Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Bank of New South Wales

The former Bank of New South Wales Head Office is located on the corner of George Street and Wynyard Street, beside the former Commercial Banking Company Head Office, opposite Martin Place. It was designed by Robertson & Marks and completed in 1932 in the Inter-War Commercial Palazzo style. The bank changed its name to Westpac Banking Corporation in 1982 following the acquisition of the Commercial Bank of Australia. The ground floor is still a bank branch today but the office space above now houses the head office of software development company Atlassian.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Commercial Banking Company

The former Commercial Banking Company Head Office is located on the corner of George Street and Barrack Street, beside the former Bank of New South Wales Head Office, opposite Martin Place. It was designed by Kent & Massie and completed in 1925 in the Inter-War Commercial Palazzo style. The bank was acquired by the National Australia Bank in 1981 and later bank branches were consolidated so the ground floor became a Virgin Music Megastore and these days is a Burberry store.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Dolls Point, mural

This mosaic mural is on the side of the amenities building in Depena Reserve, in the southern suburb of Dolls Point. This is one of four murals created by Steven Vella in 2008. It depicts the view from the foreshore here across Botany Bay.The building was rebuilt in 2018 but the murals were saved. Others can be seen herehere and here.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Homebush West, St Dominic's Catholic Church

St Dominic's Catholic Church is located on the corner of The Crescent and Hornsey Road, in the western suburb of Homebush West.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Queen Victoria Building, stained glass

This stained glass window sits above the George Street entrance of the Queen Victoria Building, seen here from the first floor above the escalators.
Linked to: Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 21 February 2020

Sans Souci, marina, sunset

This sunset view across the Georges River is from the St George Motor Boat Club, in the southern suburb of Sans Souci.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Zetland, East Village, escalators

These escalators are located in the East Village shopping centre leading up to the gym, in the inner city suburb of Zetland. They have been decorated with a rainbow theme for the annual Sydney Mardi Gras.
Linked to: Signs, Signs.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Sydney Opera House, ferry

The Charlotte is a First Fleet Class ferry acquired in 1985 and is part of the fleet that operates on the Inner Harbour. It was named Charlotte, after one of eleven ships of the First Fleet that sailed to Australia in 1787. It's seen here making its way past the Sydney Opera House heading towards the Circular Quay ferry terminal. This view is from the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Martin Place, paifang

This paifang, also known as a pailou, is a traditional style of Chinese architectural arch or gateway structure which was installed in Martin Place, to celebrate the Sydney Lunar New Year Festival. Behind it, along George Street, are the former Commercial Banking Company Head Office now a Burberry store and the former Bank of New South Wales Head Office now a Westpac Bank branch.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Newtown, mural

This is part of a mural on the side wall of a former warehouse along Wilson Street, in the inner city suburb of Newtown, which has been converted to office space for a software company.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Paddington, St Matthias Anglican Church

St Matthias Anglican Church, is located long Oxford Street, in the eastern suburb of Paddington. This heritage listed building was designed by Edward Bell and built in 1861 in the Victorian Academic Gothic style.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

George Street

Looking south down George Street from the corner of King Street, on a rainy night.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Bennelong Apartments, sculpture

This sculpture hangs below the glass ceiling over the atrium in Bennelong Apartments.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

George Street, shop

This heritage listed, three storey commercial building is located along George Street. It was built in 1858 in the Victorian Classical style and was originally part of a terrace of five buildings. It was previously used by the Bank of New South Wales, then the Gowings Department Store and is now the flagship Nike store.
Linked to: Signs, Signs.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Customs House, Lunar New Year, paifang

This paifang, also known as a pailou, is a traditional style of Chinese architectural arch or gateway structure. It has been installed in Customs Square, in front of Customs House, to celebrate the Sydney Lunar New Year Festival.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Circular Quay, ferries

These Sydney RiverCats are a class of catamaran operated by Harbour City Ferries on the Parramatta River from Circular Quay to Parramatta. The Dawn Fraser is heading past the  Sydney Opera House towards Sydney Harbour, while the Evonne Goolagong has just reversed from the Circular Quay ferry wharves and is in front of the Bennelong Apartments.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Penshurst, Wesleyan Methodist School Hall

The Wesleyan Methodist School Hall, built in 1926, is located beside the Wesley Uniting Church along Penshurst Street, in the southern suburb of Penshurst.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Circular Quay, Lunar Lanterns, Horse

Lunar Lanterns have been installed around Circular Quay to celebrate the Sydney Lunar New Year Festival. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Rat. These Horse lanterns have been installed in front of Bennelong Apartments at East Circular Quay. The Zodiac symbol of the Horse is characterised as animated, active and energetic. They love to be in a crowd and to take centre-stage.

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Queen Victoria Building, Lunar New Year, paifang

This paifang, also known as a pailou, is a traditional style of Chinese architectural arch or gateway structure. It has been installed outside the Druitt Street entrance of the Queen Victoria Building to celebrate the Sydney Lunar New Year Festival.

Friday, 7 February 2020

First Fleet Park, Lunar Lanterns, Rat

Lunar Lanterns have been installed around Circular Quay to celebrate the Sydney Lunar New Year Festival. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Rat. This Rat lantern has been installed in First Fleet Park with the Sydney Opera House in the background. The Zodiac symbol of the Rat can be characterised as intelligent, adaptable and social. The quick-witted Rat cannot let an opportunity to prosper pass them by.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Circular Quay, Lunar Lanterns, Rabbit

Lunar Lanterns have been installed around Circular Quay to celebrate the Sydney Lunar New Year Festival. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Rat. This Rabbit lantern has been installed along the foreshore of Sydney Harbour at East Circular Quay. The Zodiac symbol of the Rabbit can be characterised as friendly, outgoing and prefer the company of others. They also have exquisite taste in both dress and the arts.
Linked to: Signs, Signs.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

The Rocks, Lunar Lanterns, Monkey

Lunar Lanterns have been installed around Circular Quay to celebrate the Sydney Lunar New Year Festival. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Rat. This Monkey lantern has been installed in the front of Cadman's Cottage at The Rocks. The Zodiac symbol of the Monkey can be characterised as quick-witted, charming and lucky. The adaptable Monkey livens up an occasion.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Circular Quay, Lunar Lanterns, Rooster

Lunar Lanterns have been installed around Circular Quay to celebrate the Sydney Lunar New Year Festival. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Rat. The Rooster lantern has been installed along the foreshore of Sydney Harbour at East Circular Quay. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and a cruise ship at the Overseas Passenger Terminal can be seen in the background. The Zodiac symbol of the Rooster is honest, energetic and intelligent. The flamboyant Rooster is confident and is not afraid of hard work.

Monday, 3 February 2020

Redfern, mural

This mural has been painted near the entrance of Redfern Jarjum College, along Redfern Street in the inner city suburb of Redfern. In 2009 St Aloysius's College, a Jesuit boys school in Milsons Point, was granted a lease on the former St Vincents presbytery site. The vision was for a free school that could mentor, educate and assist local urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The word "deadly" is used by many Aboriginal people to mean very good or awesome, in the same way that "wicked" is used.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Penshurst, Wesley Uniting Church

This Wesley Uniting Church, built in 1954, is located on the corner of Penshurst Street and Percival Street, in the southern suburb of Penshurst.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Circular Quay, Alfred Street (Theme Day: Streetscape)

A new streetscape with the Circular Quay Light Rail Stop located at the western end of Alfred Street, between Pitt Street and Loftus Street, beside Circular Quay railway station. It is the final destination on the CBD and South East Light Rail service, which opened in December 2019. These trams will soon be departing for the eastern suburb of Randwick and Chalmers Street at Central railway station, at the southern end of the Central Business District.

Friday, 31 January 2020

Sydney Tower, Westfield Sydney

Sydney Tower rises above Westfield Sydney shopping centre, which was previously known as Centrepoint. This view is from the corner of Market Street and George Street. Myer Department store is on the left corner with the Swissôtel rising above it and the Gowings building is on the right corner.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Concord, substation

This electricity substation No.246 is located along Brays Road, in the inner west suburb of Concord. This heritage listed building was built in 1929 in the Stripped Classical style by the Municipal Council of Sydney.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Woolloomooloo, sculpture

"Telepath" by Bruce Radke is a sculpture which was part of Sculpture On the Wharf, an outdoor exhibition at the Finger Wharf and along the promenade in the inner city suburb of Woolloomooloo, with Garden Island dockyard, Woolloomooloo Marina and the Finger Wharf as a backdrop.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Haymarket, The Exchange

The Exchange is a six storey building located along Little Pier Street at Darling Square, in the inner city suburb of Haymarket. It was designed by Japanese architecture firm, Kengo Kuma & Associates and was completed in 2019. Wrapped in over 20 kilometres of timber ribbons, the unique spiral-like building gives the appearance of a hive. Darling Square Library is spread over two floors and a childcare facility spans over two floors. The ground floor houses a food hall, the mezzanine a restaurant and the rooftop has a bar.

Monday, 27 January 2020

Marrickville, mural

This mural is on the side of a warehouse used as a barista training school, on the corner of Chalder Street and Victoria Road, in the inner west suburb of Marrickville. It was created by street artist Reubszz.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Sydney Opera House, Garden Bar

The Garden Bar was a pop-up bar which was located on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera house in summer. I think it was a great idea which should be revived.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Queen Victoria Building, Lunar New Year, Rat

This installation is in the central atrium of the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) and has been created for the Sydney Lunar Festival. There are five gold rats hanging from the historic dome, lowering themselves down to a gold piece of cheese, in celebration of the Year of the Rat.
Linked to: Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 24 January 2020

St Mary's Cathedral, Hyde Park

A view of St Mary's Cathedral behind blooms and benches in the north east corner of Hyde Park. This photo was taken a year ago during the Festival of Sydney.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Lewisham, street library

This community street library is located along Hudson Street, in the inner west suburb of Lewisham. It allows people to borrow books for free, which can either be returned or exchanged for another book.
Linked to: Signs, Signs.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Darling Harbour, Dodecalis Luminarium

'Dodecalis Luminarium' is a large-scale inflatable sculpture temporarily located in Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour, for the Festival of Sydney. Created by Architects of Air, the luminarium is constructed of translucent vinyl and features enormous air-filled domes and mazes inspired by natural forms, geometric solids, and Islamic and Gothic architecture. The creation expands on the geometry of a dodecahedron, with three dodecadomes joined by a web of tunnels, awash in intense, neon-bright natural light.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Circular Quay Light Rail Stop

The Circular Quay Light Rail Stop is located at the northern end of the Central Business District on Alfred Street, between Pitt Street and Loftus Street, beside Circular Quay railway station. It is the final destination on the CBD and South East Light Rail service, which opened in December 2019. These trams will soon be departing for the eastern suburb of Randwick and Chalmers Street at Central railway station, at the southern end of the Central Business District.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Marrickville, mural

This mural is on the side of a warehouse used as a barista training school, on the corner of Chalder Street and Victoria Road, in the inner west suburb of Marrickville. It was created by street artist Reubszz.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Rockdale, Sydney Chinese Alliance Church

The Sydney Chinese Alliance Church is located along George Street, in the southern suburb of Rockdale.
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