Sydney Opera House

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Why the
Sydney Opera House
is special

The distinctive and striking architectural design of the Sydney Opera House in Australia remains remarkably fresh and vibrant decades after it was built in 1973.

Sydney Opera House
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It was conceived by a relatively unknown Danish architect named Jorn Utzon. He won a design competition against 200 contenders from over two dozen countries.

Striking roof

His gracefully curvaceous roof shells are often described as billowing spinnaker sails in a strong ocean breeze.


Initially, many locals disliked his design, using derogatory words like "horrendous". Today, it is a pride of the city and Australia.

Changing horses
in midstream

Before the interior was done, Utzon was kicked off the project. Cultural politics played a part. The design was taken over by a committee. You know the usual outcome: foot-dragging and uninspired results.


The interior of the Sydney Opera House is being refurbished. This time, Utzon is taking a major role.

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