This month’s Australian Architecture Association ‘At Home with the Architect’ tour visits the Garden Pavilion which has transformed the site of a late Victorian home in inner-city Sydney into a garden oasis.
Taking a stand-alone underused garden, Welsh + Major Architects who established their practice in 2004 in Sydney, have designed a flexible series of indoor and outdoor spaces, integrating the house with its surroundings.
The project is conceived with the garden at its centre. The flexible “garden room” is designed to blur the boundaries between garden and architecture. It bookends a lush central garden space with the garden flowing around and through the structure. It is a quiet room, entertaining space and extra accommodation.
The built forms sit low within the site, wrapping around existing trees and folding down to the boundary. A modulated concrete roofline lifts the gaze to district views beyond. The roof folds and floats, playing with ideas of enclosure and lightness; solidity and transparency. Internal spaces are permeable, defined by floor and ceiling planes rather than walls.
The garden is loosely structured and designed to occupy, rather than edge, the yard. Small outdoor areas around the house and the garden room are reclaimed as both living spaces and green backdrops.
The Garden Project won the 2014 NSW AIA Architecture Award for small projects and 2014 Houses Awards in the outdoor category.
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be emailed to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 19 July 2015
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)