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Sydney Open, Presented by Sydney Living Museums, Returns

Sydney Open, Presented by Sydney Living Museums, Returns

Sydney Open, Presented by Sydney Living Museums, Returns

Sydney Open returns 4-5th November in celebration of the harbour-side city’s most impressive, awe-inspiring feats of architecture and design. Architects, designers and design purists are set to see the city from a rarely available perspective.

If you’re not already familiar with the annual event Sydney Open, which returns this year November 4-5th, you’re late to the party. Very late. For 13 years Sydney Living Museums has presented the two-day event celebrating impressive and iconic feats of architecture spanning from present day to all the way back to previous centuries.

This year the festival returns to again unlock to the doors to more than 60 of Sydney’s most historic and architecturally inspiring buildings and spaces. Many of which are not usually accessible to the public.

In addition to the return of some of the most favoured sites, there are a handful of new additions such as Carriageworks, St James Road Banco Court, King Street Court Complex, Grimshaw 333 George Street, and DKO Architecture Studio/the old Redfern Post Office.

To round out the experience there are a series of talks not to be missed. On Sunday, there will be a drop in talk at Carriageworks with Tim Greer, director of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects who were charged with the adaptive reuse of the space in 2006; and Diane Jones, executive director at PTW and Adjunct Professor FBE UNSW, will be hosting a talk on the history and architecture of the courts at the King Street Court Complex.

At 50 Martin Place, Felicity Fenner from UNSW Art & Design, will be talking about the Macquarie Group Art Collection based around the theme of The Land and its Psyche, now in its 30th year; and throughout the day there will be a tours of the Sydney Observatory, led by MAAS educator staff, including areas not habitually open to the public.

But these are just highlights so check the schedule to make sure you fit it all in.

Sydney Open

cover image: USyd Business Building

Sydney Open Photo Dan Hocking

Sydney Open Redfern Post Office Photo by Dan Hocking | Habitus Living

Sydney Open Government House

Sydney Open Government House | Habitus Living

Sydney Open sydney centre

Sydney Open Sydney Masonic Centre | Habitus Living

Sydney Open Photo Daniel Boud

Sydney Open The Clothing Store Photo by Daniel Boud | Habitus Living

Sydney Open court 2

Sydney Open King St Court | Habitus Living


Sydney Open QVB Dome | Habitus Living

Sydney Open Photo Brett Boardman martin place

Sydney Open Martin Place | Habitus Living

Sydney Open observatory

Sydney Open Observatory | Habitus Living

Sydney Open george street

Sydney Open George St | Habitus Living

Sydney Open carriageworks

Sydney Open Carriageworks | Habitus Living

Sydney Open Photo James Horan bridge

Sydney Open Photo by James Horan bridge | Habitus Living

Sydney Open Photo Pamela Amores Court

Sydney Open St James Court Photo by Pamela Amores | Habitus Living

Sydney Open Photo Stuart Miller

Sydney Open St James Tunnels Photo by Stuart Miller | Habitus Living



Holly Cunneen was the editor of Habitus and has spent her time in the media writing about architecture, design and our local industry. With a firm view that “design has a shared responsibility to the individual as much as it does the wider community,” her personal and professional trajectory sees her chart the interests, accomplishments, and emerging patterns of behaviour within the architecture and design community.