Sydney Opens Up

One day only, now once a year: Sydney Open reboots

Sydney Open returns in 2015, on Sunday 1 November, morphing from bi-annual to annual for this, its 11th edition. Produced by Sydney Living Museums (SLM), Sydney Open takes you behind the scenes of 50 sites of cultural and architectural intrigue around the city. This year the program expands beyond individual buildings to precincts. And what a precinct they’re starting with – the Ultimo/Chippendale quarter where international and local starchitects have made their mark with three new UTS faculty buildings, glistening new apartment towers at work/live/place precinct Central Park, and some truly transformational heritage adaptations of Kensington Street, behind the reborn The Old Clare Hotel.


The program celebrates Sydney’s diversity with old favourites and new masterpieces alike: from bell towers to clocktowers and corporate towers, to underground tunnels, sacred spaces and cultural icons. Behind these heritage facades, secret tunnels, glittering new glass walls and refashioned Singapore-style laneways, SLM Director Mark Goggin thinks 2015 “will be the most Instagram-able Sydney Open day ever.”

Tickets are $49 general admission, less for members, concessions, groups and under-26. City Pass holders could also win Golden Tickets to limited-access areas.

Photography from top:
UTS Building 7, internal stairs. Photo: Anthony Browell.
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, St James’ Church. Photo © Warren Trevelyan-Jones
UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing, The UTS Business School (Building 8). Photo © Andrew Worssam