A Special Architecture Edition of Explore Chippendale: Historical Walking Tour and Lunch at Mekong!

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Join Chippendale Creative Precinct as we explore four iconic Chippendale structures at the forefront of contemporary design. In ten years, Chippendale has transformed from a conurbation to Sydney’s Cultural Mecca. This extraordinary metamorphosis was championed by innovative minds and bold choices made by Chippendale’s internationally acclaimed architects and developers. Learn from those who worked closely with Pritzker Prize winning architects Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry and Sir Norman Foster to develop Sydney’s most striking new structures.

We invite alumni from the University of Sydney and their friends to learn about Frank Gehry’s first Australian building, the iconic Dr. Chau Chak Wing School of Business at UTS, with a talk by the building’s General Manager Craig Lord who witnessed the construction of this Sydney landmark. Deeper into Chippendale, learn details about the construction of Central Park’s mesmerizing sculpture Halo from co-creator and artist Jenny Turpin of Turpin + Crawford.

Next up, hear from Alec Tzannes, founding director of Tzannes. With Cox Richardson and Foster + Partners, Tzannes created the visionary master plan for the Central Park precinct, now widely regarded as an exemplar of urban renewal and sustainability. To complete the tour, head Architect Tim Greer from Tonkin Zulaikha Greer will join us to deliver insight into the company’s development of every foodie’s favourite strip, Kensington Street.

Join us in October as we tour:

11:00-11:30, Dr Chau Chak Wing School of Business: Talk by Craig Lord

11:30-12:00, HALO, Central Park: Talk by Jenny Turpin of Turpin and Crawford

12:00-12:30, Central Park: Talk by Ben Green of Tzannes Associates

12:30-1:00, Kensington Street: Talk by Tim Greer

1.00- 3.00pm, Lunch at Mekong

A Lunch Invitation at Mekong

Imagined by acclaimed Chef Tiw Rakarin, Mekong’s culinary journey traverses flavourful entrees, exquisite  shared mains and delicate desserts, drawn from recipes passed through the provences of Burma, Lao, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. With rave reviews and ratings, garnering an 8.2/10 from Dimmi and 4.1/5 from Zomato, Mekong has already made quite an impression on Sydney Foodies! Now’s your chance to take a barge down the Mekong River, loaded with the richest cargo: its cuisine.



Saffron & sweet corn rice cake, prawn floss & coconut foam.


Poached chicken with black been, coriander root, dark soy & green chilli sauce.


Charcoal cake with dark sugar salad & sesame coconut.

(Vegetarian menu available upon prior request)

*Vegan/vegetarian options available
Lunch: $35 + GST and Eventbrite Booking Fee

Date: Saturday, 7 October
Tour: 11am – 1pm
Lunch: 1 – 3pm
Meeting Point: The Goods Line, in front of the entrance to the UTS Business School

Bookings essential – Explore Chippendale Gallery Walking Tours and Lunch: book your tickets here!

Dr. Chau Chak Wing School of Business at UTS

Designed by Internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry, the building’s remarkable exterior is the result of its two distinct facades – one composed of undulating brickwork, referencing the dignified sandstone of Sydney’s urban heritage, and the other of a glass ‘curtain wall’ that mirrors fragments of the building’s contemporary city surrounds.
Craig Lord is General Manager of the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building – now home to the UTS Business School. He has extensive experience in new business development and implementation, marketing, organisational change, performance turnaround and human resource management.

Halo, Central Park

Jennifer Turpin on HALO
Jennifer Turpin leads the award winning public art practice, Turpin + Crawford Studio, with fellow artist, Michaelie Crawford. Their work focuses on the design and production of site-specific artworks in the public domain, creating pieces at the interface of art, science, nature and the built environment. They have participated in multidisciplinary design teams and have worked collaboratively on projects in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Singapore.
In 2012, Turpin + Crawford designed and created HALO at Central Park – a wind activated kinetic sculpture. Turning and tilting with the energy of the wind, Halo hovers in finely tuned counterbalance. The structure consists of a giant, glistening tapered yellow ring measuring 12 metres in diameter attached to a 6 metre long silver arm.

Central Park from Central Park Green

Alec Tzannes on Central Park Master Plan
Alec Tzannes describes the company’s involvement in the project as “an opportunity to blend new and old architecture – a brief from heaven..”Alec is the founding director of Tzannes. He established the firm’s distinctive design philosophy and collaborative work practices with a record of design excellence across a wide range of projects.

Kensington Street during the BEAMS Festival

16 heritage listed terrace houses that were homes of brewery managers in the past have been converted by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects for Greencliff into this iconic Sydney street that houses several restaurants, a hawker style area, salons, shops, bars and hotels. Tim Greer, founder of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer has an interest in existing urban fabric and the cultural elements it embodies, treating each project as an individual opportunity to create fresh contemporary forms. His extensive experience includes the fields of theatre design, retail, acoustic control, restaurants, housing, industrial design and institutional building.Recent multi-award winning projects under Tim’s directorship include Carriageworks at Eveleigh: Contemporary Performing Arts Centre; Scots Church Redevelopment Apartment Building known as ‘Portico’; The Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Cloudy Bay Shack and The Glasshouse Arts Conference and Entertainment Centre.

Chippendale Creative Precinct is a not for profit organization that curates key cultural experiences in Chippendale, the creative heart of Sydney. Through the Explore Chippendale: Architecture Walking Tour we hope to bring together the minds of Sydney’s leading designers, engineers and architects behind Chippendale’s structural rejuvenation.

Bookings are essential as places are limited.

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About the tour

Chippendale Creative Precinct is a non- profit organisation that aims to celebrate and develop the lifestyle and culture of Chippendale. The Historical Walking Tour is a six-weekly initiative that demonstrates our passion for Chippendale’s chequered history and the CCP’s commitment to transforming the precinct into a thriving cultural destination.


I very much enjoyed the lovely lunch at Holy Duck which was a nice ice-breaker chatting with others before the Historic Tour began. It was a great day & I enjoyed it immensely & learnt so much too. Mostly I found fascinating the depth of knowledge that Professor Hoskins had about Chippendale & the surrounding area. While it was a large number on tour he constantly kept us engaged with interesting historic facts & curious asides about various local identities from the past. He kept me enthralled with his vast knowledge & enthusiasm on the subject matter. Also his special interest in all the types of architecture & explanations to the many questions put to him was so illuminating, I especially love the architecture too & using it in my Art Practice so that was grand!

-Helen Hukins, July 2017

The tour was great, I really enjoyed the historical detail and the passion that Ian obviously has for Sydney and its history. I learned a lot of interesting details about the area even though I have lived in Sydney all my life. I found the tour really interesting and worthwhile.

I would definitely be interested in other history tours

– Terri Burnett, August 2016

I did enjoy tremendously the walking tour on Saturday, I will never look at bricks in quite the same way. I was most interested in the Brewery and have been reading about it since, and yes I would be more than happy to do another walk. Thanking you I enjoyed it all.

– Di Bowyer, August 2016


Tour Details


Date: Saturday,  7 October

Time: 11am - 1 pm

Cost: $22 + GST and Eventbrite Fee

Meeting Point: UTS Business School, 14-28 Ultimo Road, Ultimo


Restaurant: Mekong

Date: Saturday,  October 7

Time: 1- 3pm

Price: $35+ GST and Eventbrite Booking Fee

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