"You're Sydney born and bred and you went on a tour in Sydney on the weekend?" says an amused work colleague. I replied, "Yeah, and I learned a lot about why buildings and the city is the way it is today and where it's heading in the future. For example, did you know the best house in the world in 2011 is in Surry Hills, built on a tiny 42 square metre car space?" And then I started rattling off the things I learned about Sydney from Eoghan (pronounced 'Yowen'), our guide on the 'Five-Suburb Dérive' bike tour last Sunday.
Sydney Architecture Walks is no ordinary, run of the mill tour of Sydney. You will see Sydney through a different lens when you spend a day out with the guys at Sydney Architecture Walks by exploring ideas through architecture. The tour also covers stories about the once unfashionable rag trade inner-city suburbs that are undergoing gentrification and are now rebranded into the new 'hipsturbia'. It is designed for those who like to use their heads as much as their legs. Sydney Architecture Walks was established by a bunch of friends who are architects and designers by profession, who simply love cities and love unpacking a city bit by bit to tell stories about the concepts behind the concrete shells, glass skirts and sandstone façade on a piece of architecture or unfamiliar landscape that defines Sydney today.
Five-Suburb Dérive Tour Overview