It’s time to celebrate all things creative with the annual contemporary design festival - Sydney Design 2016. Taking place 2-11 September, the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) is once again partnering in the festival. In association with MAAS (the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences) the AAA has 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.
Tour Details: Sydney Design - Architectural tours 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
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Dates:Saturday 3 September 2016 & Saturday 10 September 2016
Tickets: Adult $10 / Concession & Child $8 / Family $26 / Adult (AAA & MAAS Member) $8 / Concession & Child (AAA & MAAS Member) $6 / Family (AAA & MAAS Member) $22
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.
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During the festival you can also explore the architecture and history of the areas surrounding the Sydney Observatory. Join the AAA on the The Rocks Walk and stroll with us through the hilly terrain to experience how heritage and contemporary architecture co-exists in harmony.
Discover the marks left on the district by the plague of 1900 and major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the harbour bridge.
We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses of the 21st Century after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo.
Tour Details: The Rocks Walk
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 September 2016
Tickets: Public $20 / Senior & Student $15 (ID required to join the walk) / AAA Members Free
Accessibility: Please note the tour encompasses climbing stairs and walking over uneven surfaces.
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ABOUT SYDNEY DESIGN
Sydney Design 2016 is now in its 19th 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 ‘Make or Break’ and examines the tension between success and failure and how designers are creatively using and deconstructing production methods and design histories to create solutions.
Click here to explore What’s On over the festival calendar.