SAW Bike Tours
The Sydney Architecture Walks program includes some fantastic bike tours taking in some of the city’s most intriguing, often hidden, architectural experiences
The Sydney Architecture Walks program has been a successful part of the design calendar for many years. The program includes a fantastic bike tour for those who like to pedal their way around Sydney’s architectural past, present and future.
Observatory Hill Photographer: Leonardo Rokka
The upcoming tours will take in 5 of Sydney’s diverse and rapidly changing inner-city suburbs – Ultimo, Chippendale, Redfern, Waterloo and Surry Hills – taking in a number of “contemporary projects, contested sites and politically charged themes”.Over 5 hours, cyclists will see and discuss a range of buildings from architects such as FJMT, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Harry Seidler and Ian Moore, while looking into the future of the city with designs by international architects Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and Lord Rogers.
Reader’s Digest Building by John James 1967, Cooper Street, Surry Hills. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis
Sirius. Social housing apartments, Cumberland Street The Rocks. Architect – Tao Gofers, 1979. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis
New mixed-use Candalepas building 38-52 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis
Dawes Point Park under Sydney Harbour Bridge. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis
We just have to include SAW’s description of the tours, as it sums them up so well: “This is no touristic join-the-dots of familiar places. It’s an exploration of a very different side of Sydney – an insider’s tour with a two-wheeled architectural twist.”
Barangaroo site looking north towards Walsh Bay. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis
Stirling House, Redfern. Architect – Mac Interactive. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis
Barangaroo. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis
Baptist Lane Redfern. Nature seems to be winning. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis
You can enjoy this tour from $80 and can also hire a bike and helmet. Or, if you know an architecture nut who’s also bananas about bikes, SAW has gift vouchers too.
Sydney Architecture Walks
Hero image: Alvaro House by Domenic Alvaro. 2 car parking spaces become a 5-storey
pre-cast concrete terrace inspired by contemporary Tokyo architecture. Photograper: Eoghan Lewis