Tempest Swirls around Sydney's Landmark Opera House
The Bennelong Apartments is a controversial residential apartment building in Sydney's Circular Quay. It was part of a development designed by Andrew Andersons and PTW Architects, known as Bennelong Apartments which was completed in 1998. The building is nicknamed "the toaster" due to its apparent resemblance to the kitchen appliance. In November 2007 an apartment in the building sold for $8.4 million. With an internal area of 190 square metres, the price of $44,210 per square metre is an Australian record.
"Thousands join fight to save East Circular Quay" -- "'The desecration of East Circular Quay strikes at the nation's psyche ... Australia's most hated building must go.'" (Sydney architect Mr Tony Rodi, the convener of the Save East Circular Quay Committee, in Totaro P, smh_98.05.16)
Many locals feel that the design of the building does not enhance the Sydney Harbour foreshore. David Williams describes the Toaster as a "building that most Sydneysiders would quite happily blow up". Lavartus Prodeo developed The Toaster awards for crimes against amenity - a reference to the controversial architecture of the building.