13 Invaluable Harry Seidler Quotes

Harry Seidler was an Architect and considered to be one of the leading exponents of Modernism methodology. With a list of buildings dated from 1948 to 2004, Seidler received more than a dozen honors in his lifetime. Here is a look at some of the most notable Harry Seidler quotes ever recorded.

“After about the first Millennium, Italy was the cradle of Romanesque architecture, which spread throughout Europe, much of it extending the structural daring with minimal visual elaboration.”

“After World War II great strides were made in modern Japanese architecture, not only in advanced technology, allowing earthquake resistant tall buildings, but expressing and infusing characteristics of traditional Japanese architecture in modern buildings.”

“Architecture is not an inspirational business, it’s a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that’s all.”

“At the age of 80, I’m becoming a visual artist. This could be my rebirth.”

“Borne out of this, starting around the 17th Century was the Baroque era. It is my view that it is one of the architectural peak periods in western civilization.”

“Fifty years ago people were talking about Sydney’s sprawl, but nobody does anything about it.”


“From the early days of European migration to America, in the 17th Century, the prototype of buildings was based on English precedent, even if mostly translated into the locally available material in abundance: timber.”

“Good design doesn’t date.”

“I’ve always thought Blues Point Tower is one of my best buildings and I stand by that.”

“Japan’s humid and warm summer climate, as well as frequent earthquakes resulted in lightweight timber buildings raised off the ground that are resistant to earth tremors.”

“The form language used by the ancient Egyptians in their structures is minimal.”

“The government only makes restrictive rules, they don’t show you what to do so you know, OK, here’s where we need this many apartments, with open space, playgrounds, kindergartens.”

“The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.”

Here is a look at the Sydney Residence of Harry and Penelope Seidler’s House. Known for its forward thinking of the time, this is a far cry from the skyscrapers and residential towers that Seidler built during his lifetime.

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