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NSW: AAA Announces A New Tour of Woollahra

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The Australian Architecture Association has some exciting new walking tours in the pipeline for 2017.

The new year program kicks off on Saturday 11 February with a brand new AAA walking tour exploring the architecture of Woollahra. 

Wandering through leafy streets laid down upon lands once inhabited by first nation peoples the Cadigal clan - tour participants will discover some of the numerous architect designed residences located in the area.

AAA volunteer tour guide and registered architect Ben Gerstel, will facilitate your experience of both exceptional and controversial buildings of the early to late twentieth century and how design has evolved within the area into the twenty-first century.

Featured on the tour are designs by well known Australian architects such as Don Gazzard, Neville Gruzman, Glen Murcutt and Alex Tzannes, as well as gems designed by less recognised architects. 

Don’t miss out on joining the launch of the tour, save the date Saturday 11 February 2017 in your calendars now! Tour details will be announced in 2017.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Residence designed by Don Gazzard
  • Image Source: Design In Steel, 1976

Discover Brickworks Building Products Inex Boards

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Brickworks Building Products is one of the nation’s leading providers of building products. It’s brand Austral Bricks is a proud supporter and sponsor of the Australian Architecture Association.

One of the newest range of Brickworks Building Products is Inex Boards.

These boards are made from pure, natural mineral magnesite. They are low in carbon, high performing and their flexural strength is equal to most timbers. These boards can either be used for floor or wall panel systems and come in different sized panels and a number of attractive finishes.

Inex Boards products have a high strength and are light weight. They can be utilised to form the substrate for floor finishes such as vinyl, carpet and timber. The boards have tongue and groove edges and can be used both in and outdoors. They also cover the complete bushfire BAL levels from BAL 12.5 up to flame zone. They are recyclable and non –toxic.

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Inex Boards also make a variety of decking products. Inex Decking is a decking product that looks like conventional timber decking and has rounded edges. Inex Maxideck is a product 5mm x 120mm thereby reducing installation time. Inex Lamideck can be used for lightweight pedestrian walkways and lightweight bridges. It’s concentrated liveload is up to 13kN and a uniformly distributed load up to 75 Pa.

Discover the possibilities for your next building project by clicking here to visit the Inex Boards website.

  • Article: Ben Gestel
  • Image 1: Inex Wallboard installed in the Archiblox Carbon Positive Prefab designed by architects Bill and Christine McCorkell (Photographer: Tim Ross)
    Images Source: Inex Boards
  • Image 2: Inex Decking
    Image Source: Twitter

NSW: Join the Last Walking Tour For 2016

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This weekend the last AAA walking tour for 2016 takes place. To celebrate another year providing unique architectural walking tours the Australian Architecture Association is offering tickets for half price. Explore the inner northern suburb McMahons Point with an experienced AAA volunteer guide.

Discover the area’s colourful history and landmarks. You will be shown a wonderful variety of housing types including the well known and controversial Blues Point Tour, which was recently featured on ABC TV in ‘Streets Of Your Town’ and ‘Harry Seidler: Modernist’. Experience a new perspective on the city from a lookout once utilised by famous landscape painter Lloyd Rees.

Location: Meet at Blues Point Hotel, 116 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point NSW 2060
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Date: Saturday 10 December 2016
Tickets: $10 (Public) / $10 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Blues Point Hotel
  • Image Source: Australian Architecture Association

WA: Home Design Feature - Kingspan Insulation

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This month 'All About Architecture' explores a project in Western Australia that utilises products manufactured by Australian Architecture Association sponsor - Kingspan Insulation. Multi-Award Winning 'Bedfordale House' was designed by Suzanne Hunt Architect and built by Gransden Construction, with Kingspan Insulation playing a pivotal role in bringing the residential masterpiece to reality.

Winner of the 2015 HIA Australian Home of the Year Award, as well as the Australian Custom Built Home of the Year Award, ‘Bedfordale House’ is a Japanese-inspired 864 square metre masterpiece set in a semi-rural suburb in southeast Perth.

Every element of this energy-efficient, multi-zonal residence was hand selected to deliver world-class aesthetics and performance.

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With a heavy emphasis on raw timber and stonework, the sleek and uncluttered lines of the construction and its interior design called for a subtle insulation treatment to maximize internal space and retain the simplicity and lightness of the walling. The solution was Kingspan Kooltherm® K8 Cavity Board supplied by Kingspan Insulation.

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These incredibly efficient, narrow-profile rigid insulation boards occupy little lateral space, and they deliver higher thermal performance than any other commonly available cavity insulation product. Thanks to the minimalist characteristics of the Kingspan Kooltherm® K8 boards, Architect Suzanne Hunt, from Suzanne Hunt Architect, and builder George Allingham, from Grandsen Construction, were able to harness the full simplicity of the Japanese design and achieve energy efficiency targets without large wall cavities.

“Our Bedfordale project introduced unique challenges,” says Grandsen’s Managing Director George Allingham. “We didn’t have the conventional cavity area available – the design called for a brick surface interior and an exterior clad in 200 mm drybed basalt, quarried in Bunbury. Our stonemason hand selected 220 ton of stone to site. We needed to achieve the best possible thermal block in the limited cavity area; Kingspan Insulation worked closely with us to identify the best possible solution.”

The home, positioned on a 20 hectare property bordering Albany Highway, has premium functionality to match its gentle aesthetic taste, which means the owners will be perfectly placed to enjoy the indoor-outdoor spirit of their dwelling year-round.

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  • Article: Supplied by Kingspan Insulation Pty Ltd
  • Images source: Supplied by Kingspan Insulation Pty Ltd
  • Images 1, 2 & 4: Bedfordale House designed by Suzanne Hunt Architect
  • Image 3: Diagram illustrating how Kingspan Kooltherm® K8 boards can be utilised to insulate wall cavities

AAA Ambassador Tim Ross On ABC TV

The Australian Architecture Association’s Ambassador - Tim Ross, will be featured this month on ABC TV. Join Tim Ross at 8.30pm on Tuesday 8 November and Tuesday 15 November as he presents the two-part series ‘Streets of Your Town’.

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The series traces how pioneering architects in Australia during the 1950s adopted new ideas about design and embraced the International style of Modernism. It explores how Australian Modernism evolved over the twentieth century to make it’s mark on suburbia and adapted to local culture and lifestyle.

Sure to be a fascinating insight into Australian design - you won't want to miss it!

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
    Image: Provided by Tim Ross