The contrasting architecture of Sydney

Sunday 15 June 2014

Having worked for a historic architecture firm in London for over 5 years, it’s no surprise that I developed a serious affection and passion for the conservation and preservation of historic buildings. I knew leaving that behind for the modern high rises of Sydney would be akin to removing a limb but I had no idea that Sydney would have it’s own architectural charm. We waited for a break in the winter rain on Saturday and headed out to soak up some culture along Macquarie Street in the city. We meandered down side streets, skirting along the edge of St Mary’s Cathedral and then off to Hyde Park Barracks (where the first convicts made their home in Sydney). It’s an incredible site to see the ornate lime-washed historic buildings standing proudly against the city backdrop of glass and concrete monstrosities. A quick visit to the museum and we were ready for lunch – we took a slow walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens, passing several weddings and sail boats in the harbour – and grabbed a seat shoulder-to-shoulder at the famous Opera Bar on the steps of the Opera House. Several beers were scoffed in the late winter sun while snacking on some delicious food and listening to the live music ringing out across the harbour. All in all, a perfect winters afternoon.

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After lunch, we headed back home to watch the sun set over the city and the cold front move over our favourite beach…

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  1. That third image is so striking- that beautiful old building nestled amidst high rises. There is also something I really like about the 4th picture. It's like "a new old".

  2. beautiful. just showed a friend my Sydney pics and have been reminiscing ever since, so your pics come at the perfect time :)

  3. Your photos are stunning. I'm a fan of both traditional and modern architecture and the first photo is a fine example of two contrasting styles.

  4. The light there is beautiful - I think it's time to visit :)

  5. I can't help but stare with awe at the beautiful photos. I would love to visit one day.


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