Under Threat: Sirius Building
by Tao Gofers, Sydney, Australia, 1978-79
DATE: 16/11/2017
Docomomo International appeals to your attention regarding the demolition threat that the Sirius Building in Sydney, Australia is facing.

"As reported by Linda Cheung in Architecture AU: "The NSW heritage minister Gabrielle Upton has decided not to heritage list the Sirius social housing complex designed by Tao Gofers, arguing ´I do not believe that the Sirius Building is important in demonstrating aesthetic characteristics and/or a high degree of creative or technical achievement in NSW´. 

Her decision comes after her predecessor Mark Speakman, in August 2016, similarly rejected the unanimous advice of the NSW Heritage Council, which recommended the building be added to the state heritage register. 

Speakman’s decision was later challenged in the Land and Environment Court of NSW, which found in July 2017 that the former heritage minister had ´side-stepped the required assessment´, making the decision invalid. The court ordered the current heritage minister to reconsider the heritage significance of Sirius according to the law.
In August, the NSW government filed a notice of intention to appeal the court´s ruling and a government spokesperson told ArchitectureAU, "Regardless of the Court’s final decision, the sale of the Sirius building will go ahead."

Today the building is home to just seven residents. The rest have been forced to move on by the state government in what City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has described as an effort to “socially cleanse” Millers Point. 

Sirius has been slated for demolition since 2015.

Docomomo International wishes to express its full support to the ongoing efforts to preserve the Sirius Building, believing that it stands as a unique social housing example which deserves to be respectfully kept.  

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