Harry Seidler LifeWork & A Singular Vision
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Harry Seidler LifeWork
Australia’s most renowned modern architect, Harry Seidler designed over 180 projects, from single-family houses to apartment buildings, multi-storey office towers, and prominent government commissions, mostly in Australia, but also in Austria, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico and Hong Kong.
Harry Seidler LifeWork is the first and long-overdue book to provide a complete overview of this award-winning architect’s body of work.
Features include coloured and black and white photography, architectural plans, and chapters on Sydney Houses (including Rose Seidler House, Gissing House, and Berman House), Sydney Buildings (including Blues Point Tower, Australia Square, MLC Centre and Grosvenor Place) Beyond Sydney, and Interviews by Vladimir Belogolovsky.
Published April 2014
254mm x 254mm
A Singular Vision: Harry Seidler
The critically acclaimed authorised biography of Australia's most influential architect
The power, passions and private life of the architect who shaped modern Australia. Harry Seidler was a key figure in international modern architecture and in the establishment of post-war modern design in Australia - he was the man who effectively shaped the look of modern, urban Australia.
But while many know his buildings, few know his fascinating story. Born in Austria to an affluent Jewish family, his world fell apart when he had to flee the looming Nazi threat as a young boy. Without family and without a word of English, he escaped to England. Later, cruelly, he was interned as an enemy alien during the war, and sent to Canada. During his time in the Canadian camp, he virtually taught himself architecture, and once the war was over, he studied in Canada and at Harvard in the United States.
His parents moved to Australia after the war, and in 1948, Harry came to Australia in response to their invitation. The house he designed for them, now known as the Rose Seidler House, represented a huge shift in Australian modern domestic architecture. It was soon followed by a succession of innovative house designs and ambitious, towering office blocks such as Australia Square and the MLC Centre, which changed forever the skyline of Australia's cities. Without Harry Seidler, our cities and homes would look very, very different. A lavishly illustrated, stylish and beautifully designed book, A Singular Vision is a celebration of one man's extraordinary life, his influence, and his many towering achievements.Helen O'Neill
Hardcover with slipcase
287mm x 260mm