It’s time to celebrate all things creative with the annual Sydney Design Festival 2018. Taking place 2-11 March, the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is once again partnering in the festival. Join one of our special tours taking place during the festival.
THE SYDNEY OBSERVATORY TOUR
In association with MAAS (the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences) the AAA developed a special architectural tour of the Sydney Observatory in Millers Point, The Rocks.
Join volunteers from the AAA on an architectural tour of one of Sydney’s most significant historic sites.
Built in 1858, Sydney Observatory is one of the most significant sites in the nation’s scientific history. It is recognised as an item of ‘state significance’ by the New South Wales Government and is heritage listed.
Beginning as the centre of scientific research for the colony of New South Wales, the Observatory has a seminal role in the history of timekeeping, meteorology, navigation and astronomy in Australia.
Now known as Observatory Hill, the site was previously known as Windmill Hill, Citadel Hill, Fort Phillip and Flagstaff Hill. Each name indicates the site’s function over time, all of which relied on it being the highest point over Sydney Harbour.
The Observatory buildings, built from stone with distinctive copper telescope domes, were built between 1857 and 1859 in the Italianate style. They combined the practical needs of an observatory with those of an astronomer’s residence. The Observatory grounds recreate the original layout and vegetation of formal gardens cultivated in the 1880s.
Sydney Design - Architectural tour of Sydney Observatory. Presented by the Australian Architecture Association in partnership with Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).
Location: Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort St, Millers Point NSW
Times: 11.00am & 1.30pm
Dates: Sunday 4 March 2018
Tickets: Adult $30 / Concession $25
Click here to book your tickets.
Accessibility: Please note there is no wheelchair access to many of the Sydney Observatory spaces due to narrow and steep staircases in the heritage-listed buildings. Strollers must be cloaked on arrival.
Want to know more about the history of The Rocks and its architecture? Explore the architecture and history of the surrounding areas of the Sydney Observatory on the:
AAA THE ROCKS WALK
This is a two-hour walking tour of Sydney’s oldest suburb, The Rocks. If you are someone who would love to know more about The Rocks than what the tourism industry has to offer, come join our walk and you will discover much more about Sydney’s past, present and future!
Stroll with us through the hilly terrain and see how heritage and contemporary architecture co-exists in harmony. Discover the marks left on the district by the plague of 1900 and by major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the Harbour Bridge. We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new 21st century residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo. See how Barangaroo has been developed and hear about how the architecture shapes the foreshores of the city of Sydney.
The Rocks Walk developed by the Australian Architecture Association.
Location: Meet at the Harbourside Forecourt, Museum of Contemporary Art
140 George St, The Rocks, NSW 2000
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Tickets: Adult $30 / Senior, Student & MAAS Members $25 (ID required to join the walk) / AAA Members Free
Accessibility: Please note the tour encompasses climbing stairs and walking over uneven surfaces.
Click here to book your place on the tour.
ABOUT THE SYDNEY DESIGN FESTIVAL
The Sydney Design Festival 2018 is now in its 20th year. This annual contemporary design festival creates a platform for a convergence of people, ideas and activities across creative industry sectors.
Sydney Design program content provides visitors with an opportunity to unpack design in all its forms – to understand and explore the processes, functions and narratives within design enterprise and to be inspired by the exhibitions and people involved in creating our futures.
This year the Sydney Design festival explores the theme ‘Call to Action’ and examines how design has a role to play in an ever-changing world and has the potential to solve complex global problems.
Click here to explore What’s On over the festival calendar.
- Article: Vanessa Couzens
- Image 1: Sydney Design Festival 2018 logo (sourced from MAAS)
- Image 2: Sydney Observatory (image sourced from MAAS)