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AAA Short Black: Visits Little Albion Guest House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOUR DETAILS:

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

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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

August's At Home With The Architect Visits Woollahra

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

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

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

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

ABOUT STANIC HARDING

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

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

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

ABOUT INTERNI

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

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

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

TOUR DETAILS

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

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

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



AAA Short Black: Visits Camperdown Cemetery

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

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

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

ABOUT HECTOR ABRAHAMS ARCHITECTS

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

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

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

TOUR DETAILS:

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

Hurry tickets will sell out fast, so book now!

Click here to secure your place on the tour.

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Take An Architecture Walk Through Redfern

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

From an area known more for industry and public housing, the introduction of new government business schemes, changes to the demographic and the real estate pressures of its inner city location, Redfern is fast becoming home to a generation of cultural creatives. 

This two hour architecture walk explores the changing landscape of Redfern's built environment.This transformation is epitomised by the presence of award winning designer homes and commercial premises, state of the art community facilities and a potpourri of retro shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

TOUR DETAILS

Meeting Point: The Clock Tower, Redfern Post Office, 101-103 George Street, Redfern NSW 2016
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 19 August 2018
Tickets: $30 (public) / $25 (Seniors / Students) / AAA Members Free
Please note: Students to present Student ID on the day.

Click here to book your place on the tour.

  • Article Text: Vanessa Couzens & AAA tour text
  • Image: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

Join the The Rocks Tour This Saturday

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

On this unique two-hour walking tour of Sydney’s oldest suburb, you'll discover Sydney’s past, present and future!

Stroll with us through the hilly terrain and see how heritage and contemporary architecture co-exists in harmony. Discover the marks left on the district by the plague of 1900 and by major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the Harbour Bridge.

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

TOUR DETAILS

The Rocks Walk developed by the Australian Architecture Association.

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

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

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