Sydney Open 2016

Access all areas at Sydney Open this weekend, when the city's best buildings are thrown open to the public


Architecture and design lovers can explore some of Sydney's most exciting modern and heritage spaces this weekend, as popular annual event Sydney Open unlocks doors around town. The festival offers access to more than 50 inspiring buildings, usually off limits to the public, from award-winning contemporary offices, studios and galleries to historic government, state and religious edifices, ranging from the CBD to The Rocks and Barangaroo.

TOP: The rooftop view from Tower Two, Barangaroo, aiming to be the first climate-positive precinct of its scale in the world
ABOVE: In new commercial district Barangaroo, Two International Towers, at 200 Barangaroo Avenue, by Rogers, Stirk Harbour + Partners, features high-performance solar-shading facades; Hassell architects' studio, at Pier 8/9, 23 Hickson Road, occupies three levels of a historic Walsh Bay wharf; Grosvenor Place, 225 George Street, by acclaimed Australian architect Harry Seidler, includes back-lit golden onyx walls in the lobby

Snap up a Sydney Open Ticket to join in the fun on main day Sunday 6 November, with a programme of drop-in talks and tours hosted by architects and experts at select buildings ($49 for general admission). You can also book more in-depth, small-group guided Focus Tours on Saturday 5 November, or upgrade to VIP status for priority access on Sunday ($220; includes a preview evening briefing at Level 41 of Two International Towers, Barangaroo, on Friday 4 November). For updates on the day follow host Sydney Living Museums' social media @sydlivmus and hashtag your snaps #sydneyisopen. Our top FizzPicks include the innovative buildings pictured, most of them new on the list this year. Up, up and away!

ABOVE: Macquarie Group at No. 1 Martin Place includes a 2016 Escher-like staircase intervention in the seven-storey atrium by Fitzpatrick + Partners; The eco-chic new EY Centre at 200 George Street is the headquarters for Ernst & Young. By architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorpe (FJMT), its curvy form features natural timber and glass

Pictures: International Towers Sydney; Nicole England; Tim Jones; Brett Boardman