I was a bit naughty the other day on the return flight I took from Sydney to Melbourne. When they told us to switch off all electrical equipment on landing, I took my camera out to take a photo of the Sydney City skyline from the air. After all, how many times do you get the chance to take a photo from a couple of thousand of feet in the air. It wasn’t the easiest snap to take, given the turbulence and speed the plane was going at, but I got one good one – minus the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Skyline

And the city continues to grow with new developments and the conversion of a lot of harbour land that 50 years ago had an industrial purpose. The City of Sydney is responsible for approving all developments. So I was quite surprised when I went to the Sydney Town Hall (to get the signature of a Justice of the Peace) to find a 1:500 scale model of the City of Sydney. I truly felt like Gulliver in Lilliput. The detail of the architectural models is amazing.

City of Sydney Model - #1

Here is my local area as captured in the model, the scale of the buildings from above definitely provides a different perspective from the human scale at street level.

City of Sydney Model - #2

Currently, one of Sydney’s most controversial developments is that of Barangaroo. The next shots capture the scale disproportionate to buildings locally. But the height of the proposed constructions is not out of scale compared to other buildings in the Sydney skyline. Regardless of the buildings, I hope that they sort out two things properly – 1. transport that works and services all the increased land usage, and 2. ensure that the continuous harbour foreshore path is built with the land restored as much as possible to its former line.

City of Sydney Model - #3

City of Sydney Model - #4

The rest of the model clearly shows the city scale and how Sydney truly is a global city.

City of Sydney Model - #5

City of Sydney Model - #6

This next shot is of another large development currently under construction in Sydney, and closer to me – the Carlton and United Breweries site on Broadway. This will totally change the fabric of the local area, and hopefully for the better.

City of Sydney Model - #7

City of Sydney Model - #8

Anyone can see this model at the Sydney Town Hall, and the best part is that it is free. I guess, my childhood interest in building cities out of Lego is still piqued by architectural models.