Bowden House, Deakin ACT. Architect Harry Seidler, 1954. Photo Max Dupain 1954 © Penelope Seidler

DESIGN Canberra 2019 recognises the 100th anniversary of the iconic Bauhaus design movement which redefined what design could do for society and reflected the utopian ideas of its time. The Bauhaus advocated for an understanding of composition, colour theory and craftsmanship. Their lasting influence arguably may be less stylistic, and more of an attitude: principals of form follows function, simplicity, trust in materials and quality continue to influence design today. Traces of Bauhaus can be observed throughout our city, including in the built form of architecture by Harry Seidler (who studied under Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius).


SAT 16 NOV 2019, 14:00 – 15:30

Penelope and Polly Seidler speak on art at National Gallery of Australia and part of the gallery’s Bauhaus display.which was visually linked to or donated by Harry Seidler.

Public Conversation: Seidler, Canberra, Bauhaus

Penelope and Polly Seidler reflect on the legacy of acclaimed architect Harry Seidler and his Bauhaus connection, in conversation.
17 November, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
National Portrait Gallery

$25, Book now

Walking Tour: Seidler Stroll

Architect Greg Holman (Harry Seidler & Associates) will lead a tour through a selection of Harry Seidler’s iconic ‘Lakeview’ Townhouses. Bookings essential.

‘Lakeview’ is a group of 11 townhouses facing Lake Burley Griffin designed by Harry Seidler and Associates in 1982 and completed in 1984. The townhouses enjoy an uninterrupted northerly view of the Lake and Black Mountain, with the design of the group ensuring that each house is oriented toward the view.

The group houses exhibit a number of the central ideas present throughout Seidler’s illustrious career: the building as a radiating presence; large outdoor spaces in front; restrained, sober character and the relationship between straight and curved lines. They represent one of a small number of medium density housing projects in Canberra designed by Seidler.

17 November, 9:30am – 11:30am
$35, Book now