The Achievement of Harry Seidler

A fine recent documentary on Harry Seidler by Daryl Dellora (Harry Seidler: Modernist) linked Seidler’s life with his architecture and explored his wider cultural impact. Seidler ceaselessly crusaded for Modern architecture and championed Jørn Utzon during the Sydney Opera House crisis in 1966. But how great was Seidler’s architecture? I worked with Harry Seidler as a writer, contributing essays about his work for publication for more than two decades. Towards the end of a meeting at his spacious Killara home in 1984, I showed Seidler the bound text of Leaves of Iron, about Sydney architect Glenn Murcutt. He opened it, read…

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