Thursday, 14 May 2015

The Rocks, hostel

The Sydney Harbour Youth Hostels Association (YHA) backpacker hostel is located along Cumberland Street at The Rocks. Sydney Harbour YHA and The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre are located above 'The Big Dig' site, between Cumberland and Gloucester streets, where structural remains dating from around 1795 with over a million artefacts found since excavations began in 1994. The buildings, designed by Tzannes Associates, use a lightweight steel structure which are supported above the archaeological remains, allowing visual access to most of the site at ground level. The louvred semi-transparent screens interpret the former facades of the houses of which the footings are visible.


  1. Very modern, and quite thoughtful to build with the dig site in mind.

  2. Interesting way to preserve the past and build something new.

  3. I try to see the positive in most things Jim. The use of colour and lines is very strong but I just find this type of architecture a little underwhelming.

    1. Joe, I agree. The only thing that I found fascinating was the interpreted former fa├žades that had been incorporated in the design.

  4. I recognize an emerging new architecture. . . . . .Break up monotony for the eye..... evocative of older styles, but clean and updated....Nice Jim

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    ALOHA from Honolulu,

  5. this is' an amazing 'article . i wish you're fun with my comment,maybe this blog will be a big blog someday i hope.thank you .

  6. I'd love to see this. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  7. How interesting! Good that the past is being respected here.

  8. pretty interesting! attractive buildings!

  9. I think it's pretty cool to have a building serving that dual purpose.

  10. It is a pretty modern looking building, great shot.

  11. Cool building. Sounds like a very interesting place to visit.

  12. I love your part of the world and enjoy so much anything you share.


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