Iconic Australian Houses, curated by Karen McCartney, is an exhibition that goes behind the scenes of 30 of Australia’s most important houses through the lens of interviews with the architects and homeowners, a series of talks with architects, models of the homes, 3D plans on iPads and walking tours of some of the homes themselves.
The exhibition charts the rise of a local architectural style following the post-war era, when young architects could finally express themselves through designs that were radically different to the conservative, functional British-influenced style that preceded them. McCartney curated the exhibition in themes to highlight the connection to landscape or sculptural shapes that are influenced by materials within Australian architectural design.
Well-known homes, such as Harry Seidler’s Rose Seidler House on Sydney’s north shore, celebrated the International Style, while architects such as Peter Muller and Bruce Rickard adapted the trend for using simple, unadorned materials to create homes that suited the Australian climate and environment, that embraced the outdoors and drew them in.
Iconic Australian houses is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums is showing at the National Archives of Australia until March 13.