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Concession) / Free (AAA Members)

Numbers are limited. Click here - to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Image 1: Sydney City Skyline (Photographer: Vincent Lam)
  • Image 2: Australia Square Tower, designed by Harry Seidler (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

In May - 'At Home' Visits Balmain

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On Sunday 26 May 'At Home' visits 'Balmain Rock', a residence in Balmain, designed by Benn + Penna.

Andrew Benn, Director of Benn + Penna, will talk about the design process and lead you through the alterations and additions to an 1860’s built, sandstone cottage, in the historical precinct of Balmain East.

Benn + Penna's brief was conventionally driven, with a desire for a larger and better-connected family zones to accommodate contemporary living.

A new concrete pavilion is built to the rear containing new kitchen/dining space, as well as bedrooms, bathrooms and a void space. Conceptually, the concrete pavilion is conceived as an augmented duplicate of the existing cottage in scale and hipped roof geometries.

Garden elements are interwoven with the building form, enhancing the experience of space and finding opportunity for light and air to penetrate, despite its narrow perimeters.

As one meanders through Balmain Rock, spaces unfold, providing a rich and interconnected series of spaces for contemporary living.

ABOUT BENN + PENNA

Benn + Penna is a small award winning practice offering services in architecture and interior design.

Based in Pyrmont and Palm Beach, the firm specialises in residential alterations and new houses, along with small-to-medium scale commercial fitouts and public spaces.

The application of sustainable design to their projects ensures that their buildings carefully respond to the seasons, blending inside and out with an abundance of natural light and ventilation, and materials selected for low environmental impact and longevity.

Before setting up his own architectural practice in 2012, Director, Andrew Benn, worked within some of the most highly regarded architectural offices in Australia and abroad, including the renowned Dutch office of UN Studio in Amsterdam, and the Sydney offices of Engelen Moore and BVN.

Andrew Benn regularly contributes articles on architecture and design to the national home renovation magazine InsideOUT.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Balmain East NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 26 May 2019
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Balmain Rock, designed by Benn + Penna (Photographs: Supplied by Benn + penna)

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 24 March 2019
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)

In Review: At Home With CplusC

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THE JUNGLE HOUSE COMES TO LIFE IN BACKSTREET DARLINGTON
By Deborah Singerman

The Sunday morning was glorious, with sun, a slight wind and the promise of an insider’s account of a corner house in Darlington within a typical inner-city Sydney network of streets.

Welcome to the Jungle House, three levels plus a flourishing roof garden, with upright plants like sentinels jutting out of the rooftop.

One reason the architect, Clinton Cole of CplusC Architectural Workshop, liked the site so much was because its orientation guarantees it gets whatever sun there is from morning through to late afternoon. Its outlook too, taking in the tree canopies of surrounding properties, appealed to him.

He is also the owner-occupier and has lived around the area for nearly 30 years, walking past the building every day first as a student. He values the strong emotional attachment. “If you are buying a property it has to feel right,” he says.

The original spackled, rendered masonry façade had cultural and streetscape significance. As Cole’s design statement says, “it was in the local heritage conservation area typified by late Victorian row terrace housing and post-industrial warehouse conversions.”

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The two-storey shop top house was in disrepair and close to collapse, he remembers. Its radical reconstruction (adding among other things steel, timber and greenery inside and outside) was managed under heritage controls even though the existing building was initially incorrectly listed as a contributing heritage item.

This led to months of rework and submission of a new development application (DA) to Council following advice from a heritage architect and a structural engineer. To Cole’s exasperation, “the total assessment time for the DA and the modifications was 412 days. This is a preposterously long time. In my view, many Council planners treat plans from professional, reputable architects like sport.” 

However, he does not regret persevering with the project. The house took two years to build. There is a new addition to the original northern façade, according to the statement signalled by “a black photovoltaic panel array harnessing the sunlight throughout the day and contrasting with the original rendered heritage façade”. 

Sustainability measures were always factored into the budget, Cole says. He leveraged the Sustainable Sydney 2030 program designing to reduce energy, water and waste, with elements such as solar panels, LED lighting and a rooftop constructed of steel planter beds, which provide deep soil for native plants and fruit and vegetables (carrots, cabbages, tomatoes, broad beans spring onions and the like).

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The garden beds are irrigated from the mid-level fishpond with silver perch creating nutrient rich water (the perch are edible). A beehive is up there too (honey expected in a year). He admits the additional scope added costs “but the physical, emotional and lifestyle value we receive from these decisions far outweighs the cost (and these are reduced by the lower operating costs as well).

Spatial planning considerations mean that a spiral stair joins the three levels (plus rooftop), which I climbed tredidatiously (a bad bout of cellulitis a few years ago played havoc with my right leg) but the AAA crowd scampered up and down. As they did the narrow ladder to the roof garden.

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The ground floor living room, mind you, converts into a bedroom (in deference to Cole’s shoulder surgery a while back). Natural light floods the spaces, with a fully operable glass inner skin and banks of louvres throughout.

A corridor runs from the top of the first staircase. There are two bedrooms (beds and bunk beds and lots of robust storage made of black plywood) and a main bedroom. a bathroom and laundry. The Corian tub and long-spouted tap running from the ceiling were big successes.

The second storey has kitchen down one side, assembled from an array of machined and polished metals (and a recycled timber island/dining bench) contrasting with the concrete and timber finishes of the floors below. There are also crumpled sofas from Italy and recycled timber tables, their solid presence softened by round edges (mindful of children).

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Jase Sullivan, the interior designer, has worked with Cole before and his love of “collectable vintage furnishings in a modern, contemporary setting” is well-demonstrated, the top floor in particular oozing an aged dignity.

Cole’s wife Hanne, who is the office manager, and their three children, Chilli (7), Nina (6) and Mack (1), live there. They love it, he says. “We can all be together when we want, and yet also have our own space.”

And there’s a large plasma screen for those collective times when, guess what, they watch the footie together.

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 offers 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
  • Image 1: Welcome to the Jungle House, designed by CplusC Architectural Workshop. View of the rear extension at night (Photographers: Michael Lassman and Ryan Ng)
  • Image 2: The spackled, rendered masonry façade conceals floating planting beds and a fishpond which provides nutrient rich water created by the edible silver perch (fish), to the rooftop garden.
  • Image 3: Clinton Cole on the rooftop talking about the edible garden and his native bees.
  • Image 4: The spiral staircase that links together all the levels of the home.
  • Image 5: The Kitchen / living space on the top level of the home.
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

AAA Sunshine Coast Tour Takes Place August

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

Taking place Saturday 17 August, this years tour promises to provide another fascinating insight into the latest contemporary home design in Queensland.

Once again the Australian Architecture Association will showcase the work of the latest upcoming Queensland architects, along with past tour favourites, such as Bark Design ArchitectsRobinson Architects and John Mainwaring.

TOUR DETAILS

Date: Saturday 17 August 2019
Time: 9.30am - 5.45pm
Tickets: $205 (public) / $190 (AAA Members)

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

The AAA recommends you book your accommodation in Noosa and flights early. When arranging departures - The AAA recommends that you book an evening flight on Sunday so you'll have time to explore the delights of the region.

Numbers are limited, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images 1 & 2: 'Seaview II' Sunshine Beach QLD, designed by Bark Architects (Image source: Bark Architects)

Last Days of the AAA Fundraising Campaign

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We are in the final days of the Australian Architecture Association's annual Keep Architecture Open fund Raising campaign. This is your last chance to enjoy one of the fabulous rewards we have on offer for your generous donation.

As a not for profit organisation, run predominately by a group of committed volunteers, the AAA depends on the support of our members and the wider community of design enthusiasts to meet our operational costs for continuing to open the doors on architecture.

We are passionate about promoting and educating people about the value of architecture and design. We believe that the more you know and appreciate about design, the greater your say in the way our environment is shaped for the better.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE AAA?

You can simply donate to our campaign by clicking here.

Or you can enjoy a variety of rewards for your generosity.

For instance check out the rewards listed below, which are just some of the great ways we would like to thank you for your continued support.

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Give the gift of books to someone you love.

Enjoy a $ 150 voucher to use at The Architect’s Bookshop in Surry Hills.

Located on Crown Street in Surry Hills, this bookstore is the ultimate retail destination for architects, designers and design enthusiasts.

In addition to your gift voucher, you will also receive two tickets to either the AAA Ultimo Walk or Chippendale Walk.

Follow the instructions below to claim this reward.

 

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Enjoy a private tour led by local architect Ben Gerstal for up to four people to a contemporary house in Castlecrag by Engelen Moore. 

The discreet street presence disquises the proportions and design of the house, however, upon entry, three connected pavilions are revealed, creating courtyards in between. You will see the use of ‘the pod’ celebrated in bright red in contrast to the neutral and natural surroundings. 

Available dates and time:

  • 3pm Saturday 12 October 2019
  • 3pm Saturday 19 October 2019, OR
  • 3pm Saturday 2 November 2019

Follow the instructions below to claim this reward.

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Reward yourself with an original artwork by Australian print artist Craig Couzens.

‘Metropolis I’ is a collagraph print that 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.

Craig Couzens is a 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, 2018 and an upcoming solo exhibition on 25 October 2019. 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 3 (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 = Artist proof

 

HOW TO CLAIM A REWARD

To claim one of our rewards click here to visit our Keep Architecture Open 2019.

Scroll down the page to see what rewards are currently on offer.

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With your help - we look forward to reaching our target of $12000.

In March - 'At Home' Visits Castlecrag

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On Sunday 31 March 'At Home' visits the 'Sugarloaf House' in Castlecrag, designed by Ellen Woolley Architects.

Designed for a family and their menagerie of pets, the Castlecrag home has been carefully designed to work to the contraints of the sites challenging topography and surrounding environment.

It sits on a narrow platform, between two close coupled cliffs front and back, and is further penned in on both sides by long large houses. The first cliff is just behind the front street boundary. The second cliff, to their rear garden and beyond, is to the bushland. This communal backyard slips down to a small creek and onto Harold Reid Reserve’s stunning lower north shore ecology. In the centre of their garden sits a monumental Angophora, surrounded by the daily work of the owner, a local bee keeper.

The house pursues a civic social purpose. From the public street front it breaks the previously continuous street frontage wall twice

First it offers both a green plateau (roof garden) that reveals Harold Reid’s bushland. Second it carves out a central void down to the sandstone bedrock heart that is the narrow platform the house sits on, allowing the passer-by to connect from the earth, to the framed Angophora beyond and up to the sky through the house’s heart. This can be screened at the owners’ discretion for greater privacy.

So there is a spatial flow created through the heart of the home, onto its natural bedrock base and out to the bushland. This does two things. It directly connects us to the natural context, but it also allows for central ‘landscape room’ focus with the house being able to ‘turn its back’ to the two side boundaries and create a private light filled oasis for every inhabited room (bar the ‘bee’ one that necessitates complete removal). And so whilst the house on one hand is centexturally responsible, it has concurrently a very intimate and private interior. These co-exiting intents unite in the aim to ameliorate and even improve our interference with nature and tries to better connect us to this remarkable ecology and landscape in a more mindful way.

The construction is essentially two giant ‘esky’ pavilions (polyisocyanurate) clad in long life thermal mass (concrete), with literally the bedrock earth in the middle. The stair folds, like filigree, across this void.

ABOUT ELLEN WOOLLEY ARCHITECTS

Ellen Woolley established her private practice, Ellen Woolley Architects in the early 2000s. The small studio, operating out of Castlecrag, specialises in residential architecture.

Their projects are often found on challenging sites, working with bushfire, extreme topographies, environmental conservation, sustainability and heritage.

The practices portfolio of single homes and alterations and additions, has been recognised through industry awards and has been featured in published anthologies on Australian Architecture and digital publications.

Ellen is also an active member of the Australian architecture community, taking part as a juror in NSW Institute of Architecture awards and as a writer about architects and architecture in publications such as ArchitectureNow.

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 31 March 2019
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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

  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Sugarloaf House, designed by Ellen Woolley Architects
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

Restoration Australia Searching For Projects

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The ABC’s hugely popular TV series Restoration Australia is searching for passionate homeowners who are ready to embark upon a heritage restoration, or the historic preservation of their home.

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Click here - to visit the Restoration Australia website and get more details.

  • Image Source: Fremantle Media

Support the AAA Fundraising Campaign

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Support the Australian Architecture Association's annual Keep Architecture Open fund Raising campaign.

As a not for profit organisation, run predominately by a group of committed volunteers, the AAA depends on the support of our members and the wider community of design enthusiasts to meet our operational costs for continuing to open the doors on architecture.

We are passionate about promoting and educating people about the value of architecture and design. We believe that the more you know and appreciate about design, the greater your say in the way our environment is shaped for the better.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE AAA?

You can simply donate to our campaign by clicking here.

Or you can enjoy a variety of rewards for your generosity.

For instance check out the rewards listed below, which are just some of the great ways we would like to thank you for your continued support.

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Enjoy online learning about architecture and design with eClassroom.

With your eClassroom CPD Voucher can choose from over 120 formal online continuing professional development (CPD) courses and packages up to the value of $250.

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Hardson High Pressure Cleaning can help you refresh the look of your home with a House soft wash and/or pressure cleaning of hard surfaces to the value of $ 500.

 

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This rare 400 page hardcover illustrated book is still sealed in its original plastic wrapping and is a great investment for your architectural library.

 

HOW TO CLAIM A REWARD

To claim one of our rewards click here to visit our Keep Architecture Open 2019.

Scroll down the page to see what rewards are currently on offer.

Click on the offer you want and then click on the link called: Purchase this Reward.

 

Thank you
With your help - we look forward to reaching our target of $12000.

This Month At Home Visits Darlington

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This month At Home visits 'Welcome to the Jungle House', an inner city residence recently shortlisted for the 2019 World Architecture Festival.

Situated in Darlington, an inner-city heritage conservation area typified by late Victorian row terrace housing and post-industrial warehouse conversions, the home was designed to celebrate the Sydney climate and push the boundaries of sustainable living.

Meet the architect Clinton Cole, Managing Director of CPlusC Architectural Workshop and learn about how the home was designed, as you explore its interiors and exteriors.

The Jungle House story begins with the purchase of a two-storey shop top house in disrepair and close to collapse, occupying a 90sqm triangular site.

The original spackled rendered masonry façade had cultural and streetscape significance to the local heritage conservation area and its necessary reconstruction was managed under strict heritage controls.

A black photovoltaic panel array signals the new addition to the original northern façade, harnessing sunlight throughout the day, acting as a billboard for the sustainability attributes of the architecture and starkly contrasting the original rendered heritage facade.

Design Statement exerpt by Clinton Cole, director of CplusC Architectural Workshop, "Le Corbusier famously said almost 100 years ago, that 'A house is a machine for living in'. If we are to survive the next 100 years a house must be 'a machine for sustaining life' and it must promote those values in its architectural expression to the public who largely consume architecture through the media where image is everything.

The rooftop is constructed of steel planter beds which provide deep soil for native plants and fruit and vegetables. The garden beds are irrigated from the fishpond providing nutrient rich water created by the edible silver perch (fish).

ABOUT CPLUSC ARCHITECTURAL WORKSHOP

Architect and builder, Clinton Cole, founded CplusC Architectural Workshop in 2005.

Based in Darlington, the practice specialises in the design and construction of expertly detailed, luxurious and sustainable homes.

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

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Darlington, 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 22 September 2019
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)
Note: Early bird tickets are available up Sunday 15 September 2019.

Click here and book now before the tour is full!

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In Focus: AAA Woollahra Walk

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Explore the architecture of Woollahra on the AAA Woollahra Walk - Saturday 9 February.

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

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

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

TOUR DETAILS:

Meeting Point: Phoenix Hotel (outside front entrance), 1 Moncur Street, Woollahra NSW 2025
Date: Saturday 9 February 2019
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Concession) / Free (AAA Company Members)

Don't miss out on joining the tour. Click here and book now!

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Woollahra House 11, designed by Grove Architects
  • Image 2: Littlemore House, by Glenn Murcutt
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

Join the AAA On A Walk In Chippendale

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Join the AAA on a walk through the architecture of Chippendale. The next Chippendale Walk takes place on Saturday 21 September 2019.

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 21 September 2019
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)

Insight: Working With An Architect

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Are you thinking about building a new home or renovating? Wondering what it's like to work with an architect? AAA Vice president and registered architect Ben Gerstel gives you an insight into the process.

WORKING WITH AN ARCHITECT
By Ben Gerstel

Architects through their degree, training and experience make people’s lives better by designing and improving the spaces they live in by making them more inviting to enjoy.

The common fallacy is that architects cost a lot. Yes, there are fees to engage an architect, but the architect has been engaged to provide a service to meet a client’s brief. A professional architect works within a client’s budget.

The best way to find an architect is to speak to friends who have had a successful relationship and build with their architect. Or, by having a look around your suburb for projects that visually appeal to you so then you can find out who the architect was.

The journey with an architect in creating your design solution is not something that happens overnight. There are stages the architect and client work through.

A productive architect at an initial meeting with the client will do a walkthrough of the existing house and suggest ideas the clients may not have thought of and that will improve and benefit the spaces. The architect will ask for a brief and indicative budget from the clients.

Difficult questions should be asked at the initial meeting which can clarify the client’s mind exactly how they want to approach their design, such as:

  • Is this a long or short term house?
  • Is the house in the right location for work and schools?
  • Is the family unit complete, for example, no more children?
  • In the future, will there be a home office, so a space is allowed for this?
  • Is this the house to spend the money on?

It’s wise for clients to obtain a 10.7 Certificate from Council prior purchasing a property which states what you can do on the site and highlights items like if the site is located in a conservation area, a flood prone or bushfire prone site.

The usual process for an architect when they have been engaged by a client (after the client accepts the architect’s fee proposal and have signed a client / architect agreement) is to produce a drawing of the existing house and suggest to the clients to engage a registered surveyor to produce a detailed survey of their site.

A survey indicates the lay of the land through levels, site features, utilities, neighbouring properties, site area etc. These two plans enable the architect to start designing to the clients brief.

The usual stages of an architect’s works are as follows:

Design: 

Where the architect interprets the client brief, work with Council controls, for example, Council’s development and local environment plans. These documents state factors which have to be complied with ie. floor and landscaped areas, height limits and how much of the site can be developed.

Detailed Design and Development:

The design is developed including input from consultants like a structural engineer

Development Application Lodgement:

This is where plans are lodged to gain approval from either Council or if the design complies with a Complying Development Certificate. These are the two avenues for approval.

Documentation:

The architect amasses a tender package where all items are detailed to go out to tender to builders. For example:

Large scale plans, electrical layouts, reflected ceiling plans, bathroom, kitchen, laundry details, construction details and a specification.

Selective Tendering:

This is where builders are selected to provide a price on the tender package. The builders have been selected by either recommendations from the client or the architect has used them before. They can be checked at the Department of Fair Trading to see they have a valid builder’s license. All builders are pricing on the same tender package.

Contract Administration:

A builder has been selected, contracts are signed between the clients and the builder and the architect administers the contract through site meetings, builder’s claims and progress certificates.

Practical Completion:

The project is finished and everyone is happy with their beautiful, architect designed house.

  • Article: Ben Gerstel
  • Image: Ben Gerstel with tour participants on the Castlecrag walking tour
  • Photographer: Annette Dearing

AWS Supports the AAA

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The Australian Architecture Association would like to thank our sponsor Architectural Window Systems (AWS) for their support.

ABOUT AWS

Architectural Window Systems (AWS) is one of Australia’s largest aluminium window and door suppliers, with a reputation as leaders in the development and supply of high performance aluminium window and doors through innovation and market research.

The organisation designs, tests, extrudes, finishes and supplies the components which make up an aluminium window or door system under the Vantage Aluminium Joinery and Elevate™ Aluminium Systems brands.

The components of their systems are supplied to a nationwide network of fully trained, equipped and licensed manufacturers. These manufacturers have been selected for their ability to provide only the highest quality of product manufacture, ensuring the ongoing performance and integrity of our systems.

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AWS assists their manufacturers by providing technical, marketing, sales, IT and manufacturing support. They have developed a number of industry specific tools to assist their network in costing, purchasing, inventory and manufacturing.

The AWS product range is recognised as being the largest available in Australia and is considered technically impressive. In line with its commitment to product development, AWS introduce new products each year and upgrade the existing product range on a regular basis.

CLICK HERE to visit the AWS website.

  • Image 1: Bluff Farm house designed by Richard Cole,
    features windows and doors from the Series 704 SlideMASTER™ and Series 525 LouvreMASTER™
    (Image Source: AWS Projects)
  • Image 2: Valley House, designed by Sparks Architects
    features a range of Vantage and Elevate™ Aluminium Systems
    (Image Source: AWS Projects)

Join the AAA On A Walk In Chippendale

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Join the AAA on a walk through the architecture of Chippendale. The next Chippendale Walk takes place on Saturday 17 August 2019.

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 17 August 2019
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)

Natspec Supports the AAA

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The Australian Architecture Association would like to thank our sponsor Natspec for their continuing support over 2019.

ABOUT NATSPEC

NATSPEC is a national not-for-profit organisation that is owned by the design, build, construct and property industry through professional associations and government property groups. NATSPEC’s objective is to improve the construction quality and productivity of the built environment through leadership of information.

For over forty years, NATSPEC has been delivering the national, comprehensive construction specification system endorsed by government and professional bodies.

NATSPEC, the National Building Specification, is for all building structures with specialist packages for architects, building designers, interior designers, landscape architects, structural engineers, service engineers and domestic owners.

AUS-SPEC is the Local Government specification system for the life-cycle management of assets.

NATSPEC maintains the National Classification System to assist specification writers organise the content of specifications, and their users to find the information they need.

NATSPEC is also responsible for the National BIM Guide and its associated documents.

NATSPEC is the preferred specification system for major building professionals and is endorsed by Government departments, contractors, consultants and architects.

CLICK HERE to visit the Natspec website.

  • Image 1: Natspec Construction Information website

Last Chance to book Iconic Buildings Talk on the Salk Institute

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Don't miss out on early Bird ticket prices which end this Monday at 10am (AEST), for the second talk in the AAA 'Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century' series, taking place this week on Thursday 8 August 2019. Hosted by Brickworks Studio, you will be enthralled as Tone Wheeler, architect and President of the Australian Architecture Association, reveals the story of how the iconic building - the Salk Institute, designed by American architect Louis Kahn, was conceived and executed.

SALK INSTITUTE

Louis Kahn’s mid century buildings are enigmas.

Architecture students wonder what the fuss is about: the austere highly geometric forms, the starkness, the unyielding formality.

The rigorous texts that accompany the works and Kahn’s reputation as a great teacher don’t seem reflected in the buildings. And then on a visit their ‘first Kahn' their attitude reverses: these are the greatest works of architecture of the 20th C. 

They become devotees and almost religious proselytisers for the buildings, which only adds to the confusion for those who haven’t ‘accepted the religion of Kahn’. 

This talk cuts through the rhetoric to explain, in greatly illustrated detail, the ideas, the experiences, and ultimately the extraordinary humanity that this building in particular exhibits. Tone has visited the building several times (and many other Kahn buildings), and believes that an enthusiastic study of the building can convey the power of the architecture without the costs of a visit.

TALK 2 DETAILS: SALK INSTITUTE

Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 8 August 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Salk Institute Talk.

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The third and final talk in the series will focus on Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers' Centre Pompidou.

CENTRE POMPIDOU

The most visited building in Paris, in a city that boasts the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and the Musee du Quai Branly. In fact the most popular museum in the world!

So everyone knows the Centre Pompidou, colloquially known as Beaubourg, right? Wrong, and more than most could believe.

In this talk we go back to the competition (Tone has a copy of the original brief) and look at the ideas of the time.

Did you know that a now well-known Australian architect came second? And what bought Renzo Piano from Italy and Richard Rogers from London together to create a building that many believe is a turning point in Modernism?

Not just an ‘inside-out’ building, not just a great place to see Paris, and not just a backdrop to the most lively space in Paris, it is a formative work of art, a tour-de-force of architecture.

Come and hear the background to this extraordinary building that will give you a completely different perspective on this great site.

TALK 3 DETAILS: CENTRE POMPIDOU

Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Centre Pompidou Talk.

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens / Tone Wheeler
  • Image 1: The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, designed by Louis Kahn
  • Image 2: Centre Georges Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers
  • Images: Supplied by Tone Wheeler

Thank You to Our Supporters and Volunteers

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Over 2019 the Australian Architecture Association has opened the doors on a host of fabulous architect designed buildings and delighted in sharing our love of architecture and design through our talks series and walking tours.

We would like to send out our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful architects, designers and clients who, over this year, have kindly shared their spaces and their knowledge with AAA tour and talk attendees.

We would also like to thank our generous supporters who donated to our annual Keep Architecture Open - operations fundraiser. Your contributions are invaluable to meeting our not for profit organisations annual administration costs.

The AAA could not function without our fantastic volunteers who lead our tours, undertake research and write articles about architecture and design. We appreciate their tireless enthusiasm for sharing their passion!

We look forward to welcoming you all next year at our talks and on our tours and walks.

CLICK HERE to visit our website and plan your next architectural walking tour taking place during Sydfest 2020.

Have a very merry, safe and healthy Christmas and New Year season.

This Month At Home Visits Lindfield

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On Sunday 21 July, 'At Home' invites you to explore Quilters House, a residence designed by Bijl Architecture.

The Quilters House, nestled in Sydney's north shore suburb of Lindfield, is a renewed heritage home with a sympathetic yet artful architectural intervention.

From the very first meeting with their clients, Bijl saw that detail, craft and quilting were an important part of their everyday lives. This insight formed the foundations for the project brief and design approach - to expand and re-establish the home with painstaking care through the lens of quilting’s visual language – pattern, form, grid, line, and layers.

By blending traditional and contemporary patterns, proportions, materials and textures, the Quilters House refreshes a heritage home to the street, and absolutely transforms it to the rear through thoughtful intermeshing and layering of old with new.

You won't want to miss out on early bird tickets - so book before Monday 14 July.

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: Lindfield, 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 21 July 2019
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: Quilters House designed by Bijl Architecture (Images supplied by Bijl Architecture)
  • Photographer: Kris Martyn

In Review: AAA Sydney City Walk

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UNCOVERING SYDNEY CITY ON A WALK THROUGH THE AGES
By Deborah Singerman

On one of those unexpectedly cold April mornings after days of heat (I rued wearing shorts), the variety and perspectives of this city walk kept me on my chilly toes. Four of us, including guide Hong Nguyen, a University of New South Wales architecture graduate, wandered around the top end of town, starting at Customs House in Circular Quay and ending up at the museum of Sydney.

The other two tour participants have been on several AAA walks (and, keen as, were going on the Redfern walk the next day). Nguyen said her groups often consisted of locals taking along interstate and international friends. The tours mix of historical buildings and places, a sandstone stretch, and some of our major modern office blocks and plazas, are a good instruction to Sydney.

Having discovered that the designated site for penal settlement of New South Wales (NSW) further south at Botany Bay did not have a reliable fresh water supply nor secure anchorage, whereas Sydney Cove offered both, this is where official possession of NSW occurred. (The freshwater creek became known as the Tank Stream.)

The shore base (at the Rocks, which we did not visit) is where goods and people started to arrive until another spot with a perfectly clear view of ships arriving, took precedence. The magnificent heritage-listed, classical revival colonial building, a Customs House before Federation, has had storeys added to the original three, a look based on London’s Customs House. It has also had function changes including state government departments, cultural events rooms (such as the former customs’ shopfront, the Barnet Long Room named after colonial architect James Barnet who added a balustrade colonnade to the building in 1885), and a thriving City of Sydney-council owned cultural centre, with a top bar and stunning views. We did not visit this on a Saturday morning but peered down to the glass-roofed ground floor model of Sydney, which is regularly updated to reflect the city’s changes.

We walked up Loftus Street and Bent Street taking in public buildings such as the original Department of Lands building, designed by Barnet, built in different stages, and lined with detailed statues but not as many as hoped for because the money ran out during the 1880s Depression. Sensibly, the map room was on the top floor to benefit from any daylight (no floor-to-ceiling windows in those days).

For a change of mood and landscape, we passed Bert Flugelman’s 1979 controversial, modernist sculpture, en route to Australia Square, the first of the Harry Seidler towers Nguyen described (and enjoyed). She left us in no doubt that the Viennese-born architect had a tremendous influence on the city. 

Modernist, practical, bold, and with his visionary client, Lend Lease founder Dick Dusseldorp, an active force, from 1967 onwards Seidler stamped the footprint with his love of open spaces, European-style piazzas, raised steps, outside seating areas with bright umbrellas, and circular concrete skyscrapers, using fast-working formwork, with clever use of beams and columns, and a street setback to reduce gloomy outlooks and wind tunnels. 

At 50 storeys high, Australia Square was Sydney’s tallest building and the world’s tallest reinforced concrete structure. We also passed by the MLC Centre, and its prominent street setback and plaza, and later on, the more concealed, No 9 Castlereagh Street, an office with a light, airy outlook, strong structure and striking glass work. 

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A saunter through Angel Place, at that time of day empty, and we were able to see the paving describing the birds in the cages above, now extinct or endangered, with their forgotten songs appropriately tweeting (in the best sense of the word) near the City Recital Hall.

Up steps from Angel Place to 4 Martin Place, an entree to the grand open space of Martin Place, with different shades of paving showing the various time scales of its development. The late 19th century GPO (General Post Office) sandstone building, designed under Barnet’s guidance, was said to be the grandest building in the Southern Hemisphere, and its scale and grandeur are still breathtaking. The carvings below the underhangs, alone, are something to behold.

No longer a post office, the GPO is a cornucopia of dining and leisure and hotel linkages, and its heritage-listed facade is an arresting sight. Another moving sight is embedded in the paving itself, Reflection, remembering the Lindt Café victims, Tori Johnson with hydrangeas and sunflowers for Katrina Dawson.

Nguyen finally brought the group to much newer but, in their own way, just as important built contributions to the city: 

1 Bligh Street (Ingenhoven Architects of Germany and Architectus of Australia), circular, free-standing, at the end of a block, with views galore and top Green Star-rated energy-efficiency, recycled water, solar and chilled beam thermal comfort, masses of natural light, and an external vertical garden; 

the Renzo Piano-designed commercial and residential Aurora Place, with wintergardens with an operable louvre façade, and distinctive customised terracotta panelling; and 

the Museum of Sydney, on the site of the first Government House, which, among other things, embeds displays of the original foundations and outside, has a cluster of Janet Laurence-designed poles representing 29 Aboriginal clans, and a wall, grading from rough sandstone at the bottom to smooth at the top, a low-key but effective way to ponder on the meaning of taking the rough with the smooth.

You too can discover Sydneys CBD on the AAA's next Sydney City Walk on Saturday 8 June.

TOUR DETAILS:

Location: Meet outside the Customs House entrance, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, NSW 2000 
Date: Saturday 8 June 2018
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Concession) / Free (AAA Members and Company Members)

Click here to secure your tickets for the tour.

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 offers 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
  • Image 1: Australia Square Tower, designed by architect Harry Seidler
  • Image 2: Forgotten Songs sound installation by artist Michael Thomas Hill and research scientist Dr. Richard Major

Last Chance to Book Novembers AAA Residential Coach Tour

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Don't miss your last chance to secure your tickets for the final Australian Architecture Association Residential Coach Tour for 2019.

Taking place Saturday 30 November, this tour promises to provide a fascinating insight into the latest contemporary home design in Sydney.

Once again the Australian Architecture Association will showcase the work of both established and upcoming architects, including:

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TOUR DETAILS

Date: Saturday 30 November 2019
Time: 9.15am - 5.15pm
Tickets: $205 (public) / $190 (AAA Members)

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

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

 

Last Chance to Book AAA Sunshine Coast Tour

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Time is running out to secure your tickets for one of the AAA's most popular tours - the Sunshine Coast Residential Coach tour. Taking place on Saturday 17 August, you won't want to miss out on this unique opportunity to explore some of Queenslands contemporary residential architecture. 

Once again the Australian Architecture Association will showcase the work of established and upcoming Queensland architects, such as:

CLARE DESIGN

Meet Lindsay Clare of Clare Design and explore the private residence 'Perwillowen House'.

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HOLLINDALE MAINWARING ARCHITECTURE

Meet architect John Mainwaring of Hollindale Mainwaring Architecture and explore 'Vida', a medium density low rise residential development by Stockland in North Lakes.

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BARK DESIGN ARCHITECTS

Meet Lindy Atkin and Stephen Guthrie, directors of Bark Design Architects as you experience 'Seaview II', a private residence at Sunshine Beach.

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TOUR DETAILS

Date: Saturday 17 August 2019
Time: 9.30am - 5.45pm
Tickets: $205 (public) / $190 (AAA Members)

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

Numbers are limited, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1 & 2: Perwillowen House, designed by Clare Design (Image Source: Clare Design)
  • Image 3 & 4: 'Vida', a Stocklands development in North Lakes, designed by Hollindale Mainwariing Architecture (Image source: John Mainwaring)
  • Images 5 & 6: 'Seaview II' Sunshine Beach QLD, designed by Bark Architects (Image source: Bark Architects)

Give Yourself a Christmas Gift of AAA Membership

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Are you looking for ideas for Christmas gifts? Or looking to reward yourself and your staff for another successful year? An Australian Architecture Association membership is the perfect gift!

We have a variety of membership options:

  • Individual Membership: starting at $165 - with discounts for seniors and students 
  • Company Membership, perfect for companies or organisations with fewer than 10 staff - costing $350 annually
  • Tiered Corporate Membership, starting at $1100 annually

Click here to visit the AAA Membership page and learn more about the fantastic benefits of joining the architecture community.

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Just a few of the highlights of membership include:

  • Free tickets to AAA architectural walking tours
  • Discounts on tickets to popular tours like @home and AAA Residential Coach tours
  • Discounts on AAA Talks
  • For Company and Corporate members promotion of your services and products

Your gift of a AAA membership will help continue opening the doors on contemporary architecture and raising awareness of the value of design to enriching our built environment.

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: The Walk Through Time Tour
  • Image 2: The Ultimo Walking Tour
  • Image 3: At Home With the Architect attendees at Tusculum House, Potts Point NSW, designed by Smart Design Studio (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century Talks - Salk Institute

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On Thursday 8 August 2019, don't miss the second talk in the AAA 'Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century' series. Hosted by Brickworks Studio, you will be enthralled as Tone Wheeler, architect and President of the Australian Architecture Association, reveals the stories of how three iconic buildings were conceived and executed. The second talk focuses on Louis Kahn's Salk Institute.

SALK INSTITUTE

Louis Kahn’s mid-century buildings are enigmas.

Architecture students wonder what the fuss is about: the austere highly geometric forms, the starkness, the unyielding formality.

The rigorous texts that accompany the works and Kahn’s reputation as a great teacher don’t seem reflected in the buildings. And then on a visit their ‘first Kahn' their attitude reverses: these are the greatest works of architecture of the 20th C. 

They become devotees and almost religious proselytisers for the buildings, which only adds to the confusion for those who haven’t ‘accepted the religion of Kahn’. 

This talk cuts through the rhetoric to explain, in greatly illustrated detail, the ideas, the experiences, and ultimately the extraordinary humanity that this building in particular exhibits. Tone has visited the building several times (and many other Kahn buildings), and believes that an enthusiastic study of the building can convey the power of the architecture without the costs of a visit.

TALK 2 DETAILS: SALK INSTITUTE

Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 8 August 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Salk Institute Talk.

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The third and final talk in the series will focus on Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers' Centre Pompidou.

CENTRE POMPIDOU

The most visited building in Paris, in a city that boasts the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and the Musee du Quai Branly. In fact the most popular museum in the world!

So everyone knows the Centre Pompidou, colloquially known as Beaubourg, right? Wrong, and more than most could believe.

In this talk we go back to the competition (Tone has a copy of the original brief) and look at the ideas of the time.

Did you know that a now well-known Australian architect came second? And what bought Renzo Piano from Italy and Richard Rogers from London together to create a building that many believe is a turning point in Modernism?

Not just an ‘inside-out’ building, not just a great place to see Paris, and not just a backdrop to the most lively space in Paris, it is a formative work of art, a tour-de-force of architecture.

Come and hear the background to this extraordinary building that will give you a completely different perspective on this great site.

TALK 3 DETAILS: CENTRE POMPIDOU

Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Centre Pompidou Talk.

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens / Tone Wheeler
  • Image 1: The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, designed by Louis Kahn
  • Image 2: Centre Georges Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers
  • Images: Supplied by Tone Wheeler

AAA Educational Fund Postcards - A Great Christmas Gift

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 The Christmas season is fast approaching and it is time once again, to start looking for gifts for all your loved ones. The AAA limited edition, boxed set of architect cards, is the perfect gift for the architectural enthusiasts in your life.

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

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

Click here to order your limited edition set now!

Please note that orders for christmas delivery within Australia will need to be made by Friday 6 December 2019.

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Image: Peter Tonkin, Watercolour on paper. View of Amsterdam Canal

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Image: Richard Goodwin, Photographic and drawing collages on paper. From the artists own collection.

 

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Image: Terroir, Computer rendering on photographic paper. View of the National Library of the Czech Republic competition entry.

 

 

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Image: Harry Seidler, Pen on Butter Paper. One of Harry Seidler's last sketches of details for the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre.

 

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Image: Glenn Murcutt, Pen on Butter Paper. Sketch of a new house near Wagga Wagga with details of the sky.

 

 

Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century Talks - Centre Pompidou

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On Thursday 26 September 2019, don't miss the final talk in the AAA 'Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century' series. Hosted by Brickworks Studio, you will be enthralled as Tone Wheeler, architect and President of the Australian Architecture Association, reveals the story of how the Centre Pompidou was conceived and executed. 

CENTRE POMPIDOU

The most visited building in Paris, in a city that boasts the Louvre, the Musee d”Orsay and the Musee du Quai Branly. In fact the most popular museum in the world!

So everyone knows the Centre Pompidou, colloquially known as Beaubourg, right? Wrong, and more than most could believe.

In this talk we go back to the competition (Tone has a copy of the original brief) and look at the ideas of the time.

Did you know that a now well-known Australian architect came second? And what bought Renzo Piano from Italy and Richard Rogers from London together to create a building that many believe is a turning point in Modernism?

Not just an ‘inside-out’ building, not just a great place to see Paris, and not just a backdrop to the most lively space in Paris, it is a formative work of art, a tour-de-force of architecture.

Come and hear the background to this extraordinary building that will give you a completely different perspective on this great site.

TALK 3 DETAILS: CENTRE POMPIDOU

Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Don't miss out on the final in this series of popular talks.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Centre Pompidou Talk.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens / Tone Wheeler
  • Image 1: Centre Georges Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers
  • Image: Supplied by Tone Wheeler

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 Sunday 17 November, to discover how architecture has helped shape the landscape of the city.

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

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

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

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

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

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Meet at Hyde Park Barracks, in front of the main gate, 12 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 17 November 2019
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

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

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

Take A Walk Through Time With the AAA

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Over two hours discover two hundred years of Sydney’s built history on the Walk Through Time tour. Join an Australian Architecture Association trained tour guide on Wednesday 7 August 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: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Date: Wednesday 7 August 2019
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

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

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

Join the AAA On A Walk In Chippendale

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Join the AAA on a walk through the architecture of Chippendale. The next Chippendale Walk takes place on Saturday 18 May 2019.

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 18 May 2019
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)

In Review: AAA Chippendale Walk

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A CHIPPENDALE OFF THE OLD BLOCK
By Deborah Singerman

One of the AAA’s newest city walks is around one of the oldest, but most radically revamped, areas of Sydney. While Chippendale’s history featured in the tour lead by interior design and fabric expert Michelle Maras, the revitalised industrial architecture is more than matched by the residential and foodie haven now within the Frasers Property-redeveloped former Carlton & United Brewery site, bordered by Broadway and Abercrombie Streets, close to Central Station.

Our meanderings on a pleasant Saturday morning in November showed off Chippendale’s new glory from its laneways, spearheaded by Kensington Street, apartments with plant-filled facades, an upmarket shopping centre and unique museum to alleyways of food stalls, an idiosyncratic hotel and central public parkland. 

We met AAA Volunteer Tour Leader Maras under the prominent yellow halo in the heart of Central Park. After years of living in London and Paris, Maras is entranced by cities and welcomes the chance to take people around the byways and vantage points of this variegated precinct. 

Despite its shape, the splendid sculptural circle does not have a spiritual connection, but something much more prosaic – it represents the arm that spun the hops and other ingredients for the beers brewed at the old Kent Brewery. 

As well as acknowledging the past, Tzannes Associates’ master plan looked to the future. It included a trigeneration plant, with its use of natural gas to produce low-emission electricity and thermal energy. hot water, cooling and electricity for the buildings in Central Park. 

A zinc-like cloak drapes the cooling towers while the raw stainless steel, pipes, which plug into the cooling towers from the ground, are a rugged reminder of what the plant is doing.

We learn about Tooth and Co, founded by 1830s arrival John Tooth, and brewery owner from 1835 until 1985. KB Lager was a favourite. Maras mentions staff benefits offered by the company, such as free beer (though drunkenness was a distinct no-no). 

The Identifiable atmosphere of the area owes much to the network of laneways with their workers’ cottages and filigree iron balconies. The aptly named Spice Alley street stalls, South-East Asia reincarnate, has lanterns, tables and stools, as well as a growing list of restaurants. 

It also has a fine example of adaptive/reuse (from award-winning Tonkin Zulaikha Greer). In the Old Clare Hotel, which is named after the owner's birthplace in County Clare, Ireland. The 1930s Carlton United Brewery Administration Building and the County Clare Hotel join together while also enclosing a former laneway The resulting mix of hotel rooms and suites, restaurant, a sweeping curved bar, and what they call a laneway foyer, has a surprising array of original artefacts and household items including old dentist chairs, and is unafraid to leave aspects of the building fabric open and unpolished 

We also navigated the much-venerated One Central Park, the most vegetated high-rise in Sydney. Ateliers Jean Nouvel's 5-star green rated building (with collaborating architect PTW) is invigorated by Patrick Blanc’s hydroponic, vertical gardens, some 35,000 plants, soil-less, grown in planter boxes, with their own irrigation systems. We stare at the wall of plants within Central Park and on the Broadway street front, admiring the clusters of different plant species, even if we don’t know their names. 

Different patterns grace the building opposite, the University of Technology, Sydney, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, whose aluminium screen represents the Os and 1s of the binary system. Then there is the dramatic heliostat, a cantilever of motorised and mirrored panels that capture sunlight and reflect it back to the shopping centre atrium and landscaped terraces. 

Spreading our wings, we see Judith Neilson’s White Rabbit Gallery, a substantial exhibition space from a former Rolls-Royce service depot, which houses a collection of contemporary Chinese art and a much-loved tea house. Her latest philanthropic venture is a commitment to a $100 million independent Institute for Journalism & Ideas, also to be based in Chippendale. 

We also stop at Neilson’s home, Indigo Slam, which won the 2016 AIA Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) and is designed by Smart Design. The name is cleverly inscribed in the corten steel front gate, and an official product description aptly describes its monumental presence: “The curves and creases of the concrete façade fold, open or close, concealing and revealing, to create privacy, open to the light, form a balcony or maintain outlook as the rooms demand.”

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The distinctive architecture (harking back to 13th century Venetian Gothic) of Mortuary Station on nearby Regent Street sets a completely different mood as we contemplate the journey from this city end of the railway service, begun in 1867, that picked up coffins and mourners on Regent Street en-route to Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney’s west. 

The AAA walk, you could say, touches all bases.

JOIN THE CHIPPENDALE WALK

Experience the architecture of this fascinating inner city suburb by joining the next AAA Chippendale Walk.

TOUR DETAILS:

Meeting Point: The Halo Sculpture, Chippendale Green, O'Connor Street, Chippendale NSW 2008
Date: Saturday 16 February 2019
Time: 10.00am - 11.30am
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Concession) / 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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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 offers 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
  • Image 1: AAA Chippendale Walk tour group - developed by AAA Volunteer and Registered Architect Ben Gerstel (pictured).
  • Image 2: Mortuary Station (Regent Street Railway Station) - designed by Government Architect James Barnet
  • Image 3: One Central Park - designed by French Architect Jean Nouvel in collaboration with French botanical artist Patrick Blanc.
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

Take A Walk Around The Rocks

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Discover the architecture and history of the historic harbourside suburb, The Rocks. The next architectural walking tour will be taking place Sunday 21 July 2019.

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: Sunday 21 July 2019
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)

NSW Government Announces Sale of Sirius

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The NSW government recently announced that the controversial Sirius social housing complex, designed by Tao Gofers in 1979 - has been sold for redevelopment to the company Sirius Developments.

Plans are to retain the Sirius building complex and refurbish. Australian architectural practice BVN have been commissioned to design the refurbishment as well as the addition of new apartments.

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You can see the Sirius on the Australian Architecture Association's - The Rocks Walk.

The next walk takes place: Sunday 21 July 2019. Click here to book your place on the tour.

Click here to visit ArchitectureAU and learn more about the development.

  • Image 1: The Sirius social housing complex in The Rocks Sydney. (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: A visualisation of BVN's proposed refurbishment of the Sirius social housing complex.
    (Image sourced from ArchitectureAU Article: Sirius sold for $150m; BVN to design refurbishment, by Linda Cheng,2 Jul 2019)

 

First 'At Home' Event For 2019 Visits Northbridge

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On Sunday 3 March 'At Home' returns for 2019 and visits a home in Northbridge, designed by Marston Architects.

Designed for a growing family, the contemporary addition and renovation to a single storey home enjoys vistas of surrounding bushland and an existing established garden.

Openings on the new upper level frame views and the soft colour palette, along with the accents of dark tones and the timber framed doors, allows the house to sit comfortably in its bush surrounds.

A skylight in the new stair void allows light to filter through the three levels of circulation within the core of the house.

Architect Vivianne Marston will talk about the design process as you are guided through the residence.

ABOUT MARSTON ARCHITECTS

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

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

The work of Marston Architects is very focused on responding to specific sites as well as the needs of the clients and the building's context to its' surroundings.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Northbridge 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 3 March 2019
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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

Click here to book your place on the tour.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Northbridge House, designed by Marston Architects (images supplied by Marston Architects)

Grand Designs Australia On Sale Now

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

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

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

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

 

The Next Issue of Home Design Comes Out Soon

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

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

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

AAA Residential Coach Tour Takes Place This Month

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Don't mss out on our Winter residential coach tour on Saturday 22 June 2019. Enjoy this all day event where you will be visiting some of the most interesting new and renovated contemporary architecture in the suburbs of Sydney.

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

Featured on the day will be projects by architects, such as:

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 22 June 2019
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: Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Balmoral House, designed by CHROFI (Photographer: Katherine Lu)

Take A Walk Through Time With the AAA

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Over two hours discover two hundred years of Sydney’s built history on the Walk Through Time tour. Join an Australian Architecture Association trained tour guide on Wednesday 19 June 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: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Date: Wednesday 19 June 2019
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

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

Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century Talks - Ronchamp

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On Thursday 20 June 2019, the AAA presents the first in its series of talks, called 'Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century'. Hosted by Brickworks Studio, you will be enthralled, as Tone Wheeler, architect and President of the Australian Architecture Association, reveals the stories of how three iconic buildings were conceived and executed.

The first talk focuses on Ronchamp Catheral designed by architect and artist, Le Corbusier.

RONCHAMP CHAPEL

Ronchamp is Le Corbusier’s most famous building, but most people only know it from one photo (pictured above), and this singular view leads to a limited understanding of just how brilliant this building is.

The chapel is a result of an intense process, both personal and pragmatic, and a detailed understanding of that process can lead to a completely different view. 

We will acquaint ourselves with the history, and then to do an analysis of Le Corbusier’s design thinking, his ideas and concepts that gave rise to the form, and we will thoroughly crawl over ever part of the building. 

It was extraordinarily radical, controversial and confronting, and many leading architects were horrified, but later held it up as one of the greats of the 20th Century. 

Come to this detailed 'behind the scenes take' to find out why it is such an important work of art and architecture.

TALK 1 DETAILS: RONCHAMP

Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 20 June 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Ronchamp Chapel Talk.

 

UPCOMING TALKS ON ICONIC BUILDINGS OF THE 20TH CENTURY 

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On Thursday 8 August 2019, don't miss the second talk in the AAA 'Iconic Buildings of the 20th Century' series. Hosted by Brickworks Studio, you will be enthralled as Tone Wheeler, architect and President of the Australian Architecture Association, reveals the stories of how three iconic buildings were conceived and executed. The second talk focuses on Louis Kahn's Salk Institute.

LOUIS KAHN'S - SALK INSTITUTE

Louis Khan’s mid century buildings are enigmas.

Architecture students wonder what the fuss is about: the austere highly geometric forms, the starkness, the unyielding formality.

The rigorous texts that accompany the works and Khan’s reputation as a great teacher don’t seem reflected in the buildings. And then on a visit their ‘first Kahn' their attitude reverses: these are the greatest works of architecture of the 20th C. 

They become devotees and almost religious proselytisers for the buildings, which only adds to the confusion for those who haven’t ‘accepted the religion of Kahn’. 

This talks cuts through the rhetoric to explain, in greatly illustrated detail, the ideas, the experiences, and ultimately the extraordinary humanity that this building in particular exhibits. Tone has visited the building several times (and many other Kahn buildings), and believes that an enthusiastic study of the building can convey the power of the architecture without the costs of a visit.

TALK 2 DETAILS: SALK INSTITUTE

Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 8 August 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Salk Institute Talk.

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The third and final talk in the series will focus on Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers' Centre Pompidou.

RENZO PIANO AND RICHARD ROGERS' - CENTRE POMPIDOU

The most visited building in Paris, in a city that boasts the Louvre, the Musee d”Orsay and the Musee du Quai Branly. In fact the most popular museum in the world!

So everyone knows the Centre Pompidou, colloquially known as Beaubourg, right? Wrong, and more than most could believe.

In this talk we go back to the competition (Tone has a copy of the original brief) and look at the ideas of the time.

Did you know that a now well-known Australian architect came second? And what bought Renzo Piano from Italy and Richard Rogers from London together to create a building that many believe is a turning point in Modernism?

Not just an ‘inside-out’ building, not just a great place to see Paris, and not just a backdrop to the most lively space in Paris, it is a formative work of art, a tour-de-force of architecture.

Come and hear the background to this extraordinary building that will give you a completely different perspective on this great site.

TALK 3 DETAILS: CENTRE POMPIDOU

Time: 6.00pm (6.30pm start) - 8.15pm
Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Location: Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $55 Earlybird (public) / $60 (public) / $50 (AAA Members)

Drinks and canapes will be served before the talk commences.

Click here to buy your ticket for the Centre Pompidou Talk.

 

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens / Tone Wheeler
  • Image 1: Ronchamp Chapel, designed by Le Corbusier
  • Image 2: The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, designed by Louis Kahn
  • Image 3: Centre Georges Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers
  • Images: Supplied by Tone Wheeler

Join the The Rocks Tour This Sunday

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Discover the architecture and history of the historic harbourside suburb, The Rocks. The Rocks tour will be taking place this Sunday 19 May 2019.

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: Sunday 19 May 2019
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)

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At the Beginning of May - 'At Home' Visits Glebe

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On Sunday 5 May 'At Home' visits 'Ferry Road' residence in Glebe, designed by Anderson Architecture.

Simon Anderson, Principal of Anderson Architecture, will talk about the design process and lead you through this very sustainable home achieving an 8.0 Star rating.

Born of a steep and narrow site, a yearning for lightness and space and a core design philosophy grounded in passive solar design and sustainability, this Glebe house is representative of how infill development within a heritage conservation area can be comfortable, practical and environmentally sensitive without compromise.

A particular feature of the home is the central open staircase providing access from the ground floor to the first floor. The design of the stair allows for uninterrupted, through ventilation of the entirety of the ground and lower ground floors. The intricate design and detailing of this feature stair evidences the high quality results that may be achieved through the collaboration of design professionals with skilled tradespeople.

For the clients, entertainers and connoisseurs of fine food, the kitchen was integral to the project brief. Appropriately, the kitchen was apportioned a large share of the lower ground footprint with a generous work space and spacious walk in butler’s pantry. High level windows above, and sculptural roof articulation open up to create an immense sense of space above the living areas within the home’s comparably small footprint.

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ABOUT ANDERSON ARCHITECTURE

Simon Anderson established his architecture practice, Anderson Architecture in 2002. The small studio, operating out of Surry Hills, specialises in residential architecture. 
 
Their approach towards design is about creating connections between the natural and the built environment – with an emphasis on humane design and a priority on natural light and tactile materials, to bring projects to life. 
 
The firms body of work is driven by the principles of passive design, along with active systems to reduce energy use. They utilise computer thermal modelling to engage clients and give them feedback about heating, cooling, glazing and insulation.
 
Anderson Architecture has been recognised by the design and construction industry through awards for sustainable design and in judging sustainable resilient architecture.
 
TOUR DETAILS
 
Location: Glebe NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 5 May 2019
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)
 
Don't miss your opportunity to experience this privately owned residence, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.
 
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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Ferry Road House, designed by Anderson Architecture
  • Photographer: Tom Ferguson
 
 
 

In February Join the AAA Twilight Tour

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Wind down from a day at the office and enjoy an evening stroll, learning about architecture in Sydneys central business district. On Thursday 7 February, experience the city as it’s wreathed in the glow of twilight.

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

We examine many of the buildings in the Central Business District and trace the development of modernism and the high rise tower. 

From Harry Seidler's iconic Australia Square tower that dominated the cityscape in the late 60's to more recent additions such as Sir Norman Foster's Deutsche Bank and 1 Bligh Street, a 6 Green Star rated office building, the highest rating that can be achieved in Australia under the Green Building Council of Australia's measurement standards for a sustainable building are just some of the buildings you will be visiting.

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

TOUR DETAILS:

Meeting Point: Entrance to Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay NSW 2000
Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Concession) / Free (AAA Members)

Numbers are limited. Click here - to secure your place on the tour.

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  • Image 1: Sydney City Skyline (Photographer: Vincent Lam)
  • Image 2: Australia Square Tower, designed by Harry Seidler (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

Meet AAA Vice President Ben Gerstel

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ME, CASTLECRAG AND THE AAA
By Ben Gerstel

As an architect and resident of Castlecrag, I feel I am very lucky. This luck is three fold for the following reasons, I live in the suburb, I am an architect and I am surrounded by domestic architecture which I love.

To give an example of the wealth of domestic architecture in Castlecrag, we have Burley Griffin and Eric Nicholls houses, houses by Harry Seidler, Philip Cox, Allen Jack and Cottier, Peter Muller, Bill Lucas, Bruce Rickard, Alex Popov, Virginia Kerridge, Hugh Buhrich, Theodore Fry, Hugo Stossel, Arthur Baldwinson, Neville Gruzman, Robert McClurcan, Gordon M Jenkins and Engelen and Moore to name a few. Castlecrag is soon to have new houses by Marsh Cashman Kooloos and Koichi Tadaka.

There are lots of other architect designed houses but these have to be researched at Willoughby City Council.

I grew up in Castlecove, so I have not moved very far from home. As a child, I loved this suburb for all the red textured brick 1960’s houses with massing at obtuse angles. These houses had wild designed balustrades and garage doors. . Little did I realise that these houses may not of been designed by an architect!

I am sure with these houses and my Lego blocks (not in kit form) were my inspiration to become an architect, but let’s not mention receiving a book on Frank Lloyd Wright at the age of 13

When I started my practice, I introduced myself to the local real estate agents with the view that when people buy a house in the suburb, may want a local architect, me! This happened. These are clients who I would never had otherwise.

I also joined Archicentre, an organisation (no longer in NSW, pity) that connected registered architects with people looking for an architect in their area. One of my first projects was to renovate one of these Castlecove 1960’s houses. It was an experience. I loved it but also very challenging being at the beginning of my solo career.

Unfortunately Castlecove is being gentrified like lots of other Sydney suburbs. Houses are being knocked down, renovated or replaced with project homes. We have lost these wonderful time pieces of architectural domestic history. Unfortunately this happened to my family home.

Another source of learning about the houses in Castlecrag is I write a column for a local periodical called The Crag, which is produced by the Castlecrag Progress Association. There are four issues a year and I started writing in 2010. I was asked to write about one house located in Castlecrag for each issue. This has allowed my into some fantastic houses which I would never of seen otherwise.

Through my walks in the suburb for the association (AAA Castlecrag Walks 1 and 2), these have also opened some doors again to houses which I never would of seen either and this makes these walks special for the attendees.

As a local resident, I get to know a lot of the residents who live here and from them, I hear what is happening in the suburb. Which houses are being demolished and who is the architect. This is how I keep my finger on the pulse.

Since becoming an architect, I have learnt of all the other wonderful architect designed houses in the surrounding suburbs of Middle Cove and Northbridge. From this knowledge I have developed these walks for the AAA.

JOIN ONE OF BEN GERSTEL'S TOURS

Want to experience a AAA Castlecrag Walk? Join the next tour in March.

TOUR DETAILS

Location: Quadrangle Shopping Village, 100 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag NSW 2068
Date: Saturday 9 March 2019
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Tickets: $30 (Public) / $25 (Concession) / Free (AAA
Members)

Numbers are limited. Click here - to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Ben Gerstel
  • Image: Ben Gerstel with tour group attendees on the Castlecrag Walk.
  • Photographer: Annette Dearing

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AAA Partnering in Sydney Design Festival 2019

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It's time to celebrate all things creative with the annual Sydney Design Festival 2019. Taking place 1-10 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, and
  • AAA Ultimo Walk

ABOUT THE SYDNEY OBSERVATORY TOUR

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Experience a unique architectural tour developed in association with MAAS (the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences). AAA trained volunteer tour guides will help you to discover Sydney Observatory, a significant historic site in Millers Point, The Rocks.

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:
Tour 1: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Tour 2: 1.30pm - 3.00pm
Date: Sunday 3 March 2019
Tickets: $30 (Adult) / $25 (Concession) / $25 (MAAS or AAA Member)

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.

ABOUT THE AAA ULTIMO WALK

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Want to know more about the history of the area surrounding the Powerhouse Museum? Explore architecture and history on the AAA Ultimo Walk.

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

The Ultimo Walk was developed by the Australian Architecture Association.

Location: Powerhouse Museum Forecourt, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Time: 10.00am - 11.30am
Date: Saturday 9 March 2019
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 SYDNEY DESIGN FESTIVAL 2019

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The Sydney Design Festival 2019 is now in its 21st year. This annual contemporary design festival creates a platform for a convergence of people, ideas and activities across creative industry sectors.

This years theme - ACCESSING DESIGN, seeks to promote responsive design that gives voice to diverse Sydney communities, and asks designers to broaden the definition of design and expand the dialogue between creative practice, access and inclusivity.

With an emphasis on the democratisation of design, the Sydney Design Festival is seeking a broad representation and involvement from both established and emerging design practitioners and interdisciplinary creative practices. ACCESSING DESIGN asks the design community to question and contemplate their creative practice:

  • Who are they designing for and how can audiences access this?
  • What is the role of design in creating a more accessible world? How can we all be more open and inclusive with our approach to design?

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

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Sydney Design Festival logo - New Armor Stool (detail), designed by Kwangho Lee, South Korea, 2014. MAAS Collection
  • Image 2: An image of Sydney Observatory tour attendees (Photo: AAA)
  • Image 3: An image of Ultimo Walk tour attendees (Photo: AAA)
  • Image 4: Sydney Design Festival logo - ‘Marilyn’ sofa (detail), designed by Studio 65, made by Gufram, Italy, 1970. MAAS Collection