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June's At Home With The Architect Visits Castlecrag

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Location: Castlecrag, NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 24 June 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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

Book your place on the tour, click here.

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