Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Opera Australia building

Opera Australia building
Located at 480 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, the building is currently the headquarters of Opera Australia. The company recently had the building repainted which highlights the features of this excellent Art Deco building. Before Opera Australia purchased the building in the late 1980's it was a Hudson's Hardware store for many years.

The building design has an horizontal emphasis which is accentuated by rounded corners which soften the vertical aspect of the walls. Cement rendered horizontal bands further emphasis the streamline effect. Above the main entrance is a classic Art Deco stepped parapet which adds an air of majesty to the building. The Opera Australia building extends back the full depth of the block to the next street. Due to the slope of the site the second storey at the front section of the building becomes the ground floor at the rear.

The workshop area on the front ground floor has been heavily excavated towards the rear of the building due to the slope of the site.

Facade detail

Opera Australia facade detail

More Art Deco information can be found on the DecoWorks Pty Ltd website.

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