Rose Seidler House, Wahroonga
North West of Sydney, 40 mins
Hidden in the leafy suburb of Wahroonga, this Modernist gem designed by Harry Siedler was built in 1950 as dedication to Harry Seidler’s mother Rose, and was designed before the architect had even set foot in Australia. At the time, it was unprecedented in its design. It is now considered the finest example of a mid-century modern home in Australia, built from four basic materials: natural bush stone, reinforced concrete, timber and glass - a result in part from post-war material shortages, stopping him using concrete throughout.
The ramping entrance - emblematic of modernist architecture, sweeps visitors up into the home, and windows strategically frame views into the surrounding landscape. It also contains one of the most complete and intact collections of post WWII furniture and fittings including designs by Eames, Saarinen and Hardoy which have remained in-situ and as arranged by the architect himself. As a recent immigrant from Austria, Rose’s personal creativity abounds in the garden, with a juxtaposition of typically suburban planting alongside terraced citrus orchards and ornamental plants. The house is on lands of the Darug people, and is available to visit open Sundays 10am to 4pm, however please visit https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au for the most up to date information regarding opening hours.