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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Who does not recognice the Opera House when seen on a photo, its sight is impressive when you see it from a ferry and it represents Australia. In the late 1950s the New South Wales (NSW) Government established an appeal fund to finance the construction of the Sydney Opera House, and conducted a competition for its design. The Danish architect Jorn Utzon won the competition. Utzon spent a couple of years reworking the design and it was 1961 before he had solved the problem of how to build the distinguishing feature - the ’sails’ of the roof. Because there where arguments about cost and the interior design, and the Government withholding progress payments - reached crisis point and Jorn Utzon resigned from the project. The building was eventually completed by others in 1973. It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October of that year. It hat cost arround 102,000,000 to build it Conducts 3000 events each year, it has an annual audience of 2 million for its performances, and it includes 1000 rooms, it is 185 mtr long and 120 metres wide. The Sydney Opera House also embodies timeless popular metaphors. The building’s organic shape and lack of surface decoration have made it both timeless and ageless. Moreover, it demonstrates how buildings can add to environmental experience rather than detract from it - something of spiritual value independent of function. I was amazed when i saw it and it was a great feeling to see it for myself rather than seeing it on tevee or on photo’s.

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