The 11 Most Impressive Buildings in Sydney

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Updated: 1 May 2017
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Sydney might be a new city compared to the rest of the world, but it still has some stunning buildings. From the weird and wonderful to the tall and towering, here is a our list to the most impressive buildings in the city.

The Sydney Opera House

This list wouldn’t be complete without Sydney’s most famous icon, The Sydney Opera House. The striking building is one of a kind and was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon in 1956 during a design competition, where he beat 232 other contestants. It’s not hard to see why.

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International Towers, Sydney

Barangaroo, where the International Towers reside, is Australia’s newest financial and commercial hub for the entire Asia Pacific region. It has been dubbed one of the world’s best office precincts and houses approximately 23,000 office workers.

One Central Park

The stunning tower at Central Park is one of the most innovative buildings in Australia. The reflective tower has a one-of-a-kind counter levered platform that juts out into the sky. There is also an abundance of greenery coming off the building blending the man made with nature seamlessly.

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Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is the first building in Australia to be designed by the world-renowned architect, Frank Gehry. The building’s exterior has a unique crumpled effect on the outside and on the inside it’s home to students from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Sydney Tower

When looking at Sydney’s city skyline, it is impossible to miss the tall, lean tower jutting above the rest – Sydney Tower. The Tower is the city’s tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. You can enjoy sweeping views of the city and a fancy lunch at the rotating restaurant.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art houses one of the most cutting edge modern art in the country from artists around the world. It is also a piece of art itself. The modern black and white building is a beautiful contrast from the sea of historical buildings in the area at The Rocks. It also holds prime position at Circular Quay in between the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

The Queen Victoria Building

The Queen Victoria Building, or the QVB as it is known by, was built in the late 19th century and was designed by the architect George McRae. It is situated in the centre of the city and is one of the premier shopping destinations in Sydney. The interior is just as striking as the exterior and is a must-visit spot when visiting the city.

Australia Square

Australia Square won a number of awards post completion thanks to its innovative and progressive design at the time. The circular building which sits in the centre of the city was designed by one Australia’s most loved architects, Harry Seidler.

Rose Seidler House

This once private Bauhaus-styled home was where architect Harry Seidler’s parents lived and is named after his mother, Rose. It was design by their son, has since become an attraction for architecture lovers and is open to the public each Sunday.

Vaucluse House

Vaucluse House is a stunning mansion from the 19th century which is still surrounded by its original gardens and grounds. The house is nestled into the bushlands next to the harbour’s coast line in the city’s eastern suburb of Vaucluse.

Elizabeth Bay House

The Elizabeth Bay House is an iconic home which was once surrounded by landscaped gardens. Although the exterior is beautiful, the interiors are what draws a crowd. Although built in 1835, it is still worthy of a dream home today.

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