Sunday, 28 November 2010
Sydney Open - Sydney Theatre/Monochrome Weekend
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.
Sydney Theatre. These shots are of the rehearsal and scenery storage, workshop areas which feature original marchinery and stunning sandstone.