The Museum of Estonian Architecture will be opening a Harry Seidler Exhibition on 3 October and will be on display to the public until 25 November before continuing on a tour of other cities.
At the Australian Institute of Architecture (NSW) Awards event, Australia Square was honoured with the 2012 Enduring Architecture Award. The jury citation, in part, reads:
This iconic 50-storey tower and its associated public space created through the amalgamation of over 30 individual properties more than any other single project, shaped the redevelopment of Australian cities for the remainder of the 20th century. Australia Square is the unified representation of Seidler’s philosophy of the synthesis of aesthetic, planning, technology and construction issues into a ‘Gordian Knot’ solution resulting in the total architectural and urban solution for a tower in the late 20th century which is elegant and timeless in its appeal. Australia Square has become a landmark in Sydney and an icon of Australian architecture.
In awarding the 9 Castlereagh Street Lobby and Forecourt a 2012 Commercial Architecture Commendation, the jury remarked:
This project is quite remarkable in that the office of the original architect has not only upgraded the space, but also transformed and improved upon it by releasing the existing assets held within it: mural, sculptures, public space and gardens.
The Capita Centre speaks of a truly Sydney building, one that embraces the possibility of a permeable building situated within a verdant landscape. The upgrade and refurbishment is sympathetic to the original intent of the building and improves the public and commercial performance of the space.
Harry’s Park, was awarded the 2012 Urban Design Architecture Award (NSW) at the Australian Architecture annual awards ceremony. The Jury commented:
The Public Park is a fitting tribute to one of Australia’s pre-eminent modernist architects and creates a conclusion to four decades of Seidler building activity along Glen Street. The negotiation the land and the design and construction of the park were done by Penelope Seidler and the office of Harry Seidler and Associate, constituting a significant act of public philanthropy rarely seen in this country.
In partnership with local representatives JBC International Design Union, Harry Seidler & Associates have presented a project design for two major banks on a shared site in Shenzhen, China
On 10 November 2011 Harry’s Park was officially opened. This park, adjoining the office of Harry Seidler & Associates in Glen Street, Milsons Point, was gifted by Penelope Seidler to the people of Sydney in memory of Harry Seidler and celebrates his life, his contribution to architecture and the enrichment of our environment. It also bears his favoured inscription from the Vienna Secession Building:
To Each Time Its Art – To Art Its Freedom
Curved seating groups and ribbon walls framing views of Sydney Harbour are juxtaposed with straight elements such as screen walls. Free formed garden beds are set into the natural porphyry stone paved plaza. A sculpture, Tracing Light – For Harry 3D/4D by Robert Owen, completes the park.
An expanded gleaming glass lobby showcases the original porcelain tile mural by Artist Lin Utzon and a bronze sculpture by the late Charles Perry. An indoor outdoor café nestles into the sparkling lobby and fresh new rainforest planting to the forecourt.
Penelope Seidler was honoured by the French government in August when she was made a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur. It was presented to her by the French Ambassador to Australia HE Mr Michel Filhol.
Also in August, Penelope was awarded a Doctor of Letters honouris causa by the University of NSW.
After winning the Australian IES Lighting Design: Award of Excellence in 2010, the Grosvenor Place Ground Plane Refurbishment project was further honoured by also being awarded the corresponding International IES Lighting Design: Award of Excellence in 2011.
The lighting design by Harry Seidler & Associates includes an internally illuminated onyx stone wall, circular carpeted areas with additional accent lighting and new high intensity discharge lighting which has reduced the direct operating costs by about 70% while doubling the lit internal space.