Sydney Open 2012
Sydney Open is Australia’s premier architectural event and unlocks the doors to 70 of Sydney’s most prestigious residential homes, contemporary designed office blocks and much loved heritage sites
Sydneysiders and visitors alike will have the rare opportunity to explore some of the city’s most significant buildings, going behind the scenes of private residences and public buildings from 2 – 4 November 2012.
A Sydney Open first, ticket holders can tour 1 Bligh Street, Sydney’s flagship 6-star Green Star office tower, 70B William Street, an old stone sewer building in Woolloomooloo, Challenger Workplace, winner of the 2010 RAIA NSW Interior Architecture Award, and St Andrew’s Cathedral School where the playground is way up on the rooftop in the heart of the city.
Sydney Open also gives you the opportunity to explore a number of houses featured in Habitus Magazine, including Strelein Warehouse (Issue 11), The Shed, (Issue 13).
Strelein Warehouse, image by Ian D MaC
The Shed, image by Justin Alexander
New to this year ‘Sydney Open Night’ on Friday 2 November provides a sneak peek into five of the city’s iconic sites for free - Chief Secretary’s Building, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, On Seven at David Jones, Parliament House and St James’ Church.
HHT Director Kate Clark says: “One of the wonderful things about Sydney Open is it gives you the chance to explore and appreciate places that are normally off limits or that you might have been walking past every day and wanted to see inside.”
Focus Tours held on Saturday 3rd November offer exclusive access to 20 nominated sites. These tours cover residential, history aged or limited capacity areas and provide an in-depth insight into the architecture and are led in most cases by their architects or owners.
On Sunday 4th November, the City Pass enables ticket holders to get up close and personal with 50 of Sydney’s most loved buildings including favourites such as the Sydney Fire Station, the King Street Courts, the Great Synagogue and the glorious National Mutual building.
(Hero Image of 1 Bligh Street by Georg Esch)