Over the course of a career spanning more than five decades, architect Harry Seidler (June 25, 1923, Vienna–March 9, 2006, Sydney) embarked upon a long series of dramatically innovative and sculptural houses with a rare sensitivity to site, space, and structure. And while these soaring, inspiring houses have been the source of Seidler's fame within architectural circles, this book gives a complete view of this modern master's body of work for the first time. Seidler is now widely acknowledged as a leading member of the postwar generation of modernists and one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century in the southern hemisphere. With commissions not only in Australia but also in Austria, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, and Hong Kong since establishing his own practice in Sydney in 1948, his work has influenced the course of modernist design into the twenty-first century.
During this talk, Vladimir Belogolovsky, author of the book Harry Seidler: Lifework and curator of the traveling exhibition Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture, provided an overview of Seidler’s career. Architect and architectural historian Jean-Louis Cohen and architect Jeremy Edmiston discussed the work of Harry Seidler and working in his office respectively.
You can purchase the book from its publisher or your local bookstore:
→ Harry Seidler: Lifework (Rizzoli, 2014).
In Australia, you can purchase it from the Museums of History NSW shop.
To celebrate Harry Seidler at 100, Film Art Media is offering two outstanding architectural documentaries for the price of one at AUD$25: Harry Seidler: Modernist, celebrating Seidler’s architectural legacy, and The Edge of the Possible, Jørn Utzon and the design Sydney Opera House, also featuring Harry Seidler. For further information and purchase, please visit their website.
Vladimir Belogolovsky, “Harry Seidler: Modernist,” MAS Context, 2018