The Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and also had contributions from other leading architects and designers like Ove Arup and Peter Hall. Architectural competitions often determine the designs for major public sector projects. Jørn Utzon's concept for an opera house in Sydney Harbour was selected from over 230 entries from 30 countries in an anonymous competition.
After controversies presented themselves, Utzon resigned from the project in 1966. The construction of the Opera House was then led by Peter Hall and completed in 1973.
In 1965, the government in Australia changed and the construction of the Opera House was moved under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Public Works. Davis Hughes, a new minister at the Ministry began to criticise Utzon's design, calling them impractical and also complained about the costs and time. Hughes tried to portray Utzon as an impractical dreamer and withheld funding, so much so that Utzon was unable to pay his workers.
Eventually, Utzon resigned as the architect of the Opera House when the second phase of construction was nearing its end. Utzon's position was then taken over by Peter Hall who was largely involved in the design and construction of the interiors of the Opera House.
The Sydney Opera House is constructed using the Expressionist architectural style.
The Sydney Opera House was designed by a Danish architect called Jørn Utzon.
The Sydney Opera House has a distinctive sail-like roof design which complements the expressionist art form that boomed in the early 20th century only a few years before its construction.
While many believe that the Sydney Opera House has a sail-like design, Jørn Utzon actually drew inspiration from the Mayans on the use of platforms. The platform was designed in a manner where the spectators could see only the performance atop the platform, and all the preparations for the performance would occur beneath the platform.
The construction of the Sydney Opera House was completed in 1973.
The Sydney Opera House is 49 years old.
There are two major halls called the Concert Hall and the John Sutherland Theatre, along with two smaller theatres, a library and a playhouse inside the Sydney Opera House. There is also Utzon Room for small parties or gatherings and also an Outdoor Forecourt for major outdoor performances.
The sails of the Sydney Opera House are decked with white tiles made in Sweden. The remaining exterior is mostly covered with pink granite.
The Sydney Opera House covers an area of 4.4 hectares.
The exterior of the Sydney Opera House was constructed using several precast concrete shells supported over several precast concrete ribs.
You can easily book your Sydney Opera House tours online.