Architectural model, ‘Meares Residence’, cardboard / paper, designed and made by Harry Seidler and Associates, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1995

Made 1995

‘Even though this is a modest size house, its visual impact comes from the interior form, the almost cathedral-like vertical spaces and their interaction over split-level floors’ - architect’s statement 97/190/8-1

Harry Seidler came to Australia in 1948 to visit his parents and to design a new house for them. He intended to return to his blossoming career in the USA. However his parents’ house - the Rose Seidler house at Turramurra - was so positively received that Seidler was quickly overwhelm...

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97/190/8-1
Architectural model, 'Meares Residence', cardboard / paper, designed and made by Harry Seidler and Associates, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1995

Model located on its steep harbour-side site with neighbouring house.

Dimensions

305 mm
180 mm

Production

Harry Seidler (1923-2006) was born in Vienna and fled Nazism via England, Canada and the USA where at Harvard University he was a student of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. Seidler visited Sydney in 1948 to design a home for his parents. His intended return to the USA was halted by numerous requests to design houses similar to Rose Seidler house.

Seidler was one of a generation of new arrivals who internationalised an Anglophile outpost. Another was Dutch engineer Dick Dusseldorp who engaged Seidler to design numerous projects for his Lend Lease construction company. Among these were sophisticated but affordable apartment blocks which lent glamour and liveability to inner city living. Others included major urban redevelopments designed around office towers; Australian Square was the first of these. Seidler also found success internationally, his Australian Embassy in Paris the best-known of several off-shore commissions.

No architect has had a greater impact on Sydney through both his own work and its influence on others. Although Harry Seidler's Modernism was shaped by Europe and the US, Sydney also formed his work and his social presence. Often caricatured as a doctrinaire modernist, Seidler tailored most of his work to Sydney’s climate and topography. Some of his best buildings – Blues Point Tower, Australia Square to name but two - were also his most controversial. As a polemicist, Seidler was less compromising but Sydney’s urban culture benefited from his scorn of the second-rate in design and decision-making. His donation of this model, among others, was typical of his generosity to the Powerhouse and the arts community.

In addition to numerous awards received locally, such as the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, in 1996 Seidler was the recipient of the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal.
1995

Cite this Object

Architectural model, 'Meares Residence', cardboard / paper, designed and made by Harry Seidler and Associates, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1995 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 April 2017, <https://ma.as/156775>
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