Events, News, Talk

Docomomo Victoria Slide Night and Meeting / July 15


Please join us to see some pics from recent travels to Modern sites and buildings of interest.

Speakers include Marika Neustupny, Nigel Lewis, David Brand and Fooi-Ling Khoo, and Hannah Lewi talking about buildings in Italy, Japan and other surprises.

We will also hold our Docomomo Victoria informal meeting. All members and interested friends of Docomomo very welcome.
Drinks and nibbles with gold coin donation!

6.00 on Wednesday 15th July
at the Robin Boyd Foundation, Walsh Street, South Yarra.



Melbourne FILM: Barbicania

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About 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 ]

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Open House Melbourne 2015


The I.C.I. House (now Orica House), was in the Open House list of visitable buildings in 2014. ph. Wolfgang Sievers, 1958.

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

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NGV Modernist events July: NGV planning drawings and Talk on Finnish Design

ph: Wolfgang Sievers, 1968 (source: NLV)

ph: Wolfgang Sievers, 1968 (source: NLV)

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

Speaker Paul Reynolds, Shaw Research Library Manager, NGV

NGV International
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

Speaker Dr Matthew Martin, Curator, International Decorative Arts & Antiquities

July 24th / 12.30pm–1pm
NGV International
Level 2, Decorative Arts Passage
Hours and location ›

Booking is not required.


Ph +61 3 8662 1555
10am–5pm daily


Seidler’s Thurlow House (NSW) on Sale

© Michael Nicholson Architect-designed house For Sale: 9 Stuart Crescent, Blakehurst, Sydney NSW 2221. Thurlow House by Harry Seidler & Associates. See inside at

© Michael Nicholson
Architect-designed house For Sale: 9 Stuart Crescent, Blakehurst, Sydney NSW 2221. Thurlow House by Harry Seidler & Associates. See inside at

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 AustraliaIconic 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 –

Notice of upcoming sale (Pdf)

International, News

INT-News / Recreating the Brutalist Playground


The Brutalist Playground
10 June TO 16 August 2015


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.

Visit the Riba Web Site: The Brutalist Playground


News, Publications

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
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9780646936598
Dewey Number: 725.099431
Price: $34.95

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International, News

INT-News / Modernist Preservation

Richard Rogers calls for architects to help save "exceptional" Robin Hood Gardens

Architect Richard Rogers has urged the architectural community to support the preservation of the Brutalist Robin Hood Gardens estate, which he has described as post-war Britain’s most important social housing development. More » (De Zeen Magazin)

Page\Park appointed to restore fire-damaged Glasgow School of Art

Scottish studio Page\Park Architects has won a bid to restore the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Glasgow School of Art building, which was devastated by fire last summer. More » (De Zeen Magazin)

Restored Adolf Loos-designed interiors open to the public in Pilsen

From April 2015 visitors to the Czech city of Pilsen will be able to visit three restored interiors designed by influential Modernist architect Adolf Loos in the early 20th century (+ slideshow). More » (De Zeen Magazin)

International, News

INT-NEWS – Award restoration: Viipuri Library by Alvar Aalto,


Awarded restoration of the Viipuri Library by Alvar Aalto,

Vyborg, Russia, 1927-1935

Best restoration of the year 2013 of the Art Newspaper Russia.
World Monuments Fund / Knoll Modernism Price 2014.
Europa Nostra Award 2015 / Conservation.
This library building, a masterpiece of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), is located in Vyborg, Russia. It was built during the time of Finnish sovereignty (1918 to 1940-44), before the Finnish city of Viipuri was annexed by the former USSR and its Finnish name changed to Vyborg. The library was built from 1933 to 1935 and is one of the major examples of 1930s functionalist architectural design.The major restoration project, which has been carried out mainly by Finnish professionals but with whole-hearted cooperation and main part of financing from their Russian partners, aimed to prevent further deterioration, to renew basic facilities and to restore the original architecture. The library had suffered from serious neglect in the war years, and was largely rebuilt in 1955-1961. There was concern that the library would disappear altogether, but since the 1990s it has been possible, with the help of the original drawings and other working documents conserved in Alvar Aalto Foundation, Finland, to renew stage by stage some of the spaces. In 2010 the Russian government decided to finance the completion of the restoration and in 2013 the fully restored library was inaugurated.The restoration of the library has been awarded with several internationally renowned prizes:More details: website.[Text by Europa Nostra]

International, News

INT-NEWS / The Measure of Man: Le Corbusier in Paris

(L) G. Thiriet, Empreinte du Modulor dans le béton. (R) J. Ac, Empreinte du Modulor dans le béton, Unité d’habitation, Nantes, Rezé © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015

(L) G. Thiriet, Empreinte du Modulor dans le béton. (R) J. Ac, Empreinte du Modulor dans le béton, Unité d’habitation, Nantes, Rezé © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015

Le Corbusier | The measures of man

Centre Pompidou, Paris –  to 3 August 2015, from 11h00 to 21h00

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Conferences, News

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

All the instructions at

Conferences, News

14th International Docomomo Conference – Lisbon 2016

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14th International DOCOMOMO Conference

The Modern Movement Towards the Future
Lisbon, Portugal
1-12 September 2016

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Events, News, NSW, Talk




Thursday 18 June 2015


A talk by Jennifer Hill and Gary O’Reilly of Architectural Projects

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International, News, Publications

Docomomo Journal 52

Join Docomomo Australia to receive the latest issue of the Docomomo Journal! 

Docomomo Journal 52 (2015/1)
Reuse, Renovation and Restoration

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Media, News

Melbourne / Film: 17 Jun – Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture / Lina Bo Bardi: Together


Clockwise from Top Left: Annabelle Selldorf (Photo: Dean Kauman); Kathryn Gustafson; Marianne McKenna (Photo: Sandy Nicholson); Odille Decq (Photo: Mazen Saggar); Farshid Moussavi

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International, News

Docomomo US 2015 Modernism in America Awards Winners

2015 Modernism in America Awards Winners
DATE: 28/4/2015
docomomo US has the pleasure to announce eleven selected winners of the 2015 Modernism in America Award program. These exceptional projects are emblematic of the work going on all over the country and represent buildings and building typologies of postwar society in the United States. The winners include:

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Docomomo Preservation Technology Dossier 13

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2015 AGM

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

docomomo australia inc agm 2015