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Old January 21st, 2005, 03:58 PM   #21
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What is that stupid ugly housing tower near the fringe in The Rocks? (the brown one with purple tops?
Yeah, it's known as Sirius, but purple tops

A pic by CULWULLA and stats @ Sirus Apartments


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NORTH SYDNEY 1972!!
201 Miller St or Novell House. A spire was later added to 95m high.
Apparently Novell House when clad in modular orange plastic back in the 70s could be seen miles out to sea by ship crew.

Pic taken by Fabian on 28 Nov., last year...



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Old January 21st, 2005, 11:26 PM   #22
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AMP Tower looks to be around 350m in that shot
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Old January 21st, 2005, 11:59 PM   #23
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Ugly??

Sirrius is a 70s classic. A really good and celver example of a style which I'm not always thrilled by, but at it's best is terrific. The layering on this one, the way the modules combine in th eoverall shape. I love it....
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^ It would be great tho' to live on one of the top floors of Sirius, particularly on the eastern side. Imagine the views.

Here are some more pics from different pages joined (obviously) that I scanned from a late 60s Mexican publication printed in English,
"International AUGE".

From East Circular Quay to The Rocks; what were they thinking, or NOT thinking?




...and from Wooloomooloo to William St with accompanying text. LOL @ "The Future".




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Old January 24th, 2005, 05:01 AM   #25
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when you go across the bridge there are purpleish blue parts on it near all the highest points.. DMB - its design is interesting but the colour ewww....if they claded it with glas then it would look good but if you go up close theres actualy tin foil in about 6 windows and a wrong way sign in another ...look out mt. duitt lol
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Old January 24th, 2005, 09:16 AM   #26
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What were these folks thinking with Wooloomooloo in the early 70's???? It would of been an awesome sight to be greeted to scrapers as you approached the area from the Cahill Expressway but most of the towers had no architectural merit and would of been outdated the moment they went up. These towers would of been a blight on the East Sydney/Kings Cross skyline. The Hong Kong style commie blocks proposed for Darlinghurst would of been a disaster just like it's Redfern counterparts. On a positive, it did look elaborate, which The Rocks development lacked.

Also, Muse where in George Street was the Royal Arcade Building proposed for?
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Old January 24th, 2005, 11:00 AM   #27
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Firstly Fabs, they wouldn't have been the final designs for Wooloomooloo nor The Rocks but I imagine the envelopes. Don't forget the inner-city harbour suburbs were slums and extremely poor areas back in the 60s. They were thinking "lower working class cleansing" I reckon.

If the developers would've gone ahead with them though, most would be riddled with concrete cancer by now due to all that construction cost-cutting going on back then.

The only area/s we can hope for any height in the future is heading south from the CBD especially with the new state government initiative, The Redfern-Waterloo Development Authority. Such mass development would never happen in Wooloomooloo nor The Rocks now, obviously.

As far as The Royal Arcade building referred to, it's The Hilton. As we know, The Royal Arcade was the arcade underneath The Hilton before the big refurb.

A Daily Telegraph article in Oct 1973 that I came across on microfish at the State Library, called it "The Lanray Centre" but what that became was "Capital Centre" seen on the left hand-side in part of the pic below Fabian took back in Dec. 2002. Sydney Hilton is seen in part on the right-hand side. Lanray Centre certainly doesn't sound like the hotel that the main tower component was always intended to be. (I must get a scan of it)

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Old January 24th, 2005, 02:16 PM   #28
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Old January 24th, 2005, 02:25 PM   #29
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I think if that had actually been built we would have grown to love it. Besides the designs would have changed as they built it in stages, like La Defense.
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Old January 25th, 2005, 01:45 AM   #30
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^ Sure, if done in stages over 20 years.

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for some reason i find this really funny
Oh, it's hilarious!! "The Future" lolol

BTW Here is a thread on a proposal Fabian found from 1969 for William St: Westfield Development
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Old January 25th, 2005, 12:33 PM   #31
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BTW Fabian. Here are some pics you took of The Royal Arcade before it closed for the Hilton refurb. We can see what a roaring trade it was doing





There was a skyline impression I remember seeing in the mid-90s sometime. It was from The Telegraph (or The Sun if it was still around) on the front page and and was of Circular Quay with lots of helipads and skybridges. I didn't keep it so it will take a lot of looking @ The State Library

It was so stoopid that it was great!!

BTW CULWULLA. Do you have anymore from your boxes?

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Old January 25th, 2005, 12:47 PM   #32
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Old January 28th, 2005, 09:34 PM   #33
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Scanned from The SMH, July 1968:



The faded text reads:

"Buildings are becoming more modern...and going higher. On the left is a model of the proposed shopping centre for the central city area in Sydney; above is a model of a possible development of the Hotel Sydney Tivoli site and on the right is an architect's sketch of the Bank of New South Wales building now under construction at the top of Martin Place."

It's interesting to note that the model in the middle has the base podium already being envisioned in 1968 @ approx. the same height albeit broken up with World Sq Retail, E&Y @ Latitude's base, 550 and 580 George Street.

Of course the Bank of N.S.W. is now the Westpac Bank Building @ 60 Martin Place, which was completed in 1971: Westpac Bank Building
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Old February 1st, 2005, 03:36 AM   #35
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yes just give me some time .been busy
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Old February 1st, 2005, 03:49 AM   #36
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Cool. Whenever you like.

Do you remember the one I mention on the front of the tabloid (Tele I think) with all the helipads and skybridges of the scrapers @ The Quay?
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^ not sure? sounds interesting
checkout this thread with never builts. -Skytower

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=176559
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this one would have looked nice too ;p maybe would have made cbd look bit lop sided but still!
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Old February 3rd, 2005, 02:34 PM   #39
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Cul i have heaps of old ones form that era was going to give them away if you want any
and i dont think that whole redevelopment would have been to bad over time
as far as the arcade at the hilton ech !!
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gRRRRRRR that skytower is "wipes drool from mouth" so BIG
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