Jorn Utzon, Opéra (1963-1973) Sydney, Australia

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Construction (1963-1973)
Architect Jørn (Oberg) Utzon

Sydney Opera, World Heritage by UNESCO as ” one of the major architectural works of the twentieth century”.


He need 10 years of work by 1963 at 1973 . And today is a major tourist attraction in the city.

Copenhagen (1918-2008) is a famous Danish architect for designing the Sydney Opera House which has become the symbol of this city and a symbol of Australia's best-known world.

The Sydney Opera House was designed by the Danish Utzon and constructed of 1959 at 1973.

Utzon became internationally known 1957 when he won, surprisingly, International Competition for Opera building Sydney, one of the most famous and distinctive buildings of the twentieth century , and declared in 2007 a World Heritage Site . His visionary project, which included a roof formed by shells of concrete up to 60 m high, like the sails of a sailboat, open the port, convinced the jury against 232 other proposals, because come in an opera concept that would be able to become one of the most extraordinary buildings in the world.

The impressive building located on a small island in the bay, opposite the city, was built between 1959 and 1973. Summer complex and everything works throughout the critique of Utzon construction process for the delays and high cost of labor has not prevented. He was under a lot of pressure to get him to leave the management of work, until finally 1966 found no other way out and resigned, returning to Denmark with his family. Utzon made many trips and many international works, who realized a few projects in his homeland: a few – one of the first residential complexes (in the sixties), to’ église Bagsvaerd (in 1977) and furniture design Paustian (in 1987), located in the northern port of Copenhagen. His legacy in Denmark will continue with two of his three children, as architects.


Jørn Utzon with Engineers


It is without doubt one of the most remarkable buildings in the world. this documentary, we conducted interviews with archival research supreme engineering Ove Arup, which the company managed to turn the seemingly impossible vision aclaimed Danish architect Jorn Utzen in historical reality !

undisputed icon of the city of Sydney and the emblem of all Australia, the mythical building of the Opera is, with its unique profile that evokes large marine shells overlapping sailing ships or orange, one of the most important buildings of the twentieth century and even, in architectural history, so that, in 2007, has been declared “World Heritage”. 40, in 1973, the main hall of the Opera was inaugurated, From its way to the iconic status it has now appreciated. Situated on Bennelong Point peninsula, the magnificent Sydney Harbour, it was designed by the Danish Jorn Utzon in 1957 and its construction was dotted with various structural problems constructive, techniques and even policies that forced the author to modify some aspects of the original design.

Anecdotes of disagreements between Utzon and the British engineering firm Ove Arup, and in particular between Utzon and Australian politicians are many and varied. So, whereas in the former case is still debated who attributed the success of the geometric solution that has become the constructive resolution of the vaults, the second would involve the separation of work in hostile terms 1965, when he faces defining within. Australian Peter Hall would be responsible for replacing, reorganizing some acoustic spaces and solve the problems of the main room.

As for the Opera, the outstanding feature, without a doubt, indoor complex. Designed as a superposition of arches that create a dramatic effect, its realization involved more of a challenge. The need to define its geometry was the first step; for over six years, the design team studied different possibilities (parables, circular ribs and ellipsoids) and finally, in 1961, found a solution: All shells are sections of the same sphere, who is, in simple geometric form and easy to control. This allowed the calculation and allowed the use of precast concrete ribs which were based on, also prefabricated and of the same material.

The Opera (183 meters in length and 120 meters at its widest) has an area of 1,8 hectare. It is supported by 580 concrete pillars that sink up 25 meters below sea level. Its equivalent electrical needs those of a city 25 000 inhabitants. The current is distributed by 645 kilometers of power cables. It is the form of the Opera that makes its originality and notoriety particularly. It is mainly organized in two series of three large "shells" which partially overlap each other.

The roof is composed of 1.056.006 White ceramic tiles self-cleaning ! Utzon has designed the opera but 1966, 3 years after the start of work, he decided not to participate in the site after a dispute with the new government of New South Wales. The building was completed by a group of local architects.

60 years of history, an iconic building to celebrate the community, storytelling and creative spirit.


A film about the Sydney Opera House, in Australia, Ten years after the start of its construction, in 1967, at the end of the second phase of construction, with the base and the finished roof. It explains the problems with the original design and demonstrates architecte.Il foundations and base, the hulls of the design challenges, and how they are built and tile roofs white and how they are attached. The film also highlights the different places to be in the building at the end.

A short documentary on the Sydney Opera engineering created for Arup – the engineering company that worked on the original project in Australia 1963.
Video produced by Hill & Knowlton. Producer and Writer: Steve Cropper. Director: Steve Griffiths.





1973 Sydney Opera House a brief history of its design and construction
This video shows rare footage of design, construction and grand opening ceremony of the Sydney Opera House in October 1973 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
20 October 1973. Queen Elizabeth II officially opens the new Sydney Opera House, designed by Danish architect Joern Utzon's. (Photo Keystone)







Aerial view of the Sydney Opera House !

Sydney Opera House is a World Heritage-listed masterpiece of human creative genius. Recognized as an arts center of the world-class spectacle, the building is also famous for its innovative use of tense and strengthen concrete post as an important architectural element.

A 360 ° experience capturing one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world between acts – to wake up, in rehearsal and at rest – featuring excellent young Australian soprano Nicole Car, cellist and director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra of Artistic Planning, Benjamin Schwartz and Sydney Symphony Orchestra him – even under the direction of David Robertson, head of’ Conductor and Artistic Director.

Vivid Sydney 2016 and Timelapse

duration 15:51 – Australia, Sydney light show 2016 VIVID LIGHT Full time projection performance on Opéra House. Full HD 50 FPS

Vivid SYdneY 2017

Vivid Sydney en 2017 : Illuminations around the harbor with the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, MCA, in botanical gardens and other small lights.

Vivid Sydney is the most spectacular outdoor lighting festival, music and ideas of Sydney and the biggest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Vivid Sydney 2017, Sydney Opera House, Lighting of The Sails Audio Creatures 24/5/2017.




hats & Sydney Opera House for Fashion

Pamela hat for a carnival dance

All white and architectural !

Sydney Opera House gets a facelift.
A new visual identity for a monument that has not aged.

Jorn Utzon – awarded to Sydney Opera House




Virginia Maneval

I am the daughter of Jean Benjamin Maneval, famous urban architect who notably created the Bulle Six Coques, a plastic house from the pop years. You can also find me on my Facebook page or on my page La Bulle Six Coques by Jean Benjamin Maneval.

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