Iconic Australian Houses

Iconic Australian Houses, curated by Karen McCartney and presented in partnership with Architecture Foundation Australia is a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years.

The exhibition explores the design and building of these houses, as well as the experiences of those who live in them, and illustrates the emergence of a distinctively Australian approach to home design. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and filmed interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle.

The exhibition includes a sneak peek at one of the award-winning Australian houses featured in Karen McCartney’s forthcoming book, Superhouse: architecture & interiors beyond the everyday, which looks at stand-out contemporary architecture from across the world.

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12 April 2014 - 17 August 2014


Exterior view of Rose Seidler House
Rose Seidler House. Photo © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums

Hear some of Australia’s most renowned architects, academics and designers talk about Iconic Australian Houses.


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L-R: Lindsay Johnston, Professor Brit Andresen, Glenn Murcutt, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury. Image courtesy the Bundanon Trust

A unique opportunity to meet four of Australia’s most respected and influential architects – Glenn Murcutt, Professor Brit Andresen, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury.

Iconic Australian Houses focus tours

Image of timber chair and cupboards inside Marchall House
Marshall House, architect Bruce Rickard. Photo © Michael Wee

Join us for this wonderful opportunity to see inside some examples of iconic Australian houses that are rarely open to the public.

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