What better way to step into a relaxing Sunday in amazing Sydney than an architecture walk around one of its most iconic buildings? This very morning I brought open eyes and wore a heart of curiosity and wonder to the Museum of Sydney where I joined several fellow enthusiasts on our first Sydney Architecture Walk. Started by three architects, who aspired to bring to the general public ideas of the buildings that shaped the city we are in, the walk was the perfect medium to decode Sydney and see it through new lens. This particular walk brought me to three buildings right by my office. Thanks to it, my daily commute to and around Martin Place now has a whole new level of meaning and aesthetic to it. It's incredibly powerful to see how design, environmental forces, science, history, social attitudes, finance and politics come into play to direct the forces of energy and human activities in a city. I could ramble on about the ingenius manipulation of urban spaces and I wish you were there with me to experience its spellbinding charm.
Shall we go?
One Bligh Street by Ingenhoven Architects of Germany,
winner of the Best Tall Building Award in Asia & Australasia,
and the next generation of premium office space,
where technology made possible ecological sustainability.
Listen intently, for you may chance upon treasures previously unknown to you
in this very environment you thought you already knew everything about.
Aurora Place by Italian Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano
on Macquarie Street. I could not resist falling even deeper in love with this building,
after hearing how it came to be the final design before my eyes today.
Love the sense of space in here. I could go dancing in it! Would you join me?
The 2 hours of dialogue with the inner city design and facades of Sydney flew by in a wink.
My heartfelt kudos to our guide and fellow adventurers who braved the rain and autumn chill
to develop a more intimate relationship with and a deeper sense of appreciation
for the incredible works of functional art living amongst us.
I shall now wrap up the morning spent unravelling the story of Sydney through its
architecture with a warm cup of flat white. Promise you'll come with me next time? ;) xx
Sydney Architecture Walk
*Urban-tours for aesthetes, flaneurs and locals who love familiar terrain from a different point of view.*