|Sydney Architecture Images- Pyrmont|
|Philip Cox Richardson Taylor and Partners John Andrews|
|1987-2014. Built as the iconic cornerstone of Darling
Harbour to celebrate the bicentenary in 1988. It was a bit of a shock to see
it demolished, but it was clearly very poorly fit for its current purpose.
DH has become a very successful weekend family destination, and a building
on this site needs to be much more accessible to the public (on grade
Demolished 2014. Replaced by DARLING HARBOUR CONVENTION CENTRE
|Late 20th-Century Post-Modern|
|Very pleasing formalistic concrete construction.|
|Robert Woodward’s fountain in front of the Convention Centre.|
|Sydney Convention Centre by John Andrews.|
|Demolition (April 2014):|
Architect lashes out at 'stupid' demolition
Nicole Hasham SMH 16.01.13
HE ONCE said most buildings last longer than people - but John Andrews will likely outlive one of his greatest works.
The renowned architect has spoken out for the first time on a plan to demolish the Sydney Convention Centre at Darling Harbour, blasting it as "rather stupid".
"Does it make sense to pull down $120 million worth of [building] that's perfectly all right?" he said.
Architect John Andrews
John Andrews … the centre's original architect. Photo: Steve Gosch
"As Australia, we just haven't grown up, we haven't developed any good manners and we don't protect and look after our good things."
Andrews, 79, joins architect Philip Cox, who designed the adjoining exhibition centre, in lambasting plans to destroy the buildings rather than incorporate them into the new design.
Infrastructure NSW says Sydney needs world-class facilities to more effectively compete for large events, and the existing buildings are too small to meet demand.
But Mr Andrews questioned why the centre couldn't be expanded. "I don't understand why the [new] architects … are so keen to knock everything down,'' he said. ''Why don't they just reuse things and add to them?"
Authorities did not ring to advise him of the building's pending demolition - he learnt of it while reading the newspaper.
Considered one of Australia's most important architects, Mr Andrews is renowned for the futuristic Intelsat Headquarters in Washington, the CN Tower in Toronto and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
In Australia, he designed the Cameron Offices in Canberra, the American Express Tower in Sydney and convention centres in Melbourne and Adelaide.
The decision to destroy the semi-circular convention centre displayed "a lack of understanding of history, of architecture or city planning", he said.
An INSW spokeswoman said until the Lend Lease consortium was announced as the chosen developer last month, "we didn't have a proposal to discuss with any architect".
The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority was legally obliged to consult with the architects "only a few weeks prior to demolition", however, it planned to "go beyond the requirement to ensure the relevant architects have plenty of time to understand the proposed development, provide their feedback and record their work," the spokeswoman said.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/architect-lashes-out-at-stupid-demolition-20130115-2crm1.html#ixzz2u5M5aEV5
The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, is located in
Sydney's Darling Harbour near the Central Business District. The
building is adjacent to Cockle Bay, Tumbalong Park and the Harbourside
The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre was officially opened in 1988, with a new section of the centre added for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The building is owned by the State Government of New South Wales, and the centre administration and business is run by the Accor Hotel Group.
The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre is used as a conference and convention venue and to hold exhibitions, as well as hosting various smaller events such as weddings and meetings.
The Convention Centre has around 30 rooms, ranging from small meeting rooms to a 3500 capacity auditiorium, as well as foyer areas and other spaces which can be adapted for use as an exhibition space or pre-dinner function venue.
The Exhibition Centre consists of 5 open halls, which are used primarily for exhibitions, but also for gala dinners and other large-scale events.
The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre was used as the biggest venue for the Sydney Games outside of Homebush.
|Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre|