Thursday, 31 December 2009

Three Favorite Buildings

3. Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century, an image of great beauty that has become known throughout the world – a symbol for not only a city, but a whole country and continent..
In 1957, the project of designing the Sydney Opera House was awarded by an international jury to Danish architect Jorn Utzon, it marked a radically new approach to construction.
The construction started on 1959 and was inaugurated in 1973

    The Sydney Opera House constitutes a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. Its significance is based on its unparalleled design and construction; its exceptional engineering achievements and technological innovation and its position as a world-famous icon of architecture. It is a daring and visionary experiment that has had an enduring influence on the emerging architecture of the late 20th century. Utzon's original design concept and his unique approach to building gave impetus to a collective creativity of architects, engineers and builders. The design represents an extraordinary interpretation and response to the setting in Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Opera House is also of outstanding universal value for its achievements in structural engineering and building technology. The building is a great artistic monument and an icon, accessible to society at large.

In 2003 Jorn Utzon was awarded the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honour

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