Melville: The Contemporary Architecture and Sound Sessions

29 September 2020

We are celebrating our rich and diverse modern architecture story showcasing 1970s built national treasures to contemporary designs.

The City of Melville is celebrating its rich and diverse modern architecture story showcasing 1970s built national treasures to contemporary designs that continue to challenge the status quo in its upcoming Contemporary Architecture and Sound Sessions on Saturdays in October and November.

Introduced and facilitated by Emma Williamson, Co-Founder and Partner at The Fulcrum Agency, each session includes a house tour, special guest talk and discussion, live acoustic music and complimentary wine on arrival.

City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said the Sessions were a first for the City’s cultural services offering.

“It is great to see creative event concepts such as the Contemporary Architecture and Sound Sessions  made possible, as it allows us to engage with  many talented and innovative people in our community and celebrate the incredible work and love that is poured into each of the homes featured,” said Mayor Gear.

“What I am looking forward to seeing in each of the Sessions is the incredible diversity in the houses showcased, adding to the vibrancy in our City’s neighbourhoods, 

“Another key theme featured in the designs and attributes of the homes is sustainability and adaptability over the decades, which I really look forward to seeing and learning about more in the sessions.”

Houses that will be showcased in the Sessions, guest speakers and live musicians include:

46A Burke Drive Attadale 31 October (built 2017)

Nestled high up the hill on Burke Drive this clever house occupies the middle third of a subdivision and has sweeping views of the river. 

Special guest speaker Jennie Officer, founding principle with Officer Woods Architects (design architects) and academic at University of WA

Music by Dolce Ensemble Duo

16 MacDonald Street Applecross 14 November (built 2020)

This modestly sized project is a triumph of carefully considered design and modest materials combined to create a timeless home that will allow the owners to age in place. Located on a corner block with excellent orientation, every opportunity has been taken to create a beautiful and sustainable home.

Special guest speaker Phil Stjskal, design architect

Music by Timothy Nelson

159 Stoneham Street Attadale 21 November (built 1971)

Built in the early 1970s this modest home was inspired by the demonstration homes of Floreat built for the Commonwealth Games in 1962. 

Special guest speaker Simon Pendal, architect and academic at Notre Dame University

Music by Mo Wilson

22 Dunvegan Rd Applecross 28 November (built 1987)

The late architect Peter Overman made a significant impression on the suburbs of Melville and this house captures his ambitious style perfectly. 

Special guest speaker Geoff Warn, founding principle with architecture

Music by Davey Craddock

Held on Saturday 31 October, 14, 21 and 28 November from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. Tickets are $25 or $15 for student, concession and under 25’s. Numbers are strictly limited.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Image caption: 16 McDonald Road Applecross, photographed by Philip Stejskal


Social Media Share this pageLinks below open in a new window