Optional Tours

Minimum numbers are required to conduct the tours

Tour 1 – The George Street Track

Examining the defining urban and architectural elements of George Street.

WHEN: Wednesday, 14th of November 9:30am – 12:30pm

MEETING POINT: Customs House (forecourt). 31 Alfred St, Sydney (directly south of Circular Quay Station).

COST: $60

DURATION: 2.5 to 3 hours

A pedestrian artery for twenty thousand years; the ancient walking track from Circular Quay to the fresh water spring known as the Tank Stream is now Sydney’s meandering George Street spine.

Tracing a route from Circular Quay to Sydney Town Hall, we will slalom down George Street and flirt with its public and private edges as we trespass across territory political, cultural, social as well as architectural. Charles Darwin’s 1836 narrative along the same path will inflect our journey as we examine the city and reflect on Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s transformative urban strategies.
We will focus on the defining urban and architectural elements of George including master works by Harry Seidler, Angelo Candalepas, Johnson Pilton Walker, FJMT, Alexander Calder and Grimshaw Architects.

TOUR LEADER:
Benjamin is a left-leaning “urbanite” and a self proclaimed “city-maker”. He has a Masters degree in architecture but is ultimately an ‘urbanist’ having practiced as an urban designer with Hill Thalis for more than a decade.
Benjamin has a keen and critical eye on the public domain and the way in which architecture, politics and society more generally contributes to and exists within this immense resource.

ABOUT US:
We are architects and we conduct architectural and urban tours of Sydney. Each tour is a straightforward and jargon-free story-telling journey that explores ideas through architecture, offering an interface between in-depth architectural knowledge and the wider design community. We want you to understand the how and why of the city whilst we explore and unpack Sydney’s most provocative and daring projects; works of contemporary architecture, public art and landscape that inspire and delight but also projects that reveal something of Sydney’s grimy pulse.

Tour 2 – Three-Suburbs Central

Exploring the suburbs where Sydney is undergoing the most dramatic of transformations.WHEN: Wednesday, 14th of November 9:30am – 12:30pm

MEETING POINT: Prince Alfred Park Pool. Directly outside the pool entrance. The nearest train station is Central Station (depart the station from Exit 6 “South Concourse”).

COST: $60

DURATION: 2.5 to 3 hours

The transformation and regeneration of Sydney’s inner-fringe.

We will explore the area around Central Station where the suburbs of Surry Hills, Chippendale and Ultimo kiss and where Sydney is undergoing the most dramatic of transformations. It is also the place where the sharpest oppositions are playing out between city and state, memory and newness, money and politics, inspiration and pragmatism opening up conversations big and small.

Our route will be structured around a number of contemporary architectural and urban projects, contested sites and politically charged themes. These include recent headline projects by Pritzker-prize winning architects Norman Foster, Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel. You will also discover transformative work by some of Sydney’s local heroes including Durbach Block Jaggers, William Smart, CHROFI, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Silvester Fuller.
This tour is an exploration of these gritty, rapidly changing and completely mixed up inner-city suburbs weaving a very different narrative through Sydney.

TOUR LEADER:
Eoghan is the principal architect of award-winning practice Eoghan Lewis Architects (http://www.eoghanlewis.com.au/) and founder of the Sydney Architecture Walks (http://www.sydneyarchitecture.org/).

ABOUT US:
We are architects and we conduct architectural and urban tours of Sydney. Each tour is a straightforward and jargon-free story-telling journey that explores ideas through architecture, offering an interface between in-depth architectural knowledge and the wider design community. We want you to understand the how and why of the city whilst we explore and unpack Sydney’s most provocative and daring projects; works of contemporary architecture, public art and landscape that inspire and delight but also projects that reveal something of Sydney’s grimy pulse.