Beauty and the Beast
“Beauty and the Beast” double exposes the iconic sails of the Opera House at Circular Quay with the repetitive geometric, weather stained concrete structure of the Sirius Building on Cumberland Street. A landmark example of brutalist architecture, the Sirius building was built in 1979 for public housing tenants that had been displaced during redevelopment of the Rocks. Despite being a cultural marker in the landscape of Sydney, controversial plans could see the 79 units of the Sirius building replaced by 250 luxury units. Clearing the way for demolition and sale, the building failed to make the “heritage listing” on the State heritage register, despite a unanimous recommendation by the Heritage Council. The government argues that divesting the site will fund hundreds more new social housing dwellings. The debate continues.