Architecture Stroll: Ward and Bischoff
The Canberra suburb of Campbell was largely developed in the 1960s and includes multiple examples of outstanding architecture of Harry Seidler, Roy Grounds, Neville Ward, Ian Slater and Theo Bischoff. This stroll will look closely at two houses, one by Theo Bischoff and the other by Neville Ward.
Architect Neville Ward worked with Malcolm Moir and Ian Slater during the 1950s and 1960s. He is known for a collection of imaginative modernist houses full of ingenious detail. Ward designed the house in Waller Crescent in 1967 for himself and his family. It is a u-shaped, flat-roofed house based around a large central courtyard that uses cantilevers and dark timber joinery to give it a distinct Japanese feel. Ward also designed the heritage listed Rowe House (O’Connor, 1961) and was part of the design team for the Sir John Sulman award-winning Canberra Olympic Pool. The Waller Crescent house was one of Ward’s last houses before he left Canberra.
Architect Theo Bischoff’s domestic architecture was characterised by the use of simple, rectangular planning, a limited palette of natural materials, and precise detailing. His work displays some of the characteristics of the Post-War Melbourne Regional style of architecture, with the use of unpainted face brick, low-pitched metal deck roofs, slender steel columns for support and the use of vertical timber boarding. Bischoff’s Waller Crescent house was designed in 1961 and features an L-shaped plan and entry courtyard. Deep eaves overhang to the west and the courtyard area for sun protection.
Waller Crescent Campbell is a valuable resource to help understand Canberra’s architectural and cultural history.
This is a small group architecture stroll developed by DESIGN Canberra, in line with current COVID-safe restrictions. Numbers are limited and bookings are essential.