The Sirius Building with concrete brutalist architecture dotted with potted plants and cityscape in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney’s Sirius Building is Still Standing Tall

Sydney’s Sirius building is not only striking to look at, but it has one of the most unique histories of any building in the world.

Though there are many who still wish it would go away, the building has more than its share of fans who have fought throughout the decades to keep it standing.

Below we will discuss the history of the building, as well as the best way to see it when visiting Sydney, Australia. 


The Sirius building is Australia’s most noticeable example of “Brutalist” architecture. This bare-bones style literally means “raw concrete”, which is probably the best way to describe the 1970s era high-rise. This style gained popularity in the 1950s and 1960s and there are many surviving brutalist structures today. 

Changing Times

When the Sirius building was erected, Sydney’s “Rocks” area was not as developed as it is today and the Sirius building’s apartments were given to displaced public tenants. The area went through a kind of renaissance, and growing public sentiment did not approve of this now valuable space being used for city funded homes. This was met with much opposition from people who saw it an attack on the working class. 

There were multiple efforts to save this landmark building and give it heritage status, but it has yet to be awarded that distinction. There are continued efforts to make the protection of the Sirius building a priority, even after it was sold to a developer, who planned to renovate the building, in 2019.

If you plan to visit Sydney, Australia, those who are in the know contend that the view from the Sydney Harbor Bridge is the best way to see the Sirius building in all its glory. 

Sydney Australia’s Sirius building has a controversial past and many would still like to see the high-rise building torn down or at least completely remodeled. However, a growing number of people appreciate the building for its unique architectural style and history. It has survived so much and is still standing tall near Sydney Harbor.