Sydney Masonic Centre and Museum of Freemasonry
An icon of brutalist architecture in Sydney
About the building
Like many icons of brutalist architecture, the Sydney Masonic Centre was a building that people loved to hate, but which now enjoys cult-like status.
It was designed in the early 1970s by Joseland & Gilling architects for the Freemasons United Grand Lodge. Only the podium was complete when the Masonic Centre opened in 1979. Decades later, the air space above was sold to a developer; when they saw Joseland & Gilling’s original tower designs they commissioned PTW Architects to realise their vision.
The 31-storey Civic Tower was completed in 2004 and was Australia’s first tower to be fully supported on a central lift core. With no structural columns touching the ground, it created an illusion of the tower balancing above the podium. The podium was also refurbished and a glass atrium added with a street-level cafe.
Visitors can view the event spaces as well as rooms associated with the Freemasons, including the Museum of Freemasonry, which contains an extensive collection of objects. An audiovisual presentation will play throughout the day, starting on the hour and half hour, commencing at 9.30am with the last show at 3.30pm.Built
Joseland & GillingAlterations
PTW Architects, 2004
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