Sunday, 28 November 2010

Sydney Open - Sydney Theatre/Monochrome Weekend


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Walsh Bay’s 850-seat Sydney Theatre, opened in 2004, is a handsome building with a vast archway on to Hickson Road. The rear of the building is cleverly integrated with the lower levels of the heritage-listed Bond 3 warehouse, part of which is used for rehearsals and other ‘back-of-house’ purposes. The original walls of Bond 3 retain the patina of age, and much of the original machinery remains, including hoists and trusses. The auditorium, foyers and fly tower occupy the space created by the demolition of a 1950s warehouse. Patrons pass through a sequence of spaces, each of a distinct character, before arriving at their seats. Progression through the multi-level foyers and sound-locks into the auditorium is a carefully composed experience. The contemporary design of the new building harmonises with the industrial nature of the surrounding precinct and its heritage buildings.

Some time back I showed you the foyer area of Sydney Theatre. These shots are of the rehearsal and scenery storage, workshop areas which feature original marchinery and stunning sandstone.

5 comments:

Julie said...

You DID stick to that narrow little area didn't you. Next weekend (Dec 5) The Wharf Arts Precinct will be having an Open Day. I am going down there for a wander. Which reminds me, I must register for some of the talks. There is a good one at the end of the day where all the artistic directors of the various companies sit on a panel discussing where to now for the art in Sydney. Be nice to be a fly on the wall.

J Bar said...

This is great too. I'll have to do this next year.

Dragonstar said...

Fascinating, and rather unusual to find such harmony between old and new.

Dina said...

Do I see a ghost in the bottom picture??

Kim said...

Hi
I have just been introduced to your blog site and being interested in histoy love the photos that you post in this area. I was a guide at the STC for Sydney Open this weekend but didn't have time to take photos so I am enjoying these immensly.
Cheers Kim