100 Collins street shopfront in danger

100 Collins Street, Melbourne’s first ‘glass box’ office building – shopfronts in danger. A win for the streetscape of Collins Street, Melbourne: all the shop windows of 100 collins street,designed by JA LaGerche, are intact from 1955 when the building opened. Submissions on the proposed design conversion to a bank were recently heard, including those from … read more…

Centenary Swimming Pools | 1959 | QLD

date of completion: 1959 architect: James Birrell address: Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill, city: Brisbane, Queensland type:Sport, Recreation (REC) The free-form layout of the complex – pools punctuating the concourse and tower restau- rant floating above – was influenced by the sculptor Mans Arp and the Constructivist Moholy-Nagy’s posthumous publication, ‘Vision in Motion’ (I947). Birrell intended … read more…

Academy of Science | 1958 | ACT

Australian National University, Canberra ACT 1958 Grounds, Romberg & Boyd   The Academy was Roy Grounds’ first large building. Grounds, with his first partner, Mewton, was recognized at an early age in 1928 when a recent graduate, Grounds eventually joined Frederic Romberg and Robyn Boyd in partnership in 1953. The client, a learned scientific body, … read more…

Sydney Opera House | 1963-1973 | NSW

  Sydney Opera House (stage 1 and 2) 1957 | 1963 (stage 1) architect: Jern Utzon 1963 | 1973 (stage 2) architects: Hall, Todd & Littlemore location: Dennelong Point, Sydney NSW   ‘In the Sydney Opera House Jern Utzon realised the great synthesis of earth and sky, landscape and city, vista and intimacy, thought and feeling, … read more…

Robin Boyd House II | 1957 | VIC

290 Walsh Street, South Yarra, Melbourne Victoria 1957 Grounds, Romberg & Boyd   This house, the second designed by one of Melbourne’s best-loved architects and architectural polemicists for his own family, was planned as a narrow rectangle with a catenary roof of planking on wire cables. The draped roof is the guiding idea of the … read more…

Ancher House III | 1957 | NSW

Sydney Ancher Bogota Avenue, Address: Neutral Bay, Sydney NSW Year: 1957 Arch: Sydney Ancher   Sydney Ancher was the winner of the 1975 Gold Medal for Architecture as one of the Australian pioneers of the Modern Movement. His houses in the landscape evoke the essence of Australian buildings by the use of horizontality, uncomplicated flat roofs … read more…

Sidney Myer Music Bowl | 1959 | VIC

Kings Domain, Melbourne Victoria 1956 | 1959 Yuncken Freeman Brothers   Named for its retailing benefactor, whose family took a keen interest in the project, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl was the first major purpose- built outdoor venue in Melbourne. The design, with its tent-like roof supported by two tapering cigar-shaped masts, resulted from project … read more…

CB Alexander College | 1965 | NSW

  CB Alexander College architects: Philip Cox & lan McKay date of completion: 1965 type Education location: Tocal, Paterson NSW address Tocal Road 2421, Tocal, Paterson NSW Designed for the Presbyterian Church of Australia in 1963 as a post-secondary level agricultural college it was the first major commission for Cox & McKay, establishing their design reputation … read more…

Woolley House I | 1962 | NSW

  Current name: Woolley House I Date of completion: 1962 Architect: Ken Woolley Address: 34 Bullecourt Avenue, Mosman, Sydney NSW The architect’s own house stepped down a steep, treed site in a harbourside suburb of Sydney showing the influence of nature and the site on this example of Sydney School architecture. The School was epitomised … read more…

Japan Architecture Tours

Robert Day is leading an architecture tour to Japan in association with the UIA (World Congress in Sept /Oct 2011. The tour will visit architectural sites of Docomomo interest as well as contemporary design. For further information see http://japanarchitecturetours.wordpress.com/ Download a flyer here: Tour Flyer UIA 11

DOCOMOMO International Conferences

The 11th International Conference was held in Mexico City, August 2010. Papers exploring modern architecture and its conservation through the theme of ‘Living in the Urban Modernity’ were delivered from many international perspectives. The conference location was the Faculty of Architecture of the National Autonomous University (UNAM), declared World Heritage by Unesco in 2007. Post-conference tours … read more…

Latest DOCOMOMO International Journal

Journal 42 – Summer 2010 ART & ARCHITECTURE Articles examine the synthesis between Art and Architecture in modernism. This theme was provoked by the setting of the  International Conference in Mexico City, 2010 on the UNAM campus, where buildings and mosaic murals work together to striking effect. Financial Australian members should have received Journal 42. To … read more…

Rose Seidler House Group | 1948-1956 | NSW

Rose Seidler House Group Rose Seidler House (1948-1950) Julian Rose House  (1949-1950) Donna and Brian Seidler House (1949-2008): former Marcus Seidler House (1949-1951) 1st addition (1958) 2nd addition (2008) Architects: Harry and Penelope Seidler Address: 69-71 Clissold Road, Sydney NSW Listing: Proposed for listing on the State Heritage Register by the RAIA Fiche Submitted by Noni Boyd, … read more…

Australia Square | 1967 | NSW

Australia Square Architects: Harry Seidler & Associates type Commerce date of commission 1960 date of completion 1967 listing/protection RAIA NSW Chapter Register of 20th Century Buildings of Significance current use Office Building Shops current condition Adapted address 264-278 George Street, Sydney 2000 gps 33º 51′ 53.64” S/151º 12′ 28.8” E Submitted by Jennifer Hill in … read more…

ICI House | 1955-1958 | VIC

ICI House Addr.: 1 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne, Victoria Dates: 1955-1958 A: Bates, Smart & McCutcheon Heritage: Docomomo, VicHeritage, NT, UIA ICI House was one of the first free-standing fully glazed curtain wall skyscrapers in Australia. As one of the nation’s most stylish commercial buildings, it represented the most refined example of Bates, Smart & … read more…

Wylde Street Apartments | 1948-1951 | NSW

Wylde Street Apartments design: Aaron Bolot location: Sydney – Australia type Housing date of commission 1948 date of completion 1951 address 17 Wylde Street Potts Point gps 33º 52′ 4.08” S/151º 13′ 31.8” E This apartment building, containing 38 apartments, was developed as an urban co- operative housing project, which is unusual in Australia. Bolot’s … read more…

Adelaide High School | 1940-1951 | SA

Current name of the building: Adelaide High School address: Corner West Terrace & Glover Avenue location: Adelaide SA date of commission: 1940 date of completion:1951 Architects: EB Fitzgerald & John Brogan Submitted by Scott Robertson, Louise Cox, et. al. in 2014 The design of the Adelaide High School was the result of national architectural competition … read more…

Stanhill | 1945-1950 | VIC

Stanhill Apartments 34 Queens Road, Melbourne Victoria 1945 | 1950 Frederick Romberg Stanhill is the largest of the distinguished series of apartment buildings designed by the Swiss-educated immigrant Romberg before he entered into partnership with Roy Grounds and Robin Boyd in 1953. Regarded as Romberg’s finest work, Stanhill is a highly modelled work of reinforced … read more…

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital | 1936-1941 | NSW

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Address: Gloucester House, Missendon Road, Camperdown, Sydney NSW Year: 1936 Arch: Stephenson, Meldrum & Turner   It is the garden front with its curved glazing to the south-east and the cantilevered balconies that are the distinctive features of Gloucester House. Although the building is discretely tucked away in the hospital grounds the … read more…