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MHNSW’s Sydney Open 2023 architecture

Sydney Open to provide behind-the-scenes access to architecturally inspiring spaces, ArchitectureAU, 9 October 2023

Yirranma Place, a restored former church reimagined as a social purpose precinct for philanthropy. Image: Romello Pereira.

Sydney Open 2023 will provide behind-the-scenes access to more than 40 of the city’s important historic and architecturally inspiring buildings and spaces, many usually off limits to the public.

Presented by the Museums of History NSW, the open offers visitors a chance to marvel at some of the most loved and hidden architectural gems across the city, from historic and culturally significant buildings to award winning contemporary and inspirational designs.

Highlights of the program include Argyle Well, an 1840’s terrace restored and extended with a contemporary addition for modern living by Welsh and Major; Mortuary Station, the only surviving example of purpose-built Victorian railway funerary architecture in Australia; RSHP Office Barangaroo Tower 2, a prominent landmark in Barangaroo with views over Pyrmont and Darling Harbour, South Eveleigh, a work and lifestyle precinct; Yirranma Place, a restored former church reimagined as a social purpose precinct by SJB for philanthropy; Parbury Ruins, an archaeological gem preserved under a large residential complex; and Tusculum, a grand colonial villa constructed with stuccoed brickwork and interiors that feature cedar imported from Lebanon and marble from Tusculum in Italy, and home of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the National Art School, with 2023 marking the 101st anniversary of the unique transformation from gaol to art school.
VIEW GALLERY  Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the National Art School, with 2023 marking the 101st anniversary of the unique transformation from gaol to art school. Image: Peter Morgan for Museums of History NSW

Attendees will also have a unique opportunity to visit the National Art School, which, in 2023, is marking the 101st anniversary of the unique transformation from notorious gaol to Australia’s longest running art school.

Museums of History NSW CEO, Mary Darwell said the event is a great opportunity to engage, appreciate and better understand the “diverse and beautiful architectural heritage and stories of this wonderful city.”

“We look forward to seeing everyone on the day soaking up the incredible atmosphere, celebrating Sydney’s great architecture and design.”

Since 1997, the open has welcomed more than 95,000 visitors into more than 600 buildings and places of architectural, historic and cultural significance.