at the Robin Boyd Foundation, Walsh Street, South Yarra.
at the Robin Boyd Foundation, Walsh Street, South Yarra.
Melbourne FILM: Barbicania
Directed by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, Barbicania is a feature length film capturing a month-long immersion in the life of London’s Barbican Centre and Estate.
Join Bêka and Lemoine as they meet a diverse range of people who live and work in the Barbican. Conceived as a series of diaristic vignettes, Barbicaniainvites you to discover the personalities, lifestyle and architectural landscapes that make the Barbican so special. With fantastic stories from those who experience the Barbican on an everyday basis: such as Neil who tends to the plants and fish in the Barbican Centre’s conservatory; Paolo who talks about having the ‘magic key’; and Camilla who delves into the Barbican psyche.
[screening at ACMI 26th July 2015, see below for details ]
Open House Melbourne 2015
On the weekend of 25 and 26 July 2015, over 100 buildings will open their doors for free for you to experience good design and architecture across the city. There will also be a full range of free events, tours, workshops and exhibitions for you to enjoy. The full building list will be announced on 1 July. There is no ballot this year. Nearly all buildings open on the weekend are open access and self-guided, but a small number of buildings have pre-booked tours. Bookings open on Wednesday 8 July at 10am until booked out, limited to 2 places per person per tour. These tours always book out, so please check on the website before you plan to visit these building. Please sign up to our newsletter to receive updates and announcements. #curiocity
NGV Modernist events July: NGV planning drawings and Talk on Finnish Design
July 25th: Open House Melbourne: Building Histories – Architectural Plans and Designs of the NGV
Join the behind-the-scenes to discover the rich archives of the NGV’s Shaw Research Library with an examination of drawings, ephemera and archival material that tells the story of the architecture and planning of the NGV in St Kilda Road. Discover original drawings prepared by renowned architectural firm Grounds, Romberg & Boyd, as well as material relating to the redevelopment and transformation of the NGV in St Kilda Road. In conjunction with Open House Melbourne 2015.
Free, bookings essential from Wednesday 8th July via Open House Melbourne
Ground Level, Information Desk
Hours and location ›
Free, bookings essential from Wednesday 8th July via Open House Melbourne.Booking required
Floor Talk about Modernist Finnish Design
part of the exhibition NORDIC COOL: Modernist Design from the NGV Collection
July 24th / 12.30pm–1pm
Level 2, Decorative Arts Passage
Hours and location ›
Booking is not required.
Ph +61 3 8662 1555
Seidler’s Thurlow House (NSW) on Sale
This 1952 house by architect Harry Seidler, AC OBE is part of the important collection of early houses by one of Australia’s great architects. Research indicates Thurlow House as being number sixteen of eighteen houses completed by Harry Seidler within the first five years of his coming to Australia.
Built on a waterfront site sloping down to the Georges River, in Sydney’s south, its split-level interior offers soaring voids, textural stone and timber-lined walls, and a seamless connection from inside to a deep covered verandah overlooking the river. Upstairs are two bedrooms, a study and bathroom, all looking out to the river. On the lower level is a spacious living area, dining room and kitchen, all connecting to the covered balcony. Off the kitchen is a laundry opening to a north-facing drying courtyard and garden. While in mostly original condition, the house is in need of some repair, but offers ‘design hunters’ a rare opportunity to rejuvenate a brilliant Modernist house on the waterfront.
[extract from Modern House ]
The house was originally listed on Gumtree: see article on Modernist Australia “Iconic Thurlow House by Harry Seidler for sale on Gumtree!”
Buildings at Risk, News
Melbourne 1960s Peter Hooks/Ellis Stones House on Sale
Still in the hands of original family, this is a simple but beautiful house in a secluded, peaceful garden setting.
The house was designed by Melbourne architect Peter Hooks and built in 1965. Its natural timber exterior is vertically fixed Californian Redwood inspired by the forests of giant Sequoia sempervirens and the modernist architecture of 1950s California. It nestles into the slope and provides natural light and views from every room of a garden designed by renowned mid-century landscape designer Ellis Stones. Close to the Moonee Ponds Creek bike path and the Tullamarine Freeway, the property is visually separated from the road by a green sound-wall screened by mature vegetation. Located right near the boundary of the City of Moreland, the property is just a few minutes’ walk from the Strathmore Railway Station and the highly regarded Strathmore Secondary College. The house is in completely original condition and the family is wishing to sell the property to someone who appreciates its history and modernist design, and who is able to continue the restoration of the garden.
Those interested will be invited to provide an expression of interest by the 3rd August 2015 (tbc). For further information: see here and contact Michelle on 0439 374 037
Architects: Peter Hooks – see entry on Hooks in Dictionary of Unsung Architects Landscape architect: Ellis Stones – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellis_Stones
Notice of upcoming sale (Pdf)
INT-News / Recreating the Brutalist Playground
The Brutalist Playground
10 June TO 16 August 2015
AT RIBA, 66 PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON
Part sculpture, part architectural installation, all play.
The Brutalist Playground is a new commission by Turner Prize nominees
Assemble and artist Simon Terrill, exploring post-war design for play.
Occupying the entire Architecture Gallery at RIBA, it encourages visitors to look at the materiality and visual language of now lost Brutalist landscapes in new ways through an immersive and conceptual landscape. Although the value of Brutalist residential buildings today is much debated, this exhibition shifts the focus to the equally important playgrounds found at the feet of these structures, offering a renewed understanding and critique of the architects’ original designs and intentions.
Publication: Brisbane Art Deco – Stories of our Built Heritage
Modern cities such as Brisbane embraced Art Deco style in its architecture as it swept the world during the interwar period. From inner city landmarks such as the striking McWhirters department store to the streamlined Archerfield Airport administration building, Brisbane has a significant range of intriguing and beautiful Art Deco buildings.
The publication documents and celebrates a selection of favourite residential and commercial examples. Written contributions from a range of authors are complemented by modern photography and historic archive imagery, taking readers on a journey through this fascinating era. The articles not only describe the aesthetic and architectural features, but also delve into the associated social history.
Published: Jubilee Studio, 2015
Dewey Number: 725.099431
INT-News / Modernist Preservation
INT-NEWS – Award restoration: Viipuri Library by Alvar Aalto,
Awarded restoration of the Viipuri Library by Alvar Aalto,
World Monuments Fund / Knoll Modernism Price 2014.
Europa Nostra Award 2015 / Conservation.
14th Docomomo International 2016: submit session proposals
DOCOMOMO International is pleased to invite you to take part in the 14th International DOCOMOMO Conference that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 6th to 9th September 2016, under the theme Adaptive Re-use. The Modern Movement Towards the Future, by sending a proposal for organize a session.
Please submit your session proposal by June 28, 2015 to email@example.com.
All the instructions at www.docomomo2016.com.
Australia ICOMOS and DOCOMOMO Australia SYDNEY TALK SERIES 2015
Thursday 18 June 2015
WHO’S CHANDIGARH IS IT, AND HOW DO WE PROTECT IT?
A talk by Jennifer Hill and Gary O’Reilly of Architectural Projects
International, News, Publications
Docomomo Journal 52
Docomomo US 2015 Modernism in America Awards Winners
Docomomo Preservation Technology Dossier 13
To Docomomo Australia members,
Please find attached the Notice of the 2015 AGM and the associated papers.
The AGM is to be held on Saturday 16 May, 2015 at 11am.
Dr Scott Robertson
Docomomo Australia Inc
26 Station Street
Naremburn NSW 2065