Tag: Sydney Opera House

The Opera House Project …

The Sydney Opera House, now considered the top New Seven Wonder of the World as voted by Teletex Holidays, is a worthy topic to revere. Is it any wonder then that it should be dissected to obtain a higher understanding of this building so worthy of its adoration?

Examining the worthwhile topic in detail, The Opera House Project explores everything there is about the famed building through an online interactive documentary.

Run with the ABC, the Project houses hours of content available to view in your own time including a video relating to information about the construction and engineering, a 3D studio exploring the original design drawings and construction, information of the history of the site and outlines performances and events since its inauguration.

The Opera House Project is a beautiful platform to explore one of the most coveted architectural feats of the Twentieth Century.

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VIVID 2011…

It’s BACK!  The annual Sydney Festival of creativity and ideas descends on KE-ZU’s hometown this coming Thursday and for eighteen days and nights across our foreshore, city streets, Opera House and surrounds the city will be awash with light, live music and inspiration.

Our favourite aspect of VIVID’s extensive events calander is undoubtedly Lights ON, the free light scuplture walk and 3D light projections onto and surrounding some of our most famous landmarks.

Two years ago Brian Eno innaugurated the role of guest curator a role that included the honour of designing projections that would wash the massive Sydney Opera House sails in a kaleidoscope of colour and light.

This year French design collaborative SUPERBIEN are stepping up to the plate.  Early signs indicate they are set to blow us away with creations that have been described as:

an immersive experience, seamlessly integrating every possible technique into new forms of multimedia expression.

Additionally, the return of the light-scuplture walk around the historical Rocks precinct is fantastic to see!

First taking part in 2009, RE-CYCLE by CLOUSTONassociates, was a crowd favourite.  The interactive installation harnessed the power of human energy to generate the illumination of oversized electric blue light rings that were dramatically suspended in and around a series of large fig trees.  Using bikes made of recycled parts and employing the components of disused washing machines, the installation embraces the core ideals that drive VIVID: creativity through great innovation.  VIVID organisers obviously agreed with the public feedback and have invited CLOUSTONassociates to re-exhibit this year!

We wonder if a re-naming of RE-RE-CYCLE, might now be more appropriate?

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Sprung!: CLOUSTON Associates + Greenhouse by Joost…

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Landscape Architects, Urban Designers and Planners: CLOUSTON associates (Sydney, Gold Coast, Darwin and Abu Dhabi) this week took over the Greenhouse by Joost pop up restaurant at Sydney’s Circular Quay.

Braving record rainfall over 100 clients, suppliers, friends and staff made the most of the unique location with wonderful food, free flowing beverages and (when the breaks in rain allowed)  the stunning views across Sydney Harbour to the Bridge and Opera House from the venue’s roof gardens.

(“Sprung!” is our pictorial coverage of parties and events, we welcome submissions for publication, to submit your event drop us a line)

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Monocle on Sydney…

We couldn’t think of a better person to take Monocle on a tour of our hometown!  Think you know Sydney? Anne-Maree Sargeant has a penned a wonderful piece uncovering the ins-and-outs of a City on the move, celebrating  many of its hidden gems: treasures lurking beyond the arch of the bridge and the sheen on the Opera House Sails…

The April issue of Monocle is on newsstands now.

Check out the teaser video above!

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Greenhouse By Joost…


Opening their ‘green’ new doors this week and simultaneously marking the first day of their impressive World Tour is Greenhouse by Joost.

Working tirelessly through the night at the North-Eastern end of Sydney’s Circular Quay, builders have been putting the finishing touches on what architect Joost Bakker describes as:

the greenest building on Earth

Part waste free restaurant, part architectural marvel and yet entirely environmentally minded, The Greenhouse has been devised to promote sustainable construction techniques and operational processes.


Continuing the concept Bakker started in Melbourne’s Federation Square in  2008, this structure boasts assembly from 100 per cent recycled or sustainable materials and only waste that can be composted on-site is permitted within the building.  Produce that is grown on the building itself or gathered from local, seasonally available sources is used in the restaurant.

The Greenhouse is about designing and operating better places for people. Places that let us touch natural materials, understand where everyday things come from and taste fresh food straight from the garden.


Claiming it’s prime position for the next eight weeks, Sydney-siders would be well advised to pop down and take it all in.  You can’t really miss it, it’s the Greenhouse opposite the Opera House.

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Digital Death: Buy Life…

A post with a difference today – An intriguing, “using viral to fight viral”, macabre concept in the name of a brilliant cause.

December 1st as many would be aware is World Aids Day, a date nominated for reflection, improving awareness of and the raising of funds in the ongoing battle against HIV and AIDS across the Globe.

U2’s Bono (currently touring Australia) on Monday lit the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in a wash of red lights in line with other landmarks around the World as a sign of respect for all who have lost their lives to the disease.

Today, being the 1st of December in the US, an intriguing campaign was launched headed by musician Alicia Keys and her Keep a Child Alive foundation called “Digital Death: Buy A Life“.  Click the image above to watch the video clip.

Pulling onboard a swag of celebrity mates from Actor Elijah Wood, Photographer David LaChapelle to Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and tennis star Serena Williams; Keys has, in the name of fundraising, convinced them all to go without their “digital life” (twitter, facebook updates) indefinitely from 1.12.2010 until $1,000,000 is pledged in the fight to save children’s lives affected by HIV in Africa and India.

A monumental undertaking that in the first 24 hours sees over $100,000 already donated!

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Free and Easy: Sydney’s 17th Biennale

Image Copyright: Owen Lynch

From May 12th until August 1st, some of Sydney’s most hidden, evocative locations are being made publicly accessible for the 17th Biennale of Sydney.

Based on the curatorial theme THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, recent and new works by Australian artists will be showcased alongside international artists at Sydney’s leading cultural institutions, contemporary art spaces and heritage sites.

Alongside the Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art, NSW Art Gallery and Art Space the evocative Harbour foreshore heritage sites: Pier 2/3 and Cockatoo Island have thrown their doors open for free, for the two and a half month exhibition.

Thought provoking, challenging, haunting and awe inspiring, the sheer scale of this event and many of the works therein, hold so much that it is near impossible to walk away indifferent to the experience.

A breathtaking backdrop, Cockatoo Island in particular is to be recommended for the truly unique opportunity it provides; to absorb the 120 installations whilst immersing yourself in Sydney’s maritime and industrial heritage.

Not to be missed…

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