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Modernist Architect (03:11)


Harry Seidler arrived in Australia in 1948; the architect was considered the high priest of modernism. Architecture was art. He was born in Vienna was inspired Hoch Haus.

Seidler: Influences (04:43)

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret composed the five essential principles of the modernist movement in architecture. The Nazi occupation took control in Vienna and all Jewish businesses. Seidler's parents sent him to Cambridge, England; after World War II erupted, he was sent to an internment camp in Canada.

WWII Ends (03:43)

Seidler received Canadian citizenship and worked as Marcel Breuer's assistant in New York City. After two years, he traveled to Brazil to study with Oscar Niemeyer, who incorporated concrete curves into architecture. Seidler won the Sulman Prize for a house in Terra Mare, Australia.

Career in Sydney (03:57)

Seidler designed 25 houses over six years and fought to get his modern designs approved. Seidler entered contests to design the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne's Olympic Stadium.

Seidler's Marriage (03:49)

Penelope Evatt-Seidler met the architect while attending college in Sydney. The couple married on her 20th birthday. Seidler forged a relationship with Gerardus Dick Dusseldorp after showing him the future location of Blues Point Tower.

Australia Square (05:37)

Friends and experts discuss Seidler's relationship with Max Dupain. Dick Dusseldorp commissioned Australia Square. Pier Luigi Nervi improved the design.

Sydney Opera House (04:28)

The New South Wales government considered firing Jorn Utzon. Seidler organized protests and advocated against his termination. Seidler and his wife collaborate on building a home for their family.

Australian Embassy (04:06)

Seidler's designs changed through the decades. Gough Whitlam traveled to Paris to tour the site of the future Australian Embassy. The Parisian authorities accepted Seidler's vision.

Harry Seidler & Associates (04:58)

The architecture firm built businesses, private homes, and towers across Australia and Hong Kong. Seidler's designs impacted public spaces.

Architectural Scrutiny (08:10)

Architects and citizens criticized Blues Point Tower. Seidler sued a newspaper for a defamatory cartoon. The architecture firm downsized during the post-modernism era and accepted a commission to build the Berman House.

Wohnpark Neue Donau Site (04:38)

Seidler returned to Vienna to receive the gold medal. The city offered the architect a chance to create a city housing project.

Seidler's Later Designs (04:40)

The Queen presented Seidler with the Royal Institute's gold medal. Sydney asked the architect to design the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Center. The architect suffered a massive stroke in 2005.

Credits: Harry Seidler (01:37)

Credits: Harry Seidler

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Harry Seidler was born to Jewish parents in Austria. As a child he was sent to Canada where he studied architecture. Later he followed his parents to Australia where he made a career shaping Sydney's skyline. He was considered one of the leading Modernists and the first architect to fully follow the Bauhaus rules.

Length: 59 minutes

Item#: BVL155322

ISBN: 978-1-64481-034-7

Copyright date: ©2016

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