Town Hall House

July 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Behind the Town Hall is Town Hall House, a Brutalist structure built in 1977. The two buildings are snugly placed side by side, sandstone meeting concrete, 19th century meeting 20th century.

Sandstone meeting concrete, Town Hall and Town Hall House

Sandstone meeting concrete, Town Hall and Town Hall House

Town Hall House is where the administrative business of the City of Sydney takes place. There is a small branch of the City of Sydney library in here, and an office where people come to lodge forms and pay rates and do other council business. Next to this office is something unexpected.

City Model Room, Town Hall House

City Model Room, Town Hall House

The City Model Room, on the first floor of Town Hall House, includes a complete model of Sydney, built in the 1980s, but continuously updated to remain accurate. The model is used for design and planning purposes: one example given of this is to test shadows cast by proposed developments. Like the model in the foyer of Customs House, it’s satisfying and a little strange to see all the city at once like this, and to tower over it like a giant.

Model of Hyde Park and Sydney CBD

Model of Hyde Park and Sydney CBD