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Jorn Utzon Architect

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Jorn Utzon – Key Projects

The architect Jorn Utzon died aged 90 on 29 Nov 2008
Jorn died from a heart attack in his sleep.

Jørn Utzon was honoured with an Australian state memorial service on 25 March 2008 at the Sydney Opera House. His son and daughter attended. Ticket allocation was by ballot system. Performances from the Sydney Symphony, Opera Australia, The Australian ballet and Sydney Theatre Company marked the service for Jorn.

Key Buildings List, Images & Lecture on the life and work of Jørn Utzon architect.

Jorn Utzon building
Sydney Opera House : photo supplied by RIAS

Pritzker Architecture Prize

Danish architect Jorn Utzon designer of the Sydney Opera House, Australia, received the 2003 Laureate of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, the Nobel Prize of the architecture world.

The Pritzker Prize ceremony took place at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. Jorn Utzon is the first Dane to become a Pritzker Laureate.

Jorn Utzon architect – Winner of RIBA Gold Medal 1978

Jorn Utzon Buildings

A selection of major architectural works by this celebrated Danish architects office:

Courtyard-Style Housing, Denmark
Dates built: 1956-58
Kingo Houses
photograph © Adrian Welch
Preceding the Sydney Opera House were two housing developments in Denmark. The Kingo Houses in Helsingør. Sixty-three L-shaped houses were built in rows following the contours of the site, providing views for each house, and access to sunlight and shelter from the wind. For many architects the Kingo Houses remain one of their favourite projects by Jorn due to the scheme’s combination of simplicity and inventiveness.
e-architect’s Adrian Welch and Isabelle Lomholt visited both sets of houses and documented them with photographs. The overall design of this housing has stood the test of time due to creative thinking based on solid foundations. The community fostered at these sites appears successful. Occupants have a good balance of privacy and connectedness. The architectural style is also pleasing to the eye, unpretentious and easily-red forms. Ed – architect Adrian Welch.
Kingo Houses

Sydney Opera House, NSW, Australia
Dates built: 1957-73
Jorn Utzon worked with Ove Arup on this seminal building, but sadly in 1966 Jørn left Sydney in a cloud of controversy.
Sydney Opera House
photo © Derek McGavigan
Sydney Opera House

Bagsvaerd Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark
Dates built: 1974-76
Jørn Utzon’s next major design – after returning to Denmark after Sydney – was the Bagsvaerd Church, Copenhagen. He planned the interior vaults after being inspired by banks of clouds.
Bagsværd Church

Fredensborg Houses, Denmark
Date built: 1962
Fredensborg Houses
photograph © Adrian Welch
47 courtyard and 30 terraced houses grouped around a square in staggered blocks of three. Jorn Utzon integrated communal meeting and dining functions with private houses; guest rooms were also included, unusually as a separate clustered element.
Fredensborg Houses

Kuwait National Assembly
Date built: 1982
The Kuwait National Assembly famously slings a huge curved canvas over the main spaces. The canvas fabric recalls the use of concrete at the Bagsværd Church.
Kuwait building

Two Houses, Majorca
Jorn Utzon moved to Majorca in the early 1970s. Jorn lives with his wife Lis in a house designed by himself, Can Feliz. The architecture is very solid and simple. Can Feliz has been described as a miniature acropolis.
Majorca Houses

Bagsværd Kirke
Bagsvaerd Church Danmark
image © Adrian Welch, 2002

Jorn Utzon Works

Church at Bagsvaerd, north Copenhagen, Denmark
Dates built: 1974-76

Houses in Fredensborg, Fredensborg, North Sealand, Denmark
Dates built: 1959-62

Kingo Houses, Elsinore, Denmark
Date built: 1956

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Dates built: 1957-73

National Assembly of Kuwait Complex (architectural competition 1971-72), Kuwait, The Gulf, Middle East
Date built: 1982

Fredensborg houses – Terrasserne, Denmark

Esbjerg Theatre and Concert Hall (Musikhuset Esbjerg), Denmark

Can Feliz – Mallorca, Spain

Skagen Odde Nature Centre, Denmark
Dates built: 1999-2000
Design: Jørn, Kim and Jan Utzon

Humana Zimbabwe

Kalkbrænderihavnen – Copenhagen waterfront

Paustian furniture sales and exhibition building, Copenhagen, Denmark

Herning Shipping – office building for Herning Shipping Company, Denmark
Date built: 1986

Dunkers Kulturhus – Dunkers house for culture, Hälsingborg, Sweden

Design: Kim Utzon Architect

Stride Strømme : Meeting place, Samsø, Denmark Institute of Technology, Odense, Denmark
Date built: 1986

IICD – Dowagiac, Michigan, USA

Marienlyst Hotel extension, Marienlyst, Helsingør, Denmark

Extension to an old sea-side hotel

Vejle hotel, Denmark

uno-X petrol station, Herning, Denmark

Petrol filling station for the uno-X petrol company

Ro-house, Fyn, Denmark

Kalvebod Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark – Project

Povl Ahm house – private, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Dates built: 1960-62
Design: Jorn with Povl Ahm
Status: Grade II listed

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Jørn Utzon: Sketch for Sydney Opera House
Jorn Utzon, Australia
image supplied by RIAS

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Architects Practice Information

Jorn Utzon architect
1918-2008
Son of Aage Utzon

Wife: Lis Utzon

Jorn Utzon’s sons: Kim and Jan

Major architectural projects designed by Jorn in collaboration with his sons:

Bagsvaerd Church, north Copenhagen, Denmark

Paustian furniture and design showroom : Nordhavnen Copenhagen

Kim Utzon Architects : Utzon Centre, Denmark

‘Jørn Utzon’ by Professor Richard Weston – Talk at the RIAS Conference 2004
Review by Adrian Welch

Jørn Utzon talk by Professor Richard Weston

Modern Architects

Copenhagen Architecture Denmark

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Website: Sydney Opera House Building

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