Australia’s Sydney Opera House is the most recognizable buildings in the world. It is standing with on the age of the most beautiful harbour of Sydney, Australia it’s high and low time. Sydney Opera House has proven to be a landmark structure of Australia. Despite how many times we see this effortlessly beautiful structure, it always mesmerizes us every time.
There are some extreme engineering and the years of hard work were invested to convert this remarkably beautiful dream into reality.
Fascinating Design & Construction
It was the year of 1955 when the New South Wales Conservatorium of music launched a design competition for creating an exceptional Opera House. A total of 233 entries from Architects came from 32 countries around the world. The Danish architect named John Hudson who was the winner of that competition.
After his victory, Hudson had to re-defining the building plans because during the competition only diagrams and sketches were submitted. With an expected completion date of January 1963 and an initial budget of 7 million Australian dollars, the New South Wales government began construction.
Surprisingly at that stage, they didn’t have the complete design of the Opera House. Hence, the overall project got delayed by 10 years with 14 times the budget initially funded. The actual cost of construction reached a hundred and two million Australian dollars then, which is equivalent to 910 27 million Australian dollars in today.
There were particular three stages for the construction of the Sydney Opera House. The first part consisted of the structure of the podium; the second part concluded the iconic outer shell design. And the final stage consisted of the concert halls and interior designs. In March 1959 the construction began structure’s concrete pillar supporting the 1.8-hectare building. The project for starting to get a delay in the absence of completed proposals.
The design featuring its sail-like structure had won the competition; which has given the Opera House this iconic shape. Despite the structure was a key part of the Opera House construction, no one at that time knew the estimated cost of building that structure. They had to re-design at least 12 times just to find an economical solution for the roof. At last, with more than 1 million cream and white colour tiles the completion of the typical roof structure we are seeing today.
Finally, Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Sydney Opera House on 20th October 1973 after 14 years of design, re-design, and construction work.
Modern & MEginificent with time
This magnificent construction is still going under renovation until today while hosting numerous regular performances.
Though it named the Sydney Opera House, there are a total of 6 performance spaces inside Including restaurants and bars.
- John Sutherland theatre.
- Concert Hall.
- Drama theatre.
- The studio.
- Utzon room.
In 2007 UNESCO declared this place as a World Heritage site