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The Sirius building is an apartment complex in The Rocks district of Sydney, Australia. Designed between 1978 and 1979 by architect Tao Gofers, the building is a prominent example of Brutalist architecture in Australia. It has striking repetitive geometries in reaction to the Japanese metabolist architecture movement. The complex was built to rehouse public tenants who had been displaced after a controversial redevelopment of the historic Rocks suburb during the 1960s and 70s. It is notable for being the only high rise development in The Rocks. Sirius houses 79 apartments with generally one, two, three or four bedrooms with single story apartments to two and three storey walk ups. The original plan was to finish the building in a white colour to match the nearby Sydney Opera House. However, due to budget constraints, the building was finished in the standard Brutalist grey. Unit 74 of the Sirius building became somewhat of an unofficial Sydney landmark; its sign displaying ‘One Way! Jesus’ clearly visible to Harbour Bridge commuters. The sign was in place for around 10 years, although the owner of the sign, Owen McAloon, and his motivations to spread a Christian message remained generally unknown. The building housed many of the original residents who fought for their right to remain in the area during the famous Green bans, whose purpose was not to retain heritage buildings but rather to retain the working class community in The Rocks. Ironically many of the buildings remain, but the majority of the residents were moved into the Sirius apartments in the so-called 'people's plan'. The terraces and town houses they used to call home are owned by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA), who receive rent from the tenants living in the building. In July 2016 the NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage announced that the building would not be heritage listed "despite a unanimous recommendation by the Heritage Council." The government's intention is to replace the existing 79 social housing apartments with 250 luxury apartments.
Brutalist style
Sirius is among the few quality examples of the Brutalism style in Australia, demonstrating the style's objective of ethical design based on social concerns as well as its focus on the truthful expression of materials, function and structure. The Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt has launched #SOSBrutalism, a growing database that currently contains over 700 Brutalist buildings. But, more importantly, #SOSBrutalism is a platform for a large campaign ‘to save our beloved concrete monsters’. The buildings in the database marked red are in particular jeopardy. There are few Australian entries in the project, but Sirius is at the top of the list of the world's endangered Brutalist buildings. SOSBrutalism will also lead into an exhibition to be jointly organized by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and the Wüstenrot Stiftung and displayed at the DAM, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in April...   ... (English)
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SYDNEY THE ROCKS
SYDNEY THE ROCKS
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CIRCULAR QUAY
CIRCULAR QUAY
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HARBOUR BRIDGE
HARBOUR BRIDGE
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The Rocks: The Rocks area borders on the Bradfield Highway, leading to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the localities of Dawes Point and Millers Point, to the west. It is immediately adjacent to Circular Quay on Sydney Cove, the site of Australia's first European settlement in 1788.
The Rocks: The Rocks area borders on the Bradfield Highway, leading to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the localities of Dawes Point and Millers Point, to the west. It is immediately adjacent to Circular Quay on Sydney Cove, the site of Australia's first European settlement in 1788.
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Sydney -Harbour bridge from the Observatory
Sydney -Harbour bridge from the Observatory
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Opera House, Sydney,Australia
Opera House, Sydney,Australia
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Sydney - Harbour bridge 2
Sydney - Harbour bridge 2
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