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The Most Impressive Buildings in Sydney

The Most Impressive Buildings in Sydney
Sydney might be a fairly new city when compared to other places, but the New South Wales capital is still home to some beautiful historical buildings, as well as striking contemporary edifices. From the weird and wonderful to the tall and towering, these are the most impressive buildings in the city.

Sydney Opera House

Opera House
Sydney, city skyline at sunset, Australia
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in the city’s harbour | © ronnybas / Alamy Stock Photo
The modern multi-venue Sydney Opera House is among the most recognisable centres of musicf, theatre and culture in Sydney and the world. Not only is it among Australia’s most famous landmarks, it is also an important example of Modern Expressionist architecture. This performance hub is home to several resident companies, including Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
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International Towers

Architectural Landmark
General views of the Barangaroo development project showing International Towers Sydney, and Tower One, Streets of Barangaroo, Sydney.
The International Towers in the Barangaroo development were designed by architects Richard Rogers and Ivan Harbour | © Paul Lovelace / Alamy Stock Photo
Barangaroo, where the International Towers reside, is Australia’s newest financial and commercial hub for the entire Asia-Pacific region. The buildings have been dubbed one of the world’s best office precincts and house approximately 23,000 office workers. Created by Richard Rogers and Ivan Harbour, the towers were designed as three sibling buildings, each with a separate identity. The striking towers form an imposing part of the skyline on the edge of Sydney.
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm

One Central Park

Architectural Landmark
General Views showing One Central Park which is built around Chippendale Green, Sydney, Australia.
One Central Park received a five-star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia | © Paul Lovelace / Alamy Stock Photo
With a tapestry of hanging gardens flowing down the two apartment towers and a high-tech ‘cantilevered heliostat’ reflecting daylight on to the greenery below, this glitzy development is one of Sydney’s greenest buildings. The reflective tower soars 117 metres (384 feet) above inner-city Chippendale, and the Green Building Council of Australia awarded One Central Park a five-star rating when it opened in 2013 – the largest structure in the country to earn this certification.
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Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, University of Technology Sydney

University
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building was designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry | © Arcaid Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Acclaimed architect Frank Gehry designed the 12-storey Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, completed in 2014 and home to a business school at the University of Technology Sydney. The building’s organic appearance mixes with modern elements, such as large geometric windows that interrupt the flow of the curved walls made of textured brickwork, to create a unique juxtaposition.
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Sydney Tower

Architectural Landmark
The Sydney Tower CBD Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Tower is the city’s tallest structure | © MB_Photo / Alamy Stock Photo
When looking at Sydney’s skyline, it is impossible to miss the tall, lean tower jutting above the rest – Sydney Tower. It’s the city’s tallest structure and the second-tallest observation tower in the southern hemisphere. You can enjoy sweeping views of Sydney and sit down to an elevated lunch at the rotating restaurant.
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Architectural Landmark, Scenic
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Architectural Landmark
Mordant Wing, Museum of Contemporary Art Extension, Sydney, Australia
The Mordant Wing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia opened in 2012 | © Arcaid Images / Alamy Stock Photo
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia houses some of the most cutting-edge art in the country from artists around the world. It is also an architectural gem, comprising an Art Deco-inspired building and a modern black-and-white addition (Mordant Wing), which is a beautiful contrast from the sea of historical structures in The Rocks area. The museum also holds a prime position at Circular Quay, between the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Queen Victoria Building

Architectural Landmark
inside Queen Victoria Building Sydney
The Queen Victoria Building dates back to the late 19th century | © picturelibrary / Alamy Stock Photo
Today, this opulent Romanesque Revival masterpiece is among Sydney’s most cherished pieces of architecture – but it’s a miracle it’s still standing. The city wanted to demolish this decaying Victorian-era market before a Malaysian company gave the QVB a much-needed makeover in the 1980s, restoring this old gem to its former glory.
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Atmosphere:

Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Australia Square

Architectural Landmark
This 50-floor tower was a groundbreaking piece of Australian architecture when it was constructed in the 1960s, soon after Sydney scrapped height restrictions on inner-city skyscrapers. This round high-rise was the brainchild of acclaimed local architect Harry Seidler, who pioneered Modernism and Bauhaus design Down Under after fleeing his native Vienna during World War II.
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Vaucluse House

Archaeological site
A stunning mansion from the 19th century, the Vaucluse House is still surrounded by its original gardens and grounds. The house is nestled in the bushland, next to the harbour’s coastline in the city’s eastern suburb of Vaucluse. Originally a single-storey cottage, the colonial explorer, barrister and politician William Charles Wentworth bought the building in 1827 and set about developing it into a large estate.
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Rose Seidler House

Architectural Landmark
Front exterior of Rose Seidler House, part of the Sydney Living Museums, design by architect Harry Seidler for his parents
The Rose Seidler House is a Bauhaus-style home | © Christine Wehrmeier / Alamy Stock Photo
Harry Seidler designed this Bauhaus-style home for his parents in 1948. Named after his mother, Rose, it has become a popular attraction for architecture lovers. Known as “one of the finest examples of mid-20th-century Modern domestic architecture in Australia”, the Rose Seidler House is open to the public each Sunday and well worth a visit – the beautiful modernist style that permeates the house is as attractive today as it was in the 1940s.
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Elizabeth Bay House

Architectural Landmark
Exterior view of Elizabeth Bay House with an old Australian colonial regency architecture style in Sydney NSW Australia
The Elizabeth Bay House is an example of the Greek Revival style popular in the first half of the 19th century | © Keitma / Alamy Stock Photo
Built in 1835 in the popular Greek Revival style of the time, the Elizabeth Bay House was once known as “the finest house in the colony”, set in the middle of landscaped gardens. The exterior is still beautiful, but it’s the interior that really draws a crowd. The lavish furniture and elegant decorations are well worth seeing, and the house also has two wine cellars and a grotto.
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