Sydney Opera House: iconic architecture
March 22, 2020
Sydney Opera House is one of the best and technically perfect among all the
iconic architectures in the history of the world. A Danish architect, Jørn
Utzon, is responsible for this crazy beauty. This is basically a multi-venue
performing arts center on the Bennelong site in Sydney, Australia.
On 28 June 2007, the Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. It is the last architecture designated as a World Heritage
Site. It is the symbol of brilliance in the 21st century. Some of the oldest
monuments, such as Stonehenge and the Necropolis of Giza, made their beauty
in front of a typical building of the Great Opera.
Sydney Opera House is the last expressionist building with
a series of concrete projectiles containing the same part of the hemisphere
radius that embodies the roof structure on the commemorative podium. The widest
point of the building covered an area of 4.5 hectares, 605 feet long and 388
feet wide. A lot of concrete pillars, like the 588, sank about 25 meters below
sea level to support the entire building. 1.056.006 Glossy white Swedish creams
are used to cover the roof of the house and look evenly at visible white from
a considerable distance.
In the late 1940s, preparations for the construction of the
Sydney Opera House began when the famous State Conservatory of Music of NSW
pressed for a great theatrical production. Sydney Town Hall is no longer big
enough for this production. In 1954, Goossens won previous support (from NSW
Prime Minister Joseph Cahill) who called for a design for the magnificent
opera. Like the location of the Opera, Goossens presses on Bennelong Point.
But Wynyard station is Cahill's request as an Opera site.
On September 13, 1955, Cahill launched a design competition
and represented architecture, 233 entries received from several countries.
The main problem was announced to create a large room with 3000 seats and
another small room that can accommodate up to 1200 people. In 1957, after
all, the research was successfully announced and nothing more than Jørn
Utzon, the Danish architect. To oversee the project, the Danish architect
arrived in Sydney in early 1957. He eventually moved his office to Sydney
in 1963 to perform this opera.
The occupying organization of Fort Macquarie Team Depot was
destroyed in 1958 and, in March 1959, began construction of the opening of
the Opera. The total project is divided and goes into phase. Between 1963
and 1967, the top podium building was built as the first phase of the project.
Phase II consists of the construction of the outer hull between 1963-1967.
The last phase consisted in the construction of drawings of 1967-1973 between
After a long wait, in 1973, an official regulation for the
opera was announced. The project cost estimator gave the following estimates
in 1973: for the first phase, the cost was approximate $ 5.5 million. Phase
II, approximately $ 12.5 million. Phase III, approximately $ 82 million. Previously,
the cost was estimated at $ 7 million, but eventually, the project was completed
some 10 years later with $ 102 million, or 14 times the estimated budget in
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