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Happy New Year Sydney Style

1 Jan

Sydney greets 2011 with firework heaven
2011-01-01 02:30:00

Sydney, Jan 1 (DPA) The thousands who camped overnight on Sydney’s foreshore to bag the best places to watch the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve fireworks display declared their vigil well worth it.

‘This has got to be the best place in the world to be tonight,’ said Sydney resident Marc Wilson, one of an estimated 1.5 million who stayed up for what organizers said was the greatest firework show on earth.

Seven tonnes of pyrotechnics went up in blazes of colourful smoke on and around the Harbour Bridge.

The weather was warm and the skies clear for what firework fans said was the best show since the close of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

More than 6,000 had queued for 24 hours to be at the water’s edge when the clock ticked to a new day and a new year.

Taiwanese student Chen Wei Ting, who had waited since Thursday, was first through the gates of the Botanic Gardens to stake his claim to a prime position beside the Opera House.

‘As a foreign student, we think the Australian New Year is very fascinating,’ Chen said.

People around the globe think so too, with a television audience of over one billion expected to tune in for the for the $5-million show.

‘We’re probably the envy of most fireworks people around the world,’ said Fortunato Foti, who is directing a display he said took eight months to prepare and which featured new tricks.

Rather than the customary curtain of golden fire streaming from the bridge, this year Foti managed a chessboard of red and white tumbling lights.

Police warned revelers of alcohol-free zones and that the drunk and disorderly would be in court on the first day of 2011.


Pics- SMH


Six months ago- Sydney Dust Storm

2 Feb

18:00 AEST Wed Sep 23 2009
By ninemsn staff

Strong winds blowing in from the north-west blanketed much Australia’s east coast in dust today.

Sydneysiders awoke to discover the sky was turned a hellish red in the extremely rare weather event. Continue reading

Centrepoint Tower- archive images

29 Jan

It was first going to be known as “The Centrepoint” after a competition called “Name the Tower” put to the public by The Sun Herald in 1968 and was proposed back then to be worth $25 million to build – lol.

Crone conceived Sydney Tower in 1968. Construction of Centrepoint’s shopping areas began in late 1970 with the first 52 stores opening in 1972. The office component was completed in 1974.

Construction of the tower component began in 1975 and was completed in 1981. However, building this tall tower was no small feat. Engineers had to overcome the potential problem of Sydney’s winds on the structure. The tower was designed to withstand a “once-in a-thousand” year storm, bending in winds in excess of 162 mph, as well as an earthquake of a force never anticipated to occur in Australia. 56 cables stabilise the tower.

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Gunyah Beach House

29 Jan

The construction process of this building on a steeply sloping block of absolute waterfront, required an acute degree of forethought & management. The design concept required a flush-finished building envelope using materials in their raw state.

This concept dictated the necessity of fine tolerances at the structural stage of the project, beyond what may be expected as the industry standard. Insitu concrete walls were formed using oregon boards running horizontally through the building. The pre-construction of these walls necessitated a prolonged programme of labour-intensive carpentry & on site surveying to verify al1 tolerances. As the structure was the final finished face, the installation & maintenance of the wall & floor protection was extensive and became a trade in it’s own right. Continue reading

Done House – Glenn Murcutt

28 Jan

Done House
Mosman, Sydney, NSW
1988-91 Glenn Murcutt

Similar to Glenn’s other houses in an urban context, careful attention was given to providing privacy from neighbours and the street whilst giving the sense of isolation in nature. The use of solid masonry walls illuminated by, and contrasting the cast sky connote Glenn’s early travels through the Greek islands. Punctuation of the exterior walls frame select views over the harbour and surrounding greenery, whilst on the street frontages, high windows are used to fill interior spaces with natural light whilst providing the privacy and intimacy common to Glenn’s work. – from the ozetecture website.

This residence has a wonderful sense of privacy for being in the center of Sydney. Skinny-Dipping in the middle of the day is not a problem. Continue reading

Lilyfield House, Sydney

26 Jan

While many architects thrive on the thrill and prestige of starting from scratch, there are often times when only reconstruction will do. This refined rebuild involved the wholesale overhaul of a 19th-century weatherboard house, located close to the centre of Sydney. Originally a worker’s cottage, the Lilyfield House was bought by a family that needed to maximise the available space without settling for an ersatz addition that simply mimicked the original architecture.

Nobbs Radford Architects stepped in with a design for a subtle modern extension, drawing inspiration from the humble original cottage, with its flanks clad in narrow wooden weatherboards, while still managing to convey a functional, standalone character. From the street, the new addition presents a striking geometric counterpart to the traditional pitched roof profile of the original house, with walls covered in industrial gauge steel and a monopitch roof that rises to a spiky peak. Continue reading

Distinguished already, as the last Seidler design

22 Jan

CATHARINE MUNRO  July 25, 2009 . SMH

Signature curves…Joel Hakim inside the “very, very special building.” Photo: Edwina Pickles

THE last design of the late Harry Seidler has been built. The doors of the new Alliance Francaise centre in Clarence Street open on Monday, closing a chapter in Australian architectural history.

“This is the last to be finished,” said the Bauhaus student’s widow, Penny Seidler. “There’s none on the boards now that he designed.”

True to form, the building is taller than some wanted, although it goes nowhere near reaching the scale of his landmark skyscrapers Australia Square, the MLC Centre, Grosvenor Place and Horizon Apartments. Continue reading