Sunday, September 9, 2007

The ugly side of Sydney

This block of Housing Commission flats is situated close to the harbour bridge, in the Rocks area of Sydney. I bet it looked nice on the drawing board but in reality, it is always on top of any "Sydney's ugliest building" survey.


Viki said...

Mike, This looks more like a photo of a prison than a block of flats! Nice nesting place for birds though, so it does have its good points.

Anonymous said...


I hate to say this but as soon as I saw it I thought of one of those buildings that you see in Eastern Bloc countries or one of those sentry posts from the Berlin Wall.
It looks as is someone has been trying to screen it with ivy or something even if it was painted or recladded it might not look so bad but that horrible grey.
Unfortunately we have a few like that here, one is a large shopiing centre in the middle of the city known unlovingly as the 'Blot'

Scots gran

Mike Hitchen said...

Hi Viki. One advantage it does have is the view! It is in a prime position near Circular Quay and overlooks the whole harbour and Opera House. But everyone hates this building!

Mike Hitchen said...

Hi Scots Gran, that;s exaclty what it looks like!

Unknown said...

Large areas of concrete always look awful. The shape is pretty naff as well.
Still it could be tarted up with a mirrored glass and steel facade or something. It depends what it is like inside