Inspirational Home - Harry Seidler

Australia's most famous contemporary architect, 77-year-old Austrian-born Harry Seidler is well-known for his unique and sometimes controversial building designs. Sydney's MLC Centre, Grosvenor Place, Darling Park development, Australia Square, The Capita Centre, Horizons Tower at Darlinghurst, Blue's Point Tower, and the Australian Embassy in Paris are just some of the buildings bearing his unmistakable style.

We visited the Seidler's family home in Killara's on Sydney's north shore to see just what sort of home the bold and uncompromising architect has made for himself and his family.

The house was designed in 1967 by Harry and his wife Penelope, also an architect. Penelope admits she probably held a smaller pencil than Harry, but both agree the results of their collaborative work have stood the test of time effortlessly.

Built on a steep slope the house features four half levels that march down the hill. Surrounded by peaceful bushland, the house features plenty of open spaces, classic designs and textured surfaces. The interior is minimalist, but the use of natural materials gives the house textured warmth.

Harry says he can't stand the notion of upgrading or renovating a house, and proudly states that not a thing has been changed in the house since it was built, although his son convinced him to add a swimming pool.

Penelope says the house makes a very strong statement - just like Harry!

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