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Sydney Opera House

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Jørn Utzon
location Sydney
function auditorium, opera, theatre
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The Sydney Opera house is one of the most distinctive and recognizable buildings in the world. It's iconic nature has also made it the symbol for Australia in today's world. Jutting out into the Sydney harbour, the soaring sails are spherical shells held up by concrete ribs. The skin is composed of thousands of 4" square tiles of two different colours, which give the finish a shimmering feel. The construction of this icon, however, was mired in controversy. Utzon's design was initially rejected, but Eero Saarinen plucked it from the reject bin and convinced the other jurors to select this building even though it was beyond the engineering capabilities of that time. With soaring costs during the initial 7 years of construction, the government threatened to shut down the project, and began withholding payment from Utzon who eventually resigned in 1966. The building was eventually finished by others in 1973.

peteshep says:
One more shot, under construction 1968, on flickr:
P trying yet again :-)
Auckland, New Zealand 01-Sep-11
sarah says:
what does the opera house look like inside?
Mieke says:
@ Jess: for openinghours see the left column just underneath the address. (click on the triangle to read the text) It contains some nice tips to visit the interior of the opera house!
Rotterdam, Netherlands 18-Jun-09
Jess says:
how much is the admission fee to get into the sydney opera house? and what are the opening hours?
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Sydney Opera House
Macquarie St 1
Project is public!
Opening hours The exterior is open 24 hours to the public, the interior can be seen by taking one of their many tours offered or by attending an event. The Guillaume at Bennelong restaurant is also a great place for the public to see the interior structure of the building without paying to see a concert. It is open from about 12pm til midnight.
How to get there? from the city centre, head east towards the botanical garden. Turn left onto Macquarie Street and follow it to the end, just past Circular Quay.
Completion 10- 1973
ArchitectJørn Utzon
technical engineerArup
Project ID 1904
Latitude/Longitude 33°51'25S 151°12'55E
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