As dusk falls, the star in Australia’s Modernist architectural crown – Rose Seidler House – will come alight, serving as the dramatic backdrop for the night’s heady mix of Modernist film and architecture, music and storytelling.
The evening will provide the rare opportunity for visitors to sidle up to an original Seidler building. Designed by Harry Seidler, it is one of the country’s finest examples of mid 20th-century modern domestic architecture. It will serve as the rich cultural setting for the program, providing audience access to his ground-breaking practice, which sought to provide affordable and accessible housing, exploration and honesty of materials and technologies, alongside user-centred and site-responsive design, while encouraging community-building. One of the world’s leading exponents of Modernism’s methodology and the country’s first architect to successfully express the principles of the Bauhaus, he was instrumental in broadening the national design discourse, providing an integrated dialogue between creative, interdisciplinary practice, access and inclusivity – all of which has been manifested in the house itself.
Over the evening visitors can explore the house and its interiors with expert guides and, as the sun goes down, experience a journey through the sights and sounds of 1950s Modernist ideas presented by Jaimie Leonarder aka Jay Katz from the Mu Meson Archives.
The event will culminate in the Sydney premier of Columbus, a mesmerising, new feature film about Modernist Architecture, love and house museums by Korean-American film-maker Kogonada. Attendees will enjoy a special outdoor screening and are encouraged to bring their own picnic rug and cushions on the night.
When: Saturday, 9th March, 2019 6pm to 10pm
Where: Rose Seidler House, 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga, NSW, 2076
Contact: +612 9989 8020