Sirius Building

ICOMOS Talk: Save Our Sirius Foundation

Join Shaun Carter, Chair of the Save Our Sirius Foundation, and Tao Gofers, Architect of the Sirius Building to hear about the current state of the Sirius Building.

Time & Date: Tuesday 15th May 2018, 5.30pm for 6pm start

Cost: Students $10, Members $15, non-members $20 payable in cash at the door

Venue: GML Heritage Level 6, 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, 2010 (Australia Council Building, corner of Cooper Street – south from Central Station North Concourse exit to Elizabeth Street). Please report to the reception desk on the Australia Council Ground Floor on arrival to be ticked off on the list and to obtain a Visitors Pass.

RSVP: by Friday 11th May 2018 via email to Bookings are essential as places are limited.

The Save our Sirius (SOS) Foundation has been formed by people and organisations campaigning to save Sirius and its residents.

Groups include, Friends of Millers Point, Millers Point Dawes Point and The Rocks Resident Action Group, and the Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks, Public Housing Tenants Group. The SOS Foundation, chaired by Shaun Carter (previous NSW Chapter President of the Australian Institute of Architects) has middle-ground solutions to save Sirius while achieving the government’s aims. The SOS Foundation has worked with local community groups to plan events to save Sirius.

Copies of the book ‘Sirius‘ will be for sale on the night, published by Piper Press.

The book tells the story of Sirius beginning with the 1970s Battle for The Rocks and a Green Ban, which saved an historic precinct and a community. The Green Ban held for four years during which there was no building activity until everyone agreed to build Sirius. Tao Gofers, the architect of Sirius, explains how this agreement was reached and how he designed a vertical village perhaps the last, and arguably the most successful, tower built for public housing in this era.