In search of new inspiration…

Exploring Sydney – August 2016

Exploring Sydney: The Goods Line and Frank Gehry designed building; inside the Opera House; Dorte and Ian on the Goods Line.

Clockwise from left: The Goods Line and Frank Gehry designed UTS Business School; inside the Opera House; Dorte and Ian on the Goods Line.

The Scintilla Team recently took a day out to explore our beautiful city, recharge our creative juices and find inspiration in uncommon places. As design professionals we draw inspiration from many different disciplines and create links between seemingly disparate ideas. We believe it is essential for designers to regularly change their perspectives and to have a little fun along the way!

Our explorations included a tour of the Sydney Opera House where we viewed this remarkable building from fresh perspectives and marveled at the attention to detail across every facet of its design. We were surprised to learn that the design we see today was not originally included in the short list of finalists. It took the vision and understanding of a designer, Aero Saarinen, a latecomer to the judging panel, to convince the panel of the value, beauty and grandeur of the design. Thank you Mr Saarinen for your vision, for who could imagine Sydney without the Opera House?

We wandered along the new Goods Line, an urban revitalisation and place making initiative linking Central Station to Darling Harbour. The route led us past the inspirational Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building of the UTS Business School. The Goods Line is an example of how user-centric design thinking has transformed a disused rail yard into a vibrant and dynamic public space.

Our day’s wanderings proved to be not only inspiring, but also a powerful reminder of the importance of having a vision and putting the user at the centre of design in order to deliver exceptional design outcomes.