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Sydney Opera House : Building by Jørn Utzon
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30 Mar 2016
Le Corbusier tapestry at Sydney Opera House
Jørn Utzon’s final touch to the Sydney Opera House: a Le Corbusier tapestry
Le Corbusier’s tapestry Les Dés Sont Jetés (The Dice Are Cast), commissioned by architect Jørn Utzon.
“When the young Danish architect Jørn Utzon won the international design competition for this building in 1958, his plans were holistic, comprising not just the unlikely structure of the building but the art within it, too”, reports The Guardian.
“Utzon wanted to hang the walls with modern art that would complement the sculptural effect of his architecture – names such as Picasso, Matisse and Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, the pioneering modern architect and artist from France known by his pseudonym, Le Corbusier.”
Sydney Opera House Building
Date built: 1973
Architect: Jørn Utzon, Denmark
Utzon worked with Ove Arup on this seminal building in Australia’s largest city. In 1966 the Danish architect Jorn Utzon left Sydney, never to return.
He was forced out of the Sydney Opera House project by well-documented political infighting and the cancellation of his contract.
The building was declared a World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007.
Recently Jorn Utzon – with his son Jan and their firm Utzon Architects – recommenced work with the Sydney Opera House Trust on renovations.
Sydney Opera House architect – Information on architect Jorn Utzon
In 1957, Utzon unexpectedly won the architecture competition to design this opera house. His submission was one of 233 designs from 32 countries, many of them from the most famous architects of the day.
Although he had won six other architecture competitions, the Opera House was his first project outside of Denmark. One of the judges, architectEero Saarinen, described it as “genius” and declared he could not endorse any other choice.
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Concept Sketch for the building by Jørn Utzon
sketch from RIAS
Design: Jorn Utzon with Richard Johnson, Sydney
image © The LEGO Group
Sydney Opera House Model : LEGO Architecture
This famous Australian building a masterpiece of late-modernist architecture that is admired internationally and treasured by the people of Australia, has had its famous sculpted curves recreated by LEGO® Architecture.
The Sydney Opera House building was created by Jørn Utzon, a young Danish architect who understood the potential provided by the site against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour. The massive concrete sculptural shells that form the roof appear like billowing sails filled by the sea winds. Utzon envisaged it as a Gothic cathedral that people would never tire of and ‘never be finished with’.
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Jørn Oberg Utzon, AC, Hon. FAIA (1918 – 2008).
When the Sydney building was declared a World Heritage Site he became only the second person to have received such recognition for one of his works during his lifetime.
Key architectural designs by this architect include Bagsværd Church in Copenhagen, the National Assembly Building in Kuwait and the Kingo Houses near Helsingør.
Utzon Centre, Denmark
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