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Sydney Open 2018

Spend the weekend exploring some of Sydney's most off-limit locations.
By Rachel Cormack
October 01, 2018
By Rachel Cormack
October 01, 2018

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If you're an architecture enthusiast or get your kicks from discovering new and interesting spaces, get ready. Sydney Open 2018 is almost upon us — the weekend-long architecture extravaganza kicks off on Saturday, November 3. More than 60 of the city's most mysterious locations, normally privy to a select few, will be open to the general public and ripe for exploration.

Thanks to Sydney Living Museums, some of Sydney's most treasured and architecturally significant buildings will open their doors to the general public, and you can be one of the first to traverse this highly coveted terrain. This year, you can step inside The Beehive, an award-winning architecture studio celebrated for its incredible use of found materials; go behind the scenes at Wynyard Station to see the motor room, wooden escalators and stunning Interloop installation by Chris Fox; or peek inside the usually off-limits Sydney Masonic Centre to see the building's intriguing brutalist features firsthand.

With the Sydney Open Pass, you can plan your own adventure and explore more than 40 buildings at your own pace. Stroll through the newly built Arup offices at Barrack Place, or visit one of the most technologically advanced buildings in Australia at One International Towers Sydney. If you'd prefer a more in-depth experience, book a Focus Tour. These expert-led guided tours will take you through historic harbourside sites, acclaimed private residences and other rarely seen secret spaces.

Talks will be held across the weekend (free with the Sydney Open Pass), and architects will be on hand to discuss the history, design and function of select locations. Check out the full list of buildings on show, pick your favourites, book a pass and get ready to bask in the beauty of our stunning city. All Sydney Open Passes purchased by Sunday, October 14 have the chance to win a Golden Ticket to the Tank Stream Tour.

Images: Grosvenor Place, Brett Boardman; Chief Secretary's Building, Brett Boardman; Grosvenor Place, Brett Boardman; Sydney Masonic Centre, James Horan; The Beehive, Rafaella Rosselli.

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