In the Footsteps of Giants

Posted on August 08, 2013 by Peter Hyatt | 0 Comments




One of the constant surprises for photographers is to find ourselves in unusual and testing situations.


Our 54-minute documentary ‘Heart of Glass’ produced plenty of adrenalin moments when we we rode in a crane-bucket from the almost completed roof of the mighty 1Bligh St. Sydney. The crane swung us high above the city streets  where we shot stills and filmed for our production.


Another special moment was from helicopter at dusk (above) where we revealed the glowing, crystalline light of the building’s atrium - part of the innovative solution by Christoph Ingenhoven and Architectus.The program is available at:


It’s a beautiful building we tracked for more than three years visiting regularly to capture progress until its grand opening by then Prime Minister Julia Gillard who I had interviewed earlier for the documentary.


Sydney’s 1 Bligh St. is a stunning example of how high-rise towers can be so much more inclusive than exclusive. And rather treat the rooftop as some repository for ugly mechanical services, this one is an absolute work of sustainable art. This rarely seen twilight view provides a glimpse into the heart of one of the truly great high-rise towers of our time.


Other towers we have recently photographed and filmed include 111 Eagle St. Brisbane and the soon to be opened Chifley Tower by Ed Lippmann and Sir Richard Rogers. Among the giants of world architecture Sir Richard was the focus of an earlier program I produced from the early 1990s during his visit to Sydney as part of the Architecture International series. This program can be seen at:


We’re about to resume photography and filming at Chifley Tower so follow our blog at to see another beautiful tower come fully into focus.

Posted in 1Bligh St. Sydney, Aerial photography, Architectus, Chifley Tower, Christoph Ingenhoven, documentary, Ed Lippmann, One One One Eagle St., Sir Richard Rogers


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