At Risk – Sydney : Sirius Building

ph: Craig Hayman
ph: Craig Hayman

In Danger of demolition: Sirius Building

“Sirius was designed by Theo (Tao) Gofers in 1975 for the Housing Commission. Sited beside the southern approaches to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it looks out to Circular Quay and the Opera House. The original plans for the development included a commercial block to the south of the main residential block, but only the larger residential block was built. Sirius is currently listed on both the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and Australian Institute of Architects (NSW) heritage registers due to its architectural and social significance.”

More on Millers Point on Sirius

Recent News

  • NSW Environment and Heritage Minister Mark Speakman rejected the request to Heritage List the Sirius Building in July 2016.
  • Shaun Carter as NSW Chapter President of the Australian Institute of Architects, will crowdfund to run a legal action aimed at reversing the Minister’s decision.
  • Read more about the two positions in the Domain Article 

Gallery of the Sirius Building

Text and images courtesy of

“S.O.S. Save Our Sirius”

“The SOS Save Our Sirius Foundation met recently in the Phillip Room inside Sirius and Craig Hayman took the opportunity to photograph the building, its residents and those campaigning to save it. […] Click here for a recent update on Sirius with links to other stories about Sirius.”

“Sirius stands between the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge and it is the only high-rise building in this area. It stands as a monument to the 1970s Green Bans as well as being home to many who were displaced by The Rocks redevelopment at the time of its construction.”