Australian Institute of Architects


Harry Seidler & Associates

2 Glen Street

Ph. 02 9922 1388 Fax 02 9957 2947


This office incorporates a philosophy that requires consequential thinking--- a four dimensional simultaneous design process which brings into happy marriage considerations of social use, aesthetics, environment and technology.

Projects are in such places as France, Austria, Italy, Asia, Hong Kong, America and Mexico and locally in Victoria, NSW, WA, ACT and Queensland. The size and building types range from small houses to substantial high rise commercial and residential. Other typical examples include Embassies, group housing olympic pools, sporting facilities, colleges, welfare and cultural centres, industrial facilities, hotels, council facilities and energy plants.

Project profiles

Riparian Plaza

Brisbane, 2005

This multi-purpose building accommodating both office and residential vertical sectors is unique in this country.

Placed on the adjacent waterfront site to "Riverside Centre", "Riparian Plaza" is higher and larger in extent in that it continues the promenade along the river and adds more facilities for the public, restaurants, plazas and covered seating at the water's edge.

The shape of the tower has been carefully formed to maximise the outlook for occupants up and down the river. The bottom section houses cars, the middle section accommodates column-free offices and the reshaped top consists of luxurious penthouses, each of which has large curvilinear, projecting terraces facing the water, shaped to allow for the comfortable placement of furniture.

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

Ultimo, Sydney, 2007

Located on the western edge of the Darling Harbour entertainment and conference precinct, this swimming pool complex containing an 8 lane 50 m pool, therapy pool, associated spaces and car parking has been designed for the City of Sydney.

A free form wave shape roof shape, with the highest space being over the largest pool, lends both drama to the interior space as well making a deliberate visual reference to the use of the building as viewed from the outside. Extensive glazing on the eastern side opens out onto a terrace and provides the users with views of the city skyline.

Cove Apartments

The Rocks, Sydney, 2003

To plan a tall building on a constricted area meant that the footprint was allowed by the authorities to oversail the existing Church Hall without penetrating it with supports. This necessitated parts of the tower structure to be supported on cantilevered deep beams over setback steel columns. It is expected that apartments with dramatic (even if partially limited) views toward the harbour, have adequate size balconies. These were shaped so as to allow adequate wide space for outdoor eating with tables and chairs.

These considerations resulted in the curved tower plan, which turns away from the adjacent buildings at all four corners and bulges out over the southern Church Hall (now turned into a restaurant) without penetrating it. The roof of the Hall became an outdoor recreation area for residents, connected to the tower core.

There is a variety of size in the 220 apartments; from two three-storey high units with open internal spaces and private pools on the roof, to half-floor, four and five units per level, etc. This mixture of apartments results in variegated expressions on the facades of the tower. Balconies and windows change, depending on the size of units. This variety enhances the exterior of the building even further with sunshading downturns of the balcony fronts being made of sparkling metal (recalling the metal sunshades on the adjacent large Grosvenor Place tower) contrasted by the warm coloured finish applied to the concrete structure.

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