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Penelope Seidler AM will lead tours of the house and garden to discuss how she and Harry designed, built and lived in this groundbreaking home, recipient of the Wilkinson Award in 1967.
About the building
Although it is located in an established suburb, the Harry and Penelope Seidler House is sited in a steep valley adjacent to a natural bush reserve, ensuring privacy and seclusion. It looks out over unspoilt nature – a creek flowing along the bottom of the property becomes a gushing waterfall during rainy periods.
The garage is cantilevered over a rock ledge at the top of the site, directly off the street. The approach to the house is across an entry bridge, which leads into the topmost of four half levels that follow the slope of the land downwards. The top level accommodates kitchen, dining area and library; the second level the living space and main bedroom; the third, opening onto the garden, the children’s rooms and playroom; and the bottom a studio, utility room and guest suite with garden views. The aim of the design is to visually extend the horizontal freedom of space vertically by opening the various levels into each other – an open shaft between them rises two and a half storeys high.
The house has been lived in, without change, for 47 years. Some years after it was completed a swimming pool was built below the house.
Wilkinson Award, RAIA, 1967
Tour leader: Penelope Seidler AM
- Photographs may be taken only of the building’s exterior.
- Neither the site nor house are wheelchair accessible.
- Participants must leave all bags with an SLM representative at the entrance to the house.