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Sydney Opera

Author: Margarita Zieda0 COMMENTS

Sydney Opera

The construction of the seafront Sidney Opera House, designed by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon, took fourteen years (1959-1973) and saw plenty of dramatic highs and lows. In 1966 following differences with Australian government officials, Utzon resigned and left Australia; to design the interior of the building, a group of young Australian architects were hired. Today, the Sydney Opera House is already listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The roof of the poetic poised-to-fly building, reminiscent of a ship's sails (although the architect prefers to compare it to exposed segments of an orange), is covered with 1 056 000 white glazed ceramic tiles shipped in from Sweden. The roof covers five auditoriums: an opera, a concert hall, three different size theatre auditoriums, as well as a string of cinemas, bars, restaurants and little shops. According to reference books, the amount of electricity consumed by the building would suffice for a town with a population of 25 000. The Sydney Opera House is also used as an exhibition hall and hosts the Sydney Biennale.

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08/2011

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