Sydney Open Focus Tours Sneak Peek
The full Sydney Open 2019 program, including Focus Tours tickets, will launch first to members on 18 September and to the public on 19 September.
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Central Station Clock Tower Climb
Location: Central Station Clock Tower, Haymarket
Architects: Walter Liberty Vernon, NSW Government Architect; Otto Cserhalmi (Clock Tower restoration, 2011–12)
The Central Station Clock Tower, once known as ‘the working man’s watch’, is Sydney’s tallest clock tower at 85 metres. Visitors will take a railway journey through time as they climb the steep staircases all the way up to the original clock mechanism and the four giant clock faces.
The Boiler House Tours
Location: The Boiler House, West Ryde
Architect: Public Works
Venture into a high-security site that is rarely opened to the public. Tours of the Sydney Water Boiler House will showcase the history of Sydney’s water, steam and rail industry and reveal secrets from Sydney Water’s archives. Visitors can explore the building, the viaduct, and the rail sidings on the roof.
Marrickville Library: Past and Present
Location: Marrickville Library, Marrickville
Join BVN architects and the Inner West Council for an intimate tour of the new Marrickville Library. Learn how the former Marrickville Hospital building has been extended and adapted to create a new heart for the community, and how its design incorporates the site’s rich history.
Welcome to the Jungle House
Location: Welcome to the Jungle House, Darlington
Architect: CplusC Architectural Workshop
Described as ‘a machine for sustaining life’, this unique house is designed for self-sufficiency – with an underground rainwater-storage system, aquaponics and edible-fish ponds, a rooftop vegetable garden with native bees, and energy storage. Tour the house with owner and builder Clinton Cole (CplusC Architectural Workshop) and learn how all these systems are managed and monitored by mobile devices. Numbers are strictly limited!
Tom Uren House Tour
Location: Tom Uren House, Balmain East
Architect: Richard Leplastrier
Like many Leplastrier houses, Tom Uren House – beautifully framed by harbour views – is lovingly crafted, with recycled jarrah and karri framing, blackbutt walls and brushbox floors. Visitors will experience its calming effect as soon as they step through the door for an engaging tour and talk from its owners.
Brand New This Year: After Dark tours
Mortuary Station After Dark
Location: Mortuary Station, Chippendale
Architect: James Barnet, Colonial Architect
The only remaining Victorian funerary railway station in Australia, Mortuary Station was purpose-built to transport the deceased and the living between Sydney and Rookwood Necropolis. Visitors will hear from a Sydney Trains heritage specialist and enjoy the rare opportunity to explore this mysterious site at night-time. Not for the faint-hearted!
Sydney Open 2019
Join us for a weekend-long celebration of architecture.
Sunday 3 November: Sydney Open program
Access early-release Sydney Open Passes to our Sunday program here.
The full program, including Focus Tour tickets, will go on sale 18 September for members and 19 September for the general public.