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Central Coast Residential Bus Tour 2013


The Australian Architecture Associations' first residential bus tour for 2013, the Central Coast Residential Bus Tour, is almost fully booked.

Taking place on Saturday 23 February, don't miss this great opportunity to go inside some of the most interesting contemporary residential architecture in the NSW Central Coast.

Some of the architects taking part include, David Boyle, Jorge Hrdina, Kristin Utz and Duncan Sanby. Projects located in areas such as McMasters Beach, Killcare, Phegans Bay and Avoca.

Walk with the architects and listen to their story about how the projects were developed and became a reality.

This is an all day bus tour which includes lunch, commentary and coach travel.
Tickets: $175 (Public) / $150 (AAA Members)
Click here to secure your place.

  • Images: provided by David Boyle Architects
  • Photographer: Brigid Arnott

New Additions to the AAA's Extended Family


Congratulations to Jo and Michael MacCormick on the birth of their baby boy Archie, born on 27th October 2012, weighing in at 3.19kg.

Michael is one of our founding AAA Volunteer Tour leaders and currently serves as a AAA Board member. Michael is an architect who has worked both overseas and in Australia and now works in private practice in the firm MacCormick & Associates Architects .

We wish them all the happiness and joy with their newest family member Archie.  Archie is Michael and Jo’s 4th child.

  • Images: provided by Michael MacCormick and Vanessa Couzens

AAA Member Bark Design Featured on the ABC

Over two days in August 2011 the Australian Architecture Association explored a series of residential projects in the Noosa region designed by five contemporary architectural practices. One of the featured practices on the Noosa Residential Tour was the award winning architects, Bark Design, a small practice who operate out of Timbeerwah QLD.

Tour participants explored five of their projects; the Noosa Visitor Information Centre , Bark Designs' Studio, the Timbeerwah Residence (Art Studio) , the Sunshine Beach Residence and as a bonus self drive visit, the 'Glass House Mountain House' built near Maleny.


Towards the end of 2012 the ABC produced a series called 'Dream Build' and featured Bark Designs' 'Glass House Mountain House' in Episode 5 .

Designed for a family of Australian expatriates returning from Romania. This residence is a project that combines the stylistic influences of Japanese traditional architecture with modern ideas about transparency and the utilization of technology.

Located on the busy road into Maleny, thick stone walls muffle noise from the street and create a private central courtyard. The house is pushed up against the property boundary along the ridge of the hill and provides panoramic views towards the Glass House Mountains and coast beyond.

Functions of the house are divided into a series of pavilions linked by transparent walkways that open to take advantage of cooling breezes or close to protect interiors, yet allow light into the spaces. A separate guest house / music studio, showcases the architect’s experiment with standardization and modularization of components, creating an area guests would be reluctant to leave.


Visit the AAA e-news archives to read the September 2011 'All About Architecture' article about the Noosa Residential Tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

'Formworks' Exhibition Opening at SOHO Galleries

From Saturday 9 February until March 15, AAA supporter SOHO Galleries will be staging their latest exhibition 'Formworks'.The group show will feature innovative contemporary wall relief sculptures and mixed media assemblages.


The exhibiting artists include: Jerzy W Michalski, Andrew  Bartosz, Tracy Dods, Conchita Carambano, Jonathon Hayde,  Andrew Mangelsdorf, Annette Lodge, Paul Battams, Neville Pilven,  Miertje  Skidmore,  James Willebrant, Marshall Williams, Walangari Karntawarra, Nicholas Broughton, Ross Wilsmore,  Alison Coulthurst,  Bruce Earles, Michelle Breton, Alexandra Spyratos, John  Santucci, Tiffany Calder Kingston, Suzanna Lang,  Joanne Villani, Krista Stewart, Elizabeth Gray,Tony Colangelo,  Wendie McCaffley,  Todd Stuart,  Andrew Kasper, Main  Artery Studios, Michael Vaynman, Robin Holliday, Zygmunt Libucha, Emad Dhahir, Alan Warner, Michael Jenkins, Trevor, Berry, Andrew Rogers, John Gardner, Phillip Hay, Matt Carney, Erik Werkhoven.

Plan your visit the gallery at the corner of Crown & Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo, by visiting their website.

  • Image: provided by SOHO Galleries.

Anish Kapoor - MCA Special Offer for AAA Members

From the 20 December, through to the 1 April 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is presenting the first major exhibition in Australia of Mumbai-born, London-based artist Anish Kapoor.

In celebration of this unique exhibition, the MCA is offering to Australian Architecture Association members the opportunity to win one of two double passes. To enter into the running register your details here.

This unique exhibition includes works from the early stages of Kapoor’s career to the present day. It explores the artist’s continual experimentation across a variety of materials including clay, plastic, pigment, steel and wax to create works of great visual power and emotional impact.


Highlights include one of the artist’s most ambitious works for a gallery, Memory (2008), commissioned by Deutsche Bank in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim. In the work’s first presentation in the Southern Hemisphere, Memory completely fills the MCA’s sizable Level 3 Gallery as if squeezed between the white walls. Viewers experience the rust-coloured bulbous structure from several angles including a window that looks into the cavernous interior space. By restricting the ability to view the whole work from a single point, Kapoor challenges the public to imagine the object in its entirety by piecing together memories of the work from different locations.


The exhibition also comprises a selection of the early works that first brought Anish Kapoor to prominence. Created following a short trip to India, 1000 Names (1979–80) consists of primary coloured geometric forms produced using brightly coloured powdered pigments placed on the floor or situated on the wall.


Another highlight is Void (1989), a large concave shape coated in a deep blue pigment that toys with perception. The shape changes from a convex to a concave form depending on where the viewer is situated, whilst the colour of the piece disrupts the ability to determine the object’s true proportions.


The MCA’s spacious Level 1 North Gallery is the ideal setting for the enormous wax sculpture My Red Homeland (2003). In this monumental circular sculpture, a large motorised steel blade slowly cuts a course through 25 tons of wax and Vaseline mixed with a deep red pigment. Over the period of an hour the blade traces the circumference of the structure, which measures 12 metres in diameter, endlessly dissecting and re-shaping the wax into new forms. Drawing associations with organic material such as blood, My Red Homeland stimulates not only an emotional but also a physical response.

The opportunity to experience Anish Kapoor's work is one you won't want to miss! Plan your visit to the MCA by visiting their website.

  • Article Copy: Provided by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
  • Images: Provided by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
    - Anish Kapoor Memory, 2008 installation view, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin 2009 Cor-ten steel. Image courtesy the artist and Deutsche Guggenheim © the artist. Photograph: Mathias Schormann
    - Anish Kapoor 1000 Names, 1979-80 wood, gesso, pigment. Image courtesy and © the artist
    - Anish Kapoor Void, 1989 fibreglass, pigment. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Dave Morgan
    - Anish Kapoor My Red Homeland, 2003 installation view, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2003 wax and oil-based paint, steel arm, motor. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Nic Tenwiggenhorn