The man who created googie buildings is still living in them
Posted September 23, 2018 09:47:00Today, googie architect Andrew White is still in his googie building in Sydney, even though he died two years ago.
The architect and builder died of natural causes in the early hours of Monday morning, after a short illness.
White was 77.
His building in the CBD was originally a private residence in the 1960s.
It became part of a collection of googie structures in the 1980s, which he was building in a style that he dubbed the “gondola house” or the “vault house”.
White designed googie houses across Australia, including the Port Arthur googie house, built by the architect James White in 1949.
White also designed a number of other googie-style structures, including a building on the north shore of the Great Barrier Reef in Brisbane.
White died of a heart attack on the morning of September 17.
His family has said they were “heartbroken” and asked that the family “receives the respect they deserve”.
“I don’t think it will ever get the attention that it deserves,” his son-in-law, Tom Dyson, said.
“It was a great house and a great family, and Andrew White was one of those people who built some of the best homes in Australia.”
He was a very big part of Australian history and I think it’s very sad that it’s all gone now.
“A spokesperson for the Sydney Metropolitan Fire Brigade said they responded to the building’s call about 3.30am and arrived within 15 minutes.
They said it was not clear whether any other structures were in the building, and would be “very busy”.
They said crews had not yet been able to reach the building.
A Googie House is built by Andrew White and his brother-in, architect, James White, in the 1970s.
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