Rose Seidler House

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Rose Seidler House
Rose Seidler House, Sydney, Australia, Winner of the Sir John Sulman medal in 1951
General information
Type House
Location 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga
Coordinates 33°42′35″S 151°08′31″E / 33.7098°S 151.1419°E / -33.7098; 151.1419Coordinates: 33°42′35″S 151°08′31″E / 33.7098°S 151.1419°E / -33.7098; 151.1419
Construction started 1949
Completed 1950
Owner Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
Design and construction
Main contractor Harry Seidler

Rose Seidler House is a Bauhaus-styled home designed by Harry Seidler located at 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The client was his mother. It is managed by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales as a museum that has been open to the public since 1991. Built in 1949-1950, it was futuristic and modern for Australia at that time, and is an outstanding example of mid-century-modern domestic architecture.

In 1991, Harry Seidler described the house's spatial design which was characteristic of his approach in the rest of his life's work:[1]

this house explodes the surfaces that enclose a normal house or space, and turns it into a continuum of free standing planes, through which the eye can never see an end, you are always intrigued what’s beyond, you can always see something floating into the distance, there is never an obstruction to your vision, it is a continuum (of space), that I believe 20th century man’s eye and senses responds positively to.


  1. ^ "Rose Seidler House – the House that Harry built". Review. Australia: ABC TV. 14 April 1991. 

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