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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



Residents buy off-plan to tower above Chatswood

9 Feb

9 Feb 11 by Kat Adamski

CHATSWOOD’S newest apartment blocks will soar 260m above sea level – the North Shore’s highest.  The $450 million Chatswood Interchange project, which went into receivership in 2008, is back on track after it was revived by the Sydney’s Galileo Group.

The highest of the three towers would be 140m, which would make it the North Shore’s tallest.

Liquidator CRI Chatswood sold the rights to build the three towers to Galileo, which teamed with ISPT, one of Australia’s largest unlisted property funds, to buy the site late last year.

The consortium is relying on off-the-plan apartment sales so construction can start on two of the towers as early as June.

They will be built above Chatswood station.

In the past, Willoughby Council general manager Nick Tobin has been critical of the site, saying the State Government had approved the residential towers without contributing to the public services and amenities that 1000 residents would need.

Metro View (31 storeys) and Metro Spire (42 storeys) will be built on the north-eastern edge of the already completed retail podium, which is unleased.

Together they will provide 292 apartments, with prices from $488,000 for one-bedroom units to a penthouse for $1.725 million.  The third and highest tower, Metro Grand, at 56 storeys, would follow on the western side of the site with 261 apartments.

Willoughby Mayor Pat Reilly said he was disappointed that the residential component was progressing before the retail podium negotiations were finalised.  “(The overall development) was approved by the State Government beyond our control, but we believe the retail component should be the main concern,” Cr Reilly said.

“While council has advocated for an office building, the location of the three towers in the heart of the Chatswood CBD has assisted us in meeting the government’s increased dwelling requirements.”

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