Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera HouseThe Sydney Opera House is considered as one of the most distinctive and recognizable buildings in the world. It follows quite an attractive and unique expressionist modern design and it is probably because of these reasons that it has been made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 28, 2007.

But mainly, the Sydney Opera House became popular because of its striking architecture that seems to loom large among the beauty found in its surroundings.

The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, New South Wales in Australia. Specifically, the building is situated on Bennelong Point in the beautiful Sydney Harbour. The Opera House is located just near another famous landmark, the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Description

The Sydney Opera House is made up of a number of large pre-cast concrete shells which forms the roofing portions of the structure. The whole building covers about 1.8 hectares or 4.5 acres of land. It is 183 meters long and 120 feet wide. And because it is build on the harbor, it is supported by 588 concrete piers below with part of it buried about 25 meters below sea level.

The concrete roof of the Opera House is covered by Swedish made glossy white and matte cream tiles although the roof may look only white from afar. The main and largest two shells of the Opera House contain the Concert Hall and the Opera Theater. The other smaller shells house the smaller theaters as well as a restaurant.

History

The origins of the Sydney Opera House can be traced back in the late 1940’s when the Director of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, Eugene Goosens clamored for an ideal venue for theatrical productions in the city.

The previous venue, the Sydney Town Hall was deemed not big enough and so require a bigger and larger new site. By 1954, support from the government was finally received with a competition opened for the design for the planned new opera house.

The competition was launched in September, 1955 and received 233 entries coming from 32 countries. The contest was won by Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect. Formal construction of the building started in March of 1959.

The Opera House took some time to finish due to certain problems along the way. It was eventually opened on October 20, 1973.

 
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