Sydney Open returns for 21st anniversary

Sydney’s annual weekend celebration of architecture will return for its 21st anniversary on 3 and 4 November 2018.

Presented by Sydney Living Museums, the two-day event offers visitors rare access to a range of historically significant buildings and architectural new additions to the city.

“Since the first event in 1997, we have welcomed over 76,000 people, both Sydneysiders and visitors to the city, who have enjoyed exploring over 400 architectural gems,” said Mark Goggin, executive director of Sydney Living Museums.

“This year we have curated a diverse and exciting program of more than 60 sites across the city with no end of inspiring architecture, art and history to discover.”

The redevelopment of Anzac Memorial Hyde Park by JPW and Government Architect NSW.

The redevelopment of Anzac Memorial Hyde Park by JPW and Government Architect NSW.

Image: Courtesy NSW Government

The event comprises two parts. Focus Tours will allow visitors exclusive behind-the-scenes access to some of Sydney most recognizable buildings, such as the Anzac Memorial Hyde Park, which has been newly extended by Johnson Pilton Walker and Government Architect NSW. It also includes new Sydney architecture, such as The Beehive by Raffaello Rosselli Architect with Luigi Rosselli Architects, The West Hotel by Fitzpatrick and Partners with interiors by Woods Bagot, and a co-working office space operated by WeWork inside a historic former woolstore in Pyrmont, which was repurposed by SJB.

Other Focus Tours include a series of workshops at the Hayball’s new Sydney studio. The workshops are aimed at young children (ages 5 to 12), teenagers (ages 13 to 18) as well as adults and aim to explore future visions for schools and workplaces.

State Library of NSW Mitchell Building refurbishment by Hassell.

State Library of NSW Mitchell Building refurbishment by Hassell.

Image: Guy Wilkinson

On Sunday 4 November, Sydney Open pass holders will be able to “drop in” more than 40 buildings across the city. New additions to the program include the recently refurbished State Library of NSW by Hassell, the KPMG and Baker McKenzie offices in the International Towers Sydney by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, the Arup office fit out designed by Hassell inside the newly completed Barrack Place by Architectus and One Shelley Street designed by Fitzpatrick and Partners.

Sydney Open ticket holders will also have a chance to win a “golden ticket” to a special tour of the state heritage listed Tank Stream – an underground storm water tunnel built by convicts and stonemasons. It was originally a water course which flowed into the harbour and a vital source of water for the Indigenous Gadigal people of Sydney.

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