Like many people in Sydney, I’ve known this building for a long time.
It’s a wonderfully hideous building that deserves to be listed as heritage as it’s part of the history of the development of the Sydney landscape and its “culture”.
This building has a bit of a history behind it that is worth looking into because it helps give reason to explain as to why some people don’t want to see it sold off in order for the state government to use the funds to supposedly fund government housing development elsewhere.
I don’t hold the current state government in high esteem, nor some of the prior ones for that matter. Sydney’s heritage and past should be taken into serious consideration. Little by little its history is sold off and redeveloped because a leading party wants to make a quick buck.
That may sound really cynical, but I don’t care.
Development is important to progress, but it should not involve removing the history of an area.
I think that if you think something like this is an eyesore and should be removed, then you should also think about what could end up being the replacement, as well as why it is where it is.
If you think that government housing shouldn’t be in an area you live in because you pay more money, then you should probably take your shitty attitude elsewhere. Just because you pay more money to live somewhere doesn’t mean you are entitled to something better.
Government housing is quite beneficial, especially considering how much it can cost to rent in Sydney and I don’t have a problem with it being available in expensive suburbs such as The Rocks because I don’t have a problem with people having less money being given the same opportunities to live in the same suburbs as people who are better off.
It allows for more integration which in turn strengthens society.
But I digress.
I like the geometry and pattern of the building, as well as its looking plain and hideous. In a way, its still a rather beautiful sight.
It’s a bold statement, greater in detail than its brutalist design would suggest.
It’s old, but it still stands out quite well.
It appears more artistic than the crumpled paper bag building that U.T.S. forked out around one hundred-and-eighty-million dollars to have built in a spot that’s semi-hidden away.
Perhaps more importantly, unlike the above-mentioned building, as well as a significant portion of the buildings in Sydney, it feels genuine.
In the first photo, I played much more around with colour. I think I made it a little too purple.
The second one is a little bit closer to how the light being cast off the building appeared.
I hope you enjoy.