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Harry Seidler

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  The Seidler office in Milson's Point, seen from the memorial park, "Harry's Park".
  Harry's infamous proposals for the Rocks, subjected to Greenbans in the early 70's, And the north side...
the controversial Architect died 9th march 2006/ age 82
one thing ive always admired about harry is that he likes his projects BIG.
He is very innovative and likes to use shutters and have large foyers.
He has at least one of his buildings in each city in australia.
I admired him when i was younger because all of his buildings seem to be a new tallest!

Seidler was born in Vienna in 1923 but fled to England in 1938. He was interned in a camp in Canada during the war and on his release stayed in the there to study, finishing his work at Harvard. In 1948 he came to Sydney.

harry loved his models

ill start with his swang song. the 14storey office tower for French Alliance in Clarence st, sydney currently uc.

i love his pool in Ultimo
i swim there most days

Australias tallest apartments 1961-69
Blues Point tower (it was to be the prototype for a huge redevelopment of the Rocks area).

his tallest tower
228m MLC

some say his great work
Australia Square tower-1967

City centre tower earry design for MLC

Working in Australia Square last year gave me a real appreciation for Harry. I hated my job, but liked working in the building so much I didn't want to quit. Walking into the lobby every morning almost made up for the despair I felt when I sat down at my desk a minute later!

Comrade Tiger

I think some of my favourite Seidler projects are the ones he designed for himself.

Harry and Penelope Seidler House, Killara
This has got to be one of the best houses in Australia, and quite different from Siedler's norm. I couldn't find any decent pictures of the interior (there were a whole bunch in an issue of MONUMENT last year), but it looks like a great place to live.

More here:

Harry Seidler Offices and Apartment, Milsons Point
It doesn't look much from the harbour side, but from the street this place is fantastic. It's the sort of building that you just have to stop and look at.

The interior is just as good.



Berman House, Joadja
He didn't design this one for himself, but man, it's awesome.

I don't think Shell House is all that bad, either. It's got a great shape, it's different to everything else in Melbourne, and, like all Seidler buildings, has great details. Look at this:

Image of Seidler's first house in Canberra.
Interior view of Harry Seidler’s first commission outside Sydney—11 Northcote Crescent, Deakin.
Harry Seidler and Associates, 1951-52.
Image courtesy of Harry Seidler and Associates.

Harry Seidler
Harry Seidler was born in Vienna in 1923, arriving in Australia in 1948 from the United States. He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading architects of the modern movement and the first architect in Australia to fully express the principles of the Bauhaus. In Australia and overseas he has designed many important residential and commercial buildings, introducing new ideas and construction techniques and making a major contribution to the architecture of Sydney. He was awarded the RAIA Gold Medal in 1976 and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Gold Medal in 1996.

Background and training
His background and training was unlike that of local architects: he had studied under Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer at the Harvard School of Design and at Black Mountain College in North Carolina with Joseph Albers. He also worked with Breuer at his New York practice and briefly with Oscar Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro. Seidler decided to establish himself in Sydney in 1948 after visiting his parents, who had moved there.

Early residential work
Seidler’s first house was the Rose Seidler House at Turramurra (1948). The glass walled, elevated cubiform house was revolutionary and introduced the Bauhaus principles of Gropius and Breuer into Australia for the first time. Seidler continued to present these concepts to the Australian public over the following years with a series of extremely well detailed houses, executed either in the box-like form of Le Corbusier or the bi-nuclear ‘H’ plan of Marcel Breuer, with living and sleeping areas separated by an entry hall. Along the way many important battles were fought and won with councils over issues relating to design (the butterfly roof), planning and zoning regulations. Experimentation with different forms was made possible with the introduction of advanced structural techniques. Since the early 1960s the geometric curve has been a recurring theme in Seidler’s work, with the quadrant being a favoured form. This can be seen to good effect in the later houses detailed on Seidler’s website.

With his apartment building projects, Seidler introduced ideas new to Sydney and Australia. Based largely on European and American apartment types, the split access, interlocking units with a divided plan, double height living rooms and mezzanine floors, took advantage of Sydney’s spectacular views from all main rooms. The Arlington Apartments at Edgecliff are a good example. The carefully composed facades of these buildings display abstract, asymmetrical, balanced patterns and are influenced by the European art movements of the 1920s and 1930s.

Larger developments
Seidler’s office building developments in Australia and overseas are significant. In Sydney they were, in a number of instances, the first major buildings to contribute usable, public spaces back to the city, with the integrated development of office and retail space, parking and a public plaza. One of the first and most important of these was Australia Square (1961), which also saw the start of a fruitful partnership with the Italian engineer Pier Luigi Nervi. It represented an advanced use of concrete, with the tower constructed of a poured in place concrete core with pre-cast units serving as both formwork and finish for the surrounding concrete frame.

Other notable works in Australia
Rose Seidler House, Turramurra, NSW, 1948 
Rose House, Turramurra, NSW, 1949 
Waks House I, Northbridge, NSW, 1949–51 
Meller House, Castlecrag, NSW, 1950 
Lowe House, Mosman, NSW, 1950 
Williamson House, Mosman, NSW, 1951 
Hutter House, Turramurra, NSW, 1952 
Ithaca Gardens apartments, Elizabeth Bay, NSW, 1960 
Lend Lease House, Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW, 1961 
Australia Square, Sydney, NSW, 1961 
Blues Point Tower apartments, North Sydney, NSW, 1961 
Muller House, Port Hacking, NSW, 1963 
Arlington apartments, Edgecliff, NSW, 1965–66 
Harry and Penelope Seidler House, Killara, NSW, 1966–67 
Gissing House, Wahroonga, NSW, 1971–72 
MLC Centre, Sydney, NSW, 1972 
Seidler Offices and Apartments, Milsons Point, NSW, 1973 
Ringwood Cultural Centre, Ringwood, VIC, 1978 
Grosvenor Place, Sydney, NSW, 1982 
Waverley Civic Centre, Waverley, VIC, 1982 
Hannes House, Cammeray, NSW, 1983 
Capita Centre, Sydney, NSW, 1984 
Shell Headquarters, Melbourne, VIC, 1985 
QVI Office Tower, Perth, WA, 1987 
Hamilton House, Vaucluse, NSW, 1989 
Horizon Apartments, Darlinghurst, NSW, 1990 
Meares House, Birchgrove, NSW, 1994 
Gilhotra House, Hunters Hill, NSW, 1995 
Berman House, Joadja, NSW, 1996 

Peter Blake, Architecture for the New World: The Work of Harry Seidler, Sydney, 1973 
Jennifer Taylor, Australian Architecture Since 1960, RAIA, 1990 

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Architect Harry Seidler dies

Architect Harry Seidler, who designed some of Australia's most iconic buildings, has died at the age of 82.

Mr Seidler worked mainly in Sydney, designing many iconic buildings including the Rose Seidler House on Sydney's North Shore and Australia Square in Sydney's central business district.

Outside of Sydney he was also responsible for Shell Tower in Melbourne and Brisbane's Riverside.

Many of Mr Seidler's buildings attracted controversy, particularly the Blues Point Tower on Sydney Harbour which continues to stir mixed public emotions.

Mr Seidler won a long list of prizes, including five Sulman medals.

Mr Seidler was born in Vienna in 1923 but left after the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938.

He went to school in the United Kingdom and attended Harvard University in the US, where he began his career.

He was lured to Australia in his 20s to design a house for his parents who had moved from the US in 1948.

In 2004 Mr Seidler told ABC Television he wanted to be an architect from an early age.

"I used to stand watching public housing being built in Vienna as a boy on the way back from school ... and I just thought that that's a fascinating, interesting thing to do," he said.

Mr Seidler suffered a massive stroke on Anzac Day last year.

Mr Seidler continued to work right up until his death, with one on going project in Vienna and one in Sydney.

President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Bob Nation says Mr Seidler has left Australian architecture an enormous legacy.

"He's had a huge impact on a number of generations of architects in the most substantial way," Mr Nation said.

"Not everyone agreed with his position but I think he was held in the highest esteem and the greatest respect to do with the pursuit of his art."

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