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Harry Seidler and Associates

Harry Seidler’s architectural practice - Harry Seidler and Associates - was thriving during the 1960s-1980s, when he began to take on more commercial and large-scale projects. His work was receiving critical acclaim and awards, and his public profile was high. He regularly featured in the local press and specialist architectural magazines of the time.

> Read newscuttings relating to Harry Seidler's career, 1949-1968

Seidler's approach to urban design was distinctive in its boldness. His tall, high-density buildings re-shaped the Sydney skyline and contributed usable public space to the city. His award-winning commercial projects during this period included Australia Square (1961), the MLC Centre (1972) and Grosvenor Place (1982) in Sydney, and his offices in Milson’s Point, all of which won Sir John Sulman awards, from the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture.

His residential work began to include more apartment commissions such as Ithaca Gardens in Elizabeth Bay (1960) and Blues Point Tower in McMahon's Point (1961). This early, high-rise housing was new to Sydney and attracted controversy, however he continued to win awards for his residential work. He received the RAIA Wilkinson award for Residential Architecture four times: Ski Lodge in Thredbo (1965), Muller House in Port Hacking (1966), Seidler House, Killara (1967), which he designed for his own family, and later the Horizon Apartments in Darlinghurst (1999).

> See photographs and plans of the Ski Lodge in Thredbo

Ski Lodge, Thredbo

> See photographs and plans of Australia Square, Sydney

Australia Square, Sydney

> See photographs and plans of MLC Centre, Sydney

MLC Centre, Sydney

For over 50 years, Harry Seidler produced distinctive and bold modern architecture, including houses, apartments, office and commercial buildings, both in Australia and overseas. He lectured and travelled extensively, and was a tireless and out-spoken advocate of modern architecture. Often controversial, his architectural journey spanned decades of commercial and critical success. He died on 9 March 2006, aged 82.


> Find more Harry Seidler & Associates - architectural plans, 1961-1983 catalogue link

> Find more Harry Seidler & Associates - photographs and notes, 1961-1983 catalogue link








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