If you're going to satisfy a craving, do it properly.
Monday, 29 November 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
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.
Saturday, 27 November 2010
Looking over Barangaroo North from KPMG towerThe 16-level KPMG office tower, located at the northern end of the King Street Wharf development, was one of the first buildings in Sydney to achieve a 4.5-star National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) energy rating. This was upgraded in the past two years to a 5-star rating because of an ongoing energy-reduction program. Each façade of the tower was oriented to take into account the movement of the sun throughout the year and the shading effect of adjacent buildings. The design of the façades focused on three issues: installation of shading devices on the northern, eastern and western façades to control the level of sunlight penetrating the glass and reduce the heat load at peak times; increasing access to natural light; and creating a dramatic effect, particularly with the visible splay to the northern façade. The building’s energy usage has been reduced by a combination of design features including window glazing and shading, active energycontrol systems, including daylight sensors that automatically dim artificial light, and infrared motion sensors to control lighting after hours.
For more reflections visit James' Newtown Area Photo.
Friday, 26 November 2010
Looking over Barangaroo SouthBarangaroo is the last industrial habourside location in the Sydney CBD to be redeveloped, with final approvals subject to statutory planning processes and community input. The 22 hectares of Barangaroo is made up of Barangaroo South, a business, tourism, residential and retail precinct; Barangaroo Central, a large civic space with a variety of uses including medium-rise civic, residential and commercial buildings; and Headland Park, a waterfront park for the community to enjoy. Barangaroo’s declared aim is to be one of the world’s first climate-positive CBD precincts. It is intended that it will return more clean water to the environment than it uses, create zero waste and achieve carbon neutrality by generating more renewable energy than is needed to power the site. Barangaroo will have connections with neighbouring precincts including Millers Point, Walsh Bay, King Street Wharf and the Sydney CBD. All of the water’s edge will remain accessible to the public, including the Foreshore Walk around the site which has dedicated pathways for walking, jogging and cycling.
The development is highly controversial with claims that the current proposal bears little resemblance to the design that won the initial international design competition. The proposed hotel over the harbour has caused a furore and, apparently, things are back on hold. Sydney has a history of doing this kind of development very badly and it doesn't look like this one will be any different.
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Thursday, 25 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
I find this an incredibly ugly building externally and the inside was quite soulless. Then there is this poor little brick building still surviving amongst all the glass, metal and concrete of the new development and motorway overpass.
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
This is the coolroom/storage area of the servant's quarters.
This is the most intact example of a typical late- Georgian town house known to survive in New South Wales. It was built in 1848 as a residence attached to the adjoining warehouse of the firm Martyn and Coombes. Historically the site has direct links with other Rocks sites. From 1873 to 1875 it was the residence of the Reverend Thomas Gainsford, minister of the Mariners’ Church. In 1942 it served as the barracks for members of the Royal Indian Navy who were responsible for the construction of light warships, known as ‘corvettes’, for the Royal Australian Navy at the government dockyards. The building exhibits many features of the Greek Revival style and is the only remaining example of its kind in The Rocks. It has a cantilevered first-floor balcony, external shutters and fully restored interiors. In the first-floor drawing room, still intact, you can see the 19th-century moulded plasterwork, chimneypiece, grate and joinery.
Saturday, 20 November 2010
The "river of lights" and the view. Apart from the view and some terrific reflections I don't think the building has a lot to recommend it.
For more reflections visit James' Newtown Area Photo.
Friday, 19 November 2010
Note the fake window above the sink.
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Sydney Observatory is located next to one of the Sydney Open properties (tomorrow's post) and was open so I thought I should have a look.
The inside of one of the domes and an older telescope in the museum.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Last Sunday was the biennial Sydney Open when buildings across the city, old and new, public and private, are open to sticky beaks like me. This year I concentrated on the properties around The Rocks, Millers Point and King Street Wharf.