June's AAA Residential Coach Tour

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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.


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.