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AAA Self Drive tour: At Home (NSW)

Australian Architecture Association

Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (AEDT)

AAA Self Drive tour: At Home (NSW)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Bird Public Mar 25, 2019 A$35.00 A$2.83
Public Not Started A$45.00 A$3.32

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'At Home' 

AAA will be opening and visiting a house in Castlecrag by Ellen Woolley Architect.  Ellen Woolley Architect's practice is based in Sydney and their projects are often found on challenging sites, working with bushfire, extreme topographies, environmental conservation, sustainabilityand heritage.   

The house is constrained. It sits on a narrow platform, between two close coupled cliffs front and back, and is further penned in on both sides by long large houses. The first cliff is just behind the front street boundary. The second cliff, to their rear garden and beyond, is to the bushland. This communal backyard slips down to a small creek and onto Harold Reid Reserve’s stunning lower north shore ecology. In the centre of their garden sits a monumental Angophora, surrounded by the daily work of the owner, a local bee keeper.

The house pursues a civic social purpose. From the public street front it breaks the previously continuous street frontage wall twice 

First it offers both a green plateau (roof garden) that reveals Harold Reid’s bushland. Second it carves out a central void down to the sandstone bedrock heart that is the narrow platform the house sits on, allowing the passer-by to connect from the earth, to the framed Angophora beyond and up to the sky through the house’s heart. This can be screened at the owners’ discretion for greater privacy. 

So there is a spatial flow created through the heart of the home, onto its natural bedrock base and out to the bushland. This does two things. It directly connects us to the natural context, but it also allows for central ‘landscape room’ focus with the house being able to ‘turn its back’ to the two side boundaries and create a private light filled oasis for every inhabited room (bar the ‘bee’ one that necessitates complete removal). And so whilst the house on one hand is centexturally responsible, it has concurrently a very intimate and private interior. These co-exiting intents unite in the aim to ameliorate and even improve our interference with nature and tries to better connect us to this remarkable ecology and landscape in a more mindful way.

The construction is essentially two giant ‘esky’ pavilions (polyisocyanurate) clad in long life thermal mass (concrete), with literally the bedrock earth in the middle. The stair folds, like filigree, across this void.

Instructions

Please arrive at the start point NO EARLIER than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.  The project will be opened from 11am to 12noon with the design process being explained.  You are welcome to come anytime within the specified time. Event is not wheelchair accessible, children under 12 not permitted and no pets allowed. Tickets are non-refundable

Booking Instructions for AAA Members

Enter your AAA membership number (Including the 3-letter prefix) to the promotional code box and an additionalticket type for members will be shown. 

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Street Address to be emailed c.o.b.29.3.19

Castlecrag, NSW 2068
Australia

Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (AEDT)


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