Portrait of Myra Demetriou in Good Weekend

  Window To The World Tim Elliot has written a lovely portrait of Myra for Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend.  “Sometimes, a person’s life story tells a larger tale. In the case of Myra Demetriou, the only resident now left in Sydney’s famed Sirius public housing block, it’s the evolution of Sydney Harbour from working port Read more about Portrait of Myra Demetriou in Good Weekend[…]

Architects Disappointed In Sirius Decision

Today, the Australian Institute of Architects have reaffirmed their support for the recommendation made by the Heritage Council to list Sirius on the NSW Heritage Register by issuing the below press release.  “What is particularly disappointing here is that the Government has ignored the advise of the very experts they have appointed to give them Read more about Architects Disappointed In Sirius Decision[…]

ArchitectureAU: Sirius denied heritage protection, again

Words by Linda Cheng and originally published on ArchitectureAU      The NSW heritage minister Gabrielle Upton has decided not to heritage list the Sirius social housing complex designed by Tao Gofers. Her decision comes after her predecessor Mark Speakman, in August 2016, similarly rejected the unanimous advice of the NSW Heritage Council, which recommended Read more about ArchitectureAU: Sirius denied heritage protection, again[…]

Myra Appears on Cover of Architecture Bulletin

Today, Sirius resident #Myra has appeared on the cover of #ArchitectureBulletin Housing Affordability edition. Sirius has been affordable housing for almost 40 years…. it’s affordable housing now for Myra and Cherie, and can continue as affordable housing for key workers in Sydney. We are ready to talk with the government about options for Sirius that see Read more about Myra Appears on Cover of Architecture Bulletin[…]

The Design Files

If you’re a design-loving local reader, you’ve probably heard about Sydney’s iconic Sirius Building in recent weeks. Designed by Tao Gofers for the NSW Housing Department in 1978/79, this Brutalist edifice is one of Sydney’s most distinctive buildings. A recent decision by the NSW Government has left Sirius without a heritage listing. The intention is to sell the Read more about The Design Files[…]

Radio National: The beautiful beast of brutalism

Glenn Harper appeared on ABC RN this morning with Cassie McCullagh. Glenn and Cassie discuss the concepts behind Brutalism, and it’s history in Australia. “Brutalist architecture is somewhat out of vogue these days – with many example being demolished to meet the insatiable demand to build residential apartment buildings. But should many of these buildings be Read more about Radio National: The beautiful beast of brutalism[…]

Daily Telegraph: Legal challenge to save the Sirius

The Daily Telegraph journalist, Sarah Keoghan, today covered our campaign to legally challenge the Governments decision to not list Sirius on the State Heritage Register. “SUPPORTERS of the Sirius building in The Rocks have raised over $25,000 in a week for a legal challenge against demolishing the iconic apartments. They have also accused the government of Read more about Daily Telegraph: Legal challenge to save the Sirius[…]

ArchitectureAU: A most Sirius matter

Architect Glenn Harper has written an important piece on Sirius for ArchitectureAU; “The Sirius apartment building is a rare and intact example of late Brutalist architecture in Australia as applied to social housing. And as a significant example of cultural heritage, it doesn’t get any better than this.” “In Speakman’s media release, there is a level of Read more about ArchitectureAU: A most Sirius matter[…]


Dezeen has published an article about Sirius today; “New South Wales officials have rejected recommendations to heritage list the Sirius apartment building – leaving one of Sydney’s only examples of Brutalist architecture at risk of demolition. The government’s environment and heritage minister Mark Speakman announced the decision to ignore the advice of preservation bodies. The refusal Read more about Dezeen[…]