Rose Seidler Residence
Architect: Harry Seidler (1950)
Location: Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
Harry Seidler was born in Austria but left after the Nazis took over, emigrating to England, where he studied architecture until he was interned by the British at the start of WWII and sent to a camp in Quebec. He was released and allowed to study architecture in Canada. He then went to Harvard to study under Gropius and Breuer, with an internship under Alvar Aalto during the summer. He also attended Black Mountain College to study under Albers. He later returned to Boston to work for Breuer. Seidler also worked in Rio de Janeiro with Niemeyer, who heavily influenced some of his early residential works, including this one for his mother, Rose Siedler.
He initially came to Australia temporarily, at the request of his parents, to build them a home in Sydney, where they had immigrated after the war. Modernism was unheard of in Australia in the late 40s, but this home was widely accepted and very popular. It led to many other commissions, which convinced Seidler to remain in Australia, where he established a practice and stayed throughout his career. He is largely credited as the father of modernist architecture in Australia.