Join architect Colin Griffiths for a tour of the Kalowski House, designed by Seidler & Associates in 1957 and upgraded by Colin in 2008.

Colin will talk about the key elements of the house, its layout and response to the site. He will also draw on his working relationship with Harry Seidler between 1954 and 1981.

About the building
 ‘The problem was to design a house in a treeless built-up suburb without any view. A house on the corner site, in order to provide for outdoor living, had to turn within itself. This was achieved using an enclosed courtyard and screen walls.

‘With the absence of natural vegetation, materials and finishes were chosen that result in a design dependent on sharp contrasts of black shadows on crisp, light, synthetic finishes. The exterior is of roughcast cement render on brick, painted light grey, with one main wall of dark green contrasting with the smooth white render of the concrete access stair and the white fascia. Bright colour accents on the entrance further the contrast with the grey natural concrete block courtyard walls. A pattern is introduced in the exterior walls, which are pierced below floor level to provide ventilation.’

From H Seidler, Houses and Interiors 1, 1948–70, The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 2003, p114

Design/Completion: 1957 - 1958

Additional information          

  • Photographs may be taken only of the building’s exterior.
  • This site is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Participants will be required to remove their shoes before entering the house.

Bookings Essential

General $40
Concession/Members $35

WHEN & WHERE

SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2014 10AM–10.45AM
SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2014 11AM–11.45AM
SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2014 1PM–1.45PM

 

Dover Heights

Exact location to be confirmed at time of booking