Gold Melting Bar

Gold Melting Room Photo for Sydney Living Museums.

The Mint: Member & VIP Lounge

Sunday 3 November 2019

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney

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‘Rum Hospital’ architect unknown

Additional architects

Captain Edward W Ward and Joseph Tricket (1854–55, redevelopment)

Richard Francis-Jones, FJMT; Clive Lucas (conservation architect), Stapleton & Partners; Godden Mackay Logan (archaeologists) (2001–04, heritage conservation and adaptive reuse)

We’ve inviting all Sydney Open Member and VIP Pass holders to relax, recharge and enjoy a day of fascinating talks.

Grab a complimentary tea or coffee, pick up a printed map and plan your day in one of Sydney’s most significant public buildings.

Talks Program

This year we’re excited to launch an exclusive Member & VIP Talks Program. Hear from experts in their fields across architecture, heritage and conservation, design, history and the urban landscape. Bookings are not needed - just drop in and show your Member or VIP Pass at the door.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for talk times and topics.

Speaker line-up

11am - Catherine Love, PTW Architects Sydney

11.30am - Natalia Krysiak & Andrew Fong, Hayball Architects

12pm - Andrew Cortese, Grimshaw Architects

12.30pm - Claire Nunez, GML Heritage

1pm - Andrew Pettifer, Arup

1.30pm - Dr Vanessa Berry, University of Sydney

2.00pm - Chris Bickerton, BVN

Find out more about the speakers.

The Gold Melting Room, The Mint

In 1854, the site was converted into the first overseas branch of London’s Royal Mint. Today, the site integrates heritage buildings, historic structures and archaeological elements with new buildings designed by architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT).

Read more about The Mint.

On Sunday 3 November

What’s open?

The Rum Hospital building on Macquarie Street; courtyard; grounds; former coining factory, head office of Sydney Living Museums.

Talks, tours & more


Catherine Love, PTW Architects will present her perspective on design through a diversity of projects across multiple countries and cultures.

20 mins


Natalia Krysiak and Andrew Fong, Hayball Architects will explore why ‘play’ is an important component of innovative work and learning environments and how it can be integrated into the design process.

20 mins


Andrew Cortese, Grimshaw Architects will focus on Grimshaw’s environmental and social agenda in relation to the built environment.

20 mins


Claire Nunez, GML Heritage will talk about about Hidden treasures in Sydney and how particular projects have allowed GML to explore an engineering wonder, a funerary landscape and a skilfully converted industrial space.

20 mins


Andrew Pettifer, Arup, will look at how engineering design has shaped Sydney.

20 mins


Dr Vanessa Berry, author of Mirror Sydney will share some of her favourite Sydney sites and stories from the city and beyond.

20 mins


Chris Bickerton, BVN. The robots are here! Industrial robot arms and digitally connected manufacturing technologies (like 3D printing) are increasingly becoming integrated into our industry. BVN is working towards being leaders in this exciting field by maintaining and growing relationships to collaborate on applied research opportunities.

20 mins


to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available

  • Pram friendly

  • Accessible

Opening hours


Last entry



10 Macquarie Street, Sydney


The Mint’s involvement in Sydney Open has been made possible by Sydney Living Museums.