Sydney Opera House History

The Sydney Opera House History – The Start of it all

The Sydney Opera House History all starts with a fellow by the name of Jorn Utzon who won a competition to provide the design for the Sydney Opera House. Jorn understood the potential provided by having a site against the beautiful Sydney Harbour.

Sydney Opera House History

The Sydney Opera House History – The History of the Design & Construction

The Sydney Opera House History particularly related to design and construction was controversial. A competition was launched worldwide for designers to submit their ideas with no design brief and no budget.  It is reported that Jorn Utzon’s design was rescued from the waste paper bin.

The Sydney Opera House History is fascinating. The design and the construction of the Sydney Opera House were closely integrated with each other.  The design of the shell structure alone took 8 years to complete as well as teh design of the special ceramic tiles to go on the sails took another 3 years.  Shells like this had never been constructed before and was the most difficult engineering task ever to be attempted. The NSW government also changed the proposed larger opera hall in to what is now the concert hall because at the time, symphony concerts drew much larger audiences.

Sydney Opera House History – The Completion and Opening

Due to cost overruns and a change of government in 1966, Utzon resigned from the project.  The completion of the Sydney Opera House was by the NSW Government Architect at the time – Ted Farmer.  The Sydney Opera House was opened in 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II.

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