Iconic Australian Houses - the season begins

Kicking off a new season of exciting exhibitions and events on April 12 will be Iconic Australian Houses, at the Museum of Sydney, exploring 30 iconic architect-designed 20th century houses from the past 60 years, and presented in partnership with the Architecture Foundation of Australia.

Joining Sydney Living Museums as Guest Curator for the exhibition is Karen McCartney, former Editor of InsideOut magazine and author of the best-selling books 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses and 70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses, whose considered insights and knowledge bring the vision, vitality and warmth of these buildings to the fore. Karen’s own home, designed by leading Sydney architect the late Bruce Rickard, the 1967 Marshall House is also included in the exhibition.

“These houses were chosen because of their innovation, design and response to climate and place,” says Karen. “They are the best representation of the extraordinary calibre of architects and thinking that Australia has produced over the past six decades. The whole process of putting together the exhibition has been really fascinating. I’ve loved working with the highly professional team at Sydney Living Museums and it’s been a wonderful learning experience.”

For the exhibition, the houses are brought to life through vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and filmed interviews with the architects who designed the homes and the people who commissioned and live in them. 

“These are bold houses,” says Sydney Living Museums Assistant Director, Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon. “Karen’s great quality, and the reason we are so thrilled to be working with her, is her special talent for taking these innovative, and sometimes monumental, homes and revealing the intimate inner-life of these structures, the fascinating details.”

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Supporting the exhibition is a series of talks featuring Karen McCartney, Peter Maddison (Grand Designs Australia), Fenella Kernebone (By Design), architect Peter Stutchbury and Professor Philip Goad among others. Topics explored: Making Iconic Houses, Living in Iconic Houses, Designing Iconic Houses and Protecting Iconic Houses.

A self-drive open house tour program of iconic homes in Sydney’s suburbs is also planned to coincide with the exhibition dates.

 

Written by Penny Barker for Sydney Living Museums. 

Karen’s great quality, and the reason we are so thrilled to be working with her, is her special talent for taking these innovative, and sometimes monumental, homes and revealing the intimate inner-life of these structures, the fascinating details.

Caroline Butler-Bowdon

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