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sydney opera house, the wonder down under

Postby sky » Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:51 pm

Name: Sydney Opera House
Architect: Jørn Utzon
Year: 1973 (completed)

G'day, mates.

I was surprised to find nary a mention of the Sydney Opera House in a Lotta Living search. Although it wasn't completed until the 70s, it's certainly a mid-century modern project, the basic design forming in the mid 50s. It has interesting history including architectural intrigue - the original designer, Jørn Utzon, quit in the 60s and has never seen the finished building in person. (Almost 90 years old now, he is now involved in some modifications for accessibility and other changes that more reflect his original intentions.)

Some photos from my trip to OZ are below. I wasn't allowed to photograph inside any of the theaters - I saw most of them on the tour though, and attended an opera one evening. I think there must have been a sale at IKEA because all the seats in all the theaters were the same Danish modern design.

Better than fair dinkum, all the dinkum in the Sydney Opera house is very good indeed.
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Postby sky » Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:52 pm

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Postby sky » Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:53 pm

Even the sinks in the restrooms are pretty cool:
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Postby MD² » Tue Jul 31, 2007 9:24 am

Pretty catastrophic business with Jørn Utzon when it was built though.
The Sydney Opera House Trust has since reconciliated with the architect.
A friend of mine was in Sydney a few weeks back & told me that the Opera house is really disfunctional.

Read this article about a recent proposal by Utzon himself to remedy to this!
http://www.smh.com.au/news/arts/utzon-w ... 28643.html

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Re: sydney opera house, the wonder down under

Postby davidk6 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:53 pm

sky wrote:G'day, mates.

I was surprised to find nary a mention of the Sydney Opera House in a Lotta Living search. Although it wasn't completed until the 70s, it's certainly a mid-century modern project, the basic design forming in the mid 50s......


It's unreasonable to mention the Opera House without also mentioning Sydney's best googie, Harry's Cafe de Wheels, which I've mentioned before.

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Postby Futura Girl » Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:14 pm

sky - would you mind fixing your first post to adhere?
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6839
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