Sydney's secret spaces unlocked for Sydney Open 2010

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27 September 2010
Sydney's secret spaces unlocked for Sydney Open 2010

An exciting line up of Sydney’s most exclusive addresses will be revealed on Tuesday 28 September at the launch of Sydney Open 2010, an event that gives the public the keys to the city’s most famous doors.

Guests at the launch will enjoy a sneak peak of one of the highlights on the event program, stepping inside the gleaming white futuristic Moebius House in Dover Heights, with its unspoilt views across Sydney Harbour.

The Moebius House is set to be one of the must-have hot ticket items when Sydney Open tickets go on sale Wednesday 29 September.

To be held on the weekend 6 & 7 November, Sydney Open opens the doors to 70 of the city’s most prestigious landmarks, many of them accessible for the first time.

Inspired by similar events in London, New York and Toronto, Sydney Open is coordinated by the Historic Houses Trust (HHT) to showcase the best the Emerald City has to offer on Australia’s architectural stage.

HHT Director Kate Clark says Sydney Open 2010 unlocks the doors to some of Sydney’s newest buildings as well as much loved heritage sites and stunning private addresses.

“Sydney Open gives you the chance to see the latest in award-winning architecture, underground tunnels, towers, roof gardens and stunning penthouses with fabulous Sydney views.

“This year we’re also focussing on lesser-known areas of Sydney, inviting people to be curious about their own city and to peep into unfamiliar new urban areas and lane ways.

“Sydney Open is a great opportunity to discover, explore and appreciate places that are normally off limits or that you might have been walking past every day and wanted to see inside.

“This is the eighth time we’ve run Sydney Open and it brings together architects, interior designers and more than 400 enthusiastic volunteers of all ages, creating an incredible buzz around the city,” she said.

The Sydney Open City Pass gives ticket holders the chance to plot their own route around the city on Sunday 7 November, choosing from more than 50 buildings, including favourites such as the Sydney Fire Station, the King Street Courts, the Great Synagogue and the glorious National Mutual building.

For the first time you can tour the Culwulla Chambers on King Street, once the tallest building in Sydney for 50 years, the new Sydney Harbour YHA built over an exposed archaeological dig or the hotly debated waterfront site Barangaroo.

Check out some of Sydney’s cutting-edge office buildings that have set a benchmark in sustainable design such as the multi-award winning workplace6 in Pyrmont and The Gateway at Millers Point or go behind the scenes at the new Sydney Theatre or the modern ABC studios in Ultimo.
 The Moebius House is one of 20 exclusive Focus Tour sites on offer including underground Tank Stream tours, climbing up the dome of the Queen Victoria Building or stepping inside the Sulman-Award-winning Jack House in Wahroonga or the three level waterfront Spencer House in Mosman embedded in the side of a hill.

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 September: tickets.hht.net.au or 02 8239 2211 Be warned: they sell fast!

City Pass for Sunday 7 Nov: General $40 Conc $30, Family $110 Focus Tours on 6 & 7 Nov $30 each site

Sydney Open 2010 is proudly associated with the 2010 Sydney Architecture Festival

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