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Harry Seidler Exhibition
Intercontinental Curatorial Project in Sofia, Bulgaria
10 Jan – 10 Feb 2013
Intercontinental Curatorial Project presents its ongoing traveling exhibition
‘Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design’ at Sofia’s VIVACOM Art Hall
Opening Day Program, 10 January:
18.00 – exhibition opens
18.15 – intro speech by architect and co-curator Georgi Stanishev
18.30 – lecture by curator Vladimir Belogolovsky
19.30 – drinks
Photo report from Seidler’s Inaugural exhibition in Tallinn, Estonia:
Harry Seidler – Featured Building
Australian Embassy Building, Paris, France
Architects: Harry Seidler, with Marcel Breuer and Pier Luigi Nervi
picture © Rebecca Breun
Australian Embassy Building Paris
Parisian building in the Modernist style.
The distinctively modernist embassy, and several pieces of its original furniture, was designed by Australian architect Harry Seidler, with Marcel Breuer and Pier Luigi Nervi being consulting designers. Like many works by Harry Seidler, the Embassy was built from precast modularised concrete, with a quartz and granite faced exterior and prestressed precast floors.
Harry Seidler – Architect
1923 – 2006
Harry Seidler was born in Vienna
In World War Two Harry Seidler escaped to England (he was the son of a prosperous Jewish merchant) when the Germany occupied Austria in 1938.
In England, Harry Seidler studied building and construction at the Cambridgeshire Technical School. In 1940, he was interned by the UK, and extradited to Quebec, Canada. He was released in 1941 on parole from internment to study architecture at the University of Manitoba.
Harry Seidler later studied under emigrant Bauhaus teachers in the USA – attending Harvard Graduate School of Design under Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer on a scholarship in 1945-46, during which time he did vacation work with Alvar Aalto in Boston drawing up plans for the Baker dormitory at MIT. Harry Seidler then attended Black Mountain College under the painter Josef Albers, and then worked for Marcel Breuer in New York. Harry Seidler also worked in the studio of the architect Oscar Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro.
Harry Seidler’s parents migrated to New South Wales, Australia and commissioned him to design their home which became known as the Rose Seidler House in Wahroonga, New South Wales (1948-50). This project was the first domestic residence to fully express the philosophy of the Bauhaus in Australia.
In the 1960s Harry Seidler again broke new ground with his radical design for the Australia Square project (1961-67). At the time Australia Square was the world’s tallest light weight concrete building. The design introduced the two principles of incorporating large public open spaces and circular forms to office towers in Australia.
Harry Seidler was a founding member of the Australian Architecture Association. In 1984 Harry became the first Australian to be elected a member of the Académie d’architecture, Paris and in 1987 was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. Over the years Harry Seidler was also awarded five Sulman Medals by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.
Harry Seidler – Key Buildings
1950: Rose Seidler House, Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia
1951: Marcus Seidler House, Turramurra, Sydney, Australia
1952: Hutter House, Turramurra, Sydney, Australia
1961: Blues Point Tower, McMahons Point, Sydney, Australia
1967: Australia Square Tower, Sydney, Australia
1962: Ski Lodge, Thredbo, Australia
1967: Harry and Penelope Seidler House, Killara, Sydney, Australia
1970: Condominium Apartments, Acapulco, Mexico
1975: MLC Centre, Sydney, Australia
1977: Embassy of Australia in Paris, France
1994: Harry Seidler Offices and Apartments, Milsons Point, Sydney, Australia
1982: Hillside Housing, Kooralbyn, Gold Coast, Australia
1984: Hong Kong Club Building, Hong Kong Central
1988: Grosvenor Place, Sydney, Australia
1986: Riverside Centre, Brisbane, Australia
1985: Garden Island Dockyard Workshop, Garden Island (Sydney), Australia
1989: 1 Spring Street, Melbourne, Australia
1990: Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill, Melbourne, Australia
1998: Horizon Apartments, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia
2000: Grollo Tower project, Melbourne, Australia – unbuilt
1998: Elizabeth Street Offices, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia
2002: Hochhaus Neue Donau, Vienna, Austria
2006: Meriton Tower, Sydney, Australia
2003: North Apartments, Sydney, Australia
2007: Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Sydney, Australia
2009: Alliance Française Building, Sydney, Australia
Harry Seidler – Key Awards
1966 Honorary Fellowship from the American Institute of Architects
1976 RAIA Gold Medal from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects
1987 Companion of the Order of Australia
1990 Gold Medal City of Vienna
1992 Officer of the Order of the British Empire
1996 Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects
1996 Austrian Badge of Honour for Science and Art
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Harry Seidler – Practice Information
Famous Australian architect – building designs in the Modern style
Harry Seidler : Modern Architect
Harry Seidler & Associates is still an active architecture office, based at Milsons Point, NSW, Australia.
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