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Harry Seidler will never be forgotten

1 Dec

25 Nov 11, Emma Page

Harry’s Park at Milsons Point.


PENELOPE Seidler endured a tough and expensive battle to save a public park in Milsons Point from becoming a seven-storey development.

In 2006 she paid $5 million to Multiplex to acquire the right to protect the state-owned site as a park for perpetuity.

This month the harbourside green space was officially renamed “Harry’s Park” after her late husband, Australian architect Harry Seidler.

The private ceremony on Thursday, November 10, attracted dignitaries, business and community leaders including North Sydney MP Joe Hockey, North Sydney Mayor Genia McCaffery and Australian author David Malouf.

“I’m very happy about it – it looks fantastic, it blends very nicely with the surroundings,” Mrs Seidler told the Daily.

“I’m sure Harry would have been thrilled.”

Penelope and Polly Seidler at the opening of Harry’s Park.


The park, which boasts 180-degree views of Sydney Harbour, was designed using elements and materials that characterised Seidler’s work.

These include “smooth white and textured grey finishes, strong geometric forms and soft irregular planting”, project architect and Harry Seidler & Associates partner, John Curro said.

It also features a Robert Owen designed bright blue metal sculpture `Tracing Light – for Harry 3D/4D’.

Milsons Point has special significance to Mrs Seidler as her father grew up in Kirribilli with his brothers and sang in the choir at St Johns Anglican church in Kirribilli.

Harry’s Park

* New public park at the corner of Glen and Dind Streets, Milsons Point commemorating iconic Australian architect Harry Seidler

* In 2006, Harry’s wife Penelope Seidler paid $5 million to Multiplex to save the block from a multi-storey development

* The state government had previously given Multiplex a 99-year lease for $1

* The park was partly funded by a $150,000 grant from North Sydney Council

* It adjoins the 1973 Seidler Office building

* Famous Seidler designs include Rose Seidler House, MLC Centre, Australia Square, the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and the controversial Blues Point Tower



Australia's "best" architecture- 2009 awards.

15 May

Here we have a collection of the same old tired 60s-70s forms going to the same old bunch of people. Enjoy!

01. The Robyn Boyd award for residential house architecture … Freshwater House, Harbord, NSW, designed by Chenchow Little Architects. Photo: John Gollings

02. National architecture award for residential house architecture … Zac’s House, Sorrento, Victoria, designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects. Photo: Brett Boardman

03. National architecture award for residential house architecture … Whale Beach House, Whale Beach, NSW, designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects. Photo: Brett Boardman

04. National commendation for residential house architecture … Arm End House, Opossum Bay, Tasmania, designed by Stuart Tanner Architects. Photo: Brett Boardman

05. The Frederick Romberg award for residential architecture (multiple housing) … Balencea Apartments, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, VIC, designed by Wood Marsh Architecture in association with Sunland Design. Photo: Peter Bennetts

06. The national commendation for residential architecture (multiple housing) … Apartments in Cottesloe, WA, designed by Blane Brackenridge. Photo: Robert Frith

07. National award for small project architecture … Polygreen, Northcote, VIC, designed by Bellemo and Cat. Photo: Peter Hyatt

08. The Harry Seidler award for commercial architecture … The ivy hotel, Sydney, NSW, designed by Woods Bagot in collaboration with Merivale Group and Hecker Phelan and Guthrie. It also received a national award for urban design. Photo: Trevor Mein

09. National award for commercial architecture … Sussan and Sportgirl’s headquarters, Cremorne, VIC, designed by Durbach Block Architects. Photo: Patrick Bingham Hall

10. National award for commercial architecture … Bendigo Bank headquarters, Bendigo, VIC, designed by BVN Architecture and Gray Puksand. It also received a commendation for sustainable architecture. Photo: John Gollings

11. National commendation for commercial architecture … Warry Street Studio, Fortitude Valley, QLD, designed by HASSELL. Photo: Dianna Snape


Exposed: artist's plan to move Opera House to Cockatoo Island amid a biennale blast

15 Feb


Exploding cars … the artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s large-scale sculpture to be displayed on Cockatoo Island.

Adam Fulton SMH February 10, 2010

A FINNISH artist’s abstract photographs of the Sydney Opera House and other landmark buildings across the city are to be displayed in large projections on Cockatoo Island as part of the coming Biennale of Sydney. Continue reading

Distinguished already, as the last Seidler design

22 Jan

CATHARINE MUNRO  July 25, 2009 . SMH

Signature curves…Joel Hakim inside the “very, very special building.” Photo: Edwina Pickles

THE last design of the late Harry Seidler has been built. The doors of the new Alliance Francaise centre in Clarence Street open on Monday, closing a chapter in Australian architectural history.

“This is the last to be finished,” said the Bauhaus student’s widow, Penny Seidler. “There’s none on the boards now that he designed.”

True to form, the building is taller than some wanted, although it goes nowhere near reaching the scale of his landmark skyscrapers Australia Square, the MLC Centre, Grosvenor Place and Horizon Apartments. Continue reading