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Go behind the closed doors of the inspiring homes of Sydney, explore their architecture and interior design, and discover what makes a house a home from the comfort of your very own.

Home ambassador

Aidan Anderson, Founder of The Local Project

We’re thrilled to have Aidan Anderson as our Home ambassador this year. As Founder of The Local Project, we look forward to sharing some of this year’s inspiring local architecture and design projects with you.

The Local Project began as an Instagram account in 2015, born out of Aidan’s experience as a furniture maker and desire to foster a connection between designers and the community at large. Since then, The Local Project has grown across a range of channels encompassing the website, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Print has been the most recent addition to The Local Project’s repertoire, with the publication launching in 2019 as a periodical that is released three times a year. Aidan is driven by his passion for growing authentic and engaged communities – a vision that remains the core of The Local Project.

Discover Aidan's top picks across some of Sydney’s most exciting residential projects.

Q&A with Aidan


 

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Two Point Perspective: the Glass House

Duration: 49:47 min

In this podcast, we go to a well-known Sydney house from the 1950s, but one very few people will have visited.

It's the Glass House by Bill and Ruth Lucas. We're going to be meeting current residents, Anthony Gill and Sarah McSpadden, and also Peter Lonergan - something of a Lucas expert and the somewhat reluctant custodian of the Bill Lucas archive.

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Paradise on Earth

Duration: 52 min

Paradise on Earth curator Dr Anne Watson is joined by other Griffin experts, architects, and current and former residents of Griffin-designed homes to discuss the experience of living in the experimental suburb of Castlecrag, and the significance and enduring impact of Marion Mahony Griffin’s work in Australia.


 

At home with...

See inside three inspiring Sydney houses with our new ‘At home with …’ videos. Go behind closed doors and hear from the owners and architects of these special places as they share their insights into what makes their house a home.

  • Amanda Blair and Richard Leplastrier at the Tom Uren House

    In 1988, architect Richard Leplastrier completed this lovingly crafted house for Labor leader and environmentalist Tom Uren. In 2020 we sit down with Leplastrier and the current owner Amanda Blair, to discuss the house and the architect’s ongoing connection to it. 

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  • Clinton Cole at the Welcome to the Jungle House

    Architect and owner Clinton Cole’s home explores the symbiotic relationship between architecture, landscape, sustainability and food production. Cole shares some of the unique features of this remarkable building with us. 

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  • Penelope Seidler at the Harry and Penelope Seidler Killara House

    The Harry and Penelope Seidler Killara House was designed by Harry and Penelope as their family home and completed in 1967. Take a rare glimpse inside this beautiful home with Penelope Seidler AM as she shares some of her favourite spaces and memories.  

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Past highlights

Browse our gallery of past Sydney Open homes and apartments.


 

From the SLM collections

Browse some stories about Sydney homes, including decoration and conservation and documentation, all from Sydney Living Museums extensive collections, in particular our Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection (CSL&RC).

  • Details and decoration

    This tile came from Duckenfield Park House, a now demolished mansion built around 1855 near Morpeth in the Hunter River district of New South Wales. This story and many other appear in our Collection Bites from the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection (CSL&RC) and our house museum collections.

    Read more Collection Bites

  • Rooms on view: SIDA’s exhibitions, 1953-1986

    The Society of Interior Designers of Australia (SIDA) used exhibition rooms as an effective marketing and education tool, with ‘rooms’ designed by an individual SIDA member as an idealised space often for a named personality.

    Read more about SIDA

  • Repairs and conservation

    Richmond Villa is an early Australian colonial house standing in Kent Street, Sydney, originally located on Macquarie Street. It was carefully recorded and every stone numbered prior to relocation, on 10 November 1975. This painted plaster panel was salvaged from the house during this process and is now in our CSL&RC collection.

    Read more about Richmond Villa

  • Recorded for the Future: Documenting NSW homes

    How do we better understand the history of the homes we live in? The Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection (CSL&RC) answers this question, by collecting historic materials connected to the home and by photographically recording present-day houses and gardens in New South Wales.

    Browse Recorded for the Future


 

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