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SLM’s Sydney Open 3-4 November

Sydney Open tickets purchased by October 14 include the chance to win access to the State Heritage-listed Tank Stream. Photo: James Horan.

Open invitation to ‘unlock’ Sydney’s gems in November, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 September 2018

Australia’s premier open building event, Sydney Open returns on November 3-4, marking 21 years since the program first unlocked the doors to some of the city’s most historic and architecturally inspiring buildings usually off limits to the public.

Presented by Sydney Living Museums, Sydney Open offers visitors a “behind-the-scenes” look at hidden architectural treasures and some of the city’s most loved buildings.

From places of historic significance to award-winning new structures that shape the city’s urban landscape and cultural life, Sydney Open celebrates great architecture and how it influences our lives.

“Since 1997, we have welcomed more than 76,000 people, both Sydneysiders and visitors, who have enjoyed exploring more than 400 architectural gems,” says Mark Goggin, executive director, Sydney Living Museums. “This year we have curated a diverse and exciting program of more than 60 sites across the city with no end of inspiring architecture, art and history to discover.”

The Sydney Open weekend is broken into two distinct days: the Sydney Open Pass program on Sunday, November 4, and more in-depth, curated Focus Tours on Saturday, November 3.

The Sydney Open 2018 Pass program’s exciting new buildings and spaces include the stunningly adapted Executive Suite at Primus Hotel; historic Chief Secretary’s Building; Macquarie Group at One Shelley Street (inspired by refurbished shipping containers), and the newly-opened Arup Offices at Barrack Place, which offers insights into futuristic work environments.

Sydney Open Pass favourites include The Great Synagogue; Seidler-designed Australia Square; grand Sydney Masonic Centre; Macquarie Group at 50 Martin Place (with its breathtaking art collection); extraordinary harbour views from the AMP Building and St Mary’s Cathedral.

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