Sydney Opera House (Australia) - building in the style of modern expressionism, symbol of Australia

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Bennelong Point, Sydney, South Wales, Australia

Date of build

1957 - start of construction
October 20, 1973 - opening

  • Other building names: National Opera House
  • Building type: Opera house
  • Architectural style: Modern expressionism
  • Material: Steel, concrete, glass
  • Cost: 400 million marks
  • Height: 67 meters
  • Area: 1.8 ha
  • Architect: Jörn Utzon, Ove Arup Jörn Utzon, Ove Arup
Sydney Opera House description and facts:

Opera building is an architectural fantasy adapted to the modern era of space travel. It is one of the most famous symbols of Australia.

The winner of the best design competition announced in 1956 was Dane Jörn Utson, his project was selected from 222 projects from 32 countries around the world. As the winner he was awarded 5,000 pounds.

The opera building is 183 meters long and 120 meters wide. The roof, 67 m high, is covered with 2194 sections, each weighing 15 tons.

The skeleton of the roof weighs 161000 tons and supports 350 km of cable. More than a million Swedish anti-fungal ceramic tiles have been laid on "sails" that shine in the sun and do not require cleaning.

In the building there are concrete ceiling vaults supported on steel ribs and 6225 m2 of colored glass. There are also the largest curtains in the world, and the largest mechanical organs. The total length of electric cables is 645 kilometers.

There are five halls in the building where theater and ballet performances and concerts take place, there is also a cinema and two restaurants. There are 1,550 people in the opera house, 2,700 in concert theater, 550 in theater, and 420 people in the chamber music hall.

Every week, about 40 performances and concerts take place in the opera. The construction of the huge organs located there took 10 years, they are the largest in the world, they have 10 154 pipes.

The construction of the opera lasted 10 years longer than originally thought.

Initially assumed cost of construction was to amount to 7 million dollars, but its cost increased to 102 million, similarly the construction time, instead of the planned 4 years, the Opera was completed only after 14 years. When the construction costs increased, Utzon (Pritzker Prize winner in 2003) withdrew and completed construction: Peter Hall, Lionel Todd and David Littlemore.

Every year, the opera attracts over 8.2 million tourists, which translates into revenues of one billion dollars. In addition, over 12,000 people find additional work.

The building was opened in 1973 by Queen Elisabeth II, she has visited him four times since then.

Opera is cooled by sea water taken directly from the port. Circulating through a total length of 35 kilometers, it is both heated and used for cooling and air conditioning.

In 2015, the building received 4 stars and an ecological certificate from the Green Building Council of Australia.

The building is open 363 days a year, it is closed only on Christmas and Good Friday.

Sydney Opera was in 2007 inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Official website: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com

"The Sydney Opera House is a building that will be seen from above, this is the point - you can not design a building of this type without underlining the roof structure, which is why I created something that meets all requirements from a functional point of view. When you think about the gothic church, you can understand what I really intended. The form of the building was modeled on the sphere. The halves of the sphere are harmonizing with each other, the building is therefore balanced."- Jörn Utzon

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gonzo ;)
#48
gonzo ;)
7 years ago
najlepsza daje naj za wszystko a nocą najpiękniejsza
Lola
#47
Lola
8 years ago
is Greate
Isabella swansen
#46
Isabella swansen
8 years ago
this is the very very big and beautyfiul place!! you must be on sydney becouse you understande the place!!l was on sydney house!!!!love it love thats
MAREK
#45
MAREK
9 years ago
Byłem widziałem coś wspaniałego polecam wszystkim.
t.p.
#44
t.p.
10 years ago
Australia the place to be
MONIC
#43
MONIC
10 years ago
A BYŁAM W AUSTRALII I WIDZIAŁAM OPERE Z BLISKA!:) JEST PRZECUDNA!!!:) SZCZEGÓLNIE WIECZOREM JEST PIEKNIE OŚWIETLONA:) POLECAM AUSTRALIE:)
Krzysiek
#42
Krzysiek
11 years ago
Naprawdę warto jest tam pojechać:):) bylem tam i to są niezapomniane chwile:):)
natatalia
#41
natatalia
11 years ago
Ta budowla jest piękna!!!:) Bardzo bym tam chciała pojechać!!! Kto wie może za rok do babci:)
All
#40
All
11 years ago
Tak trzeba przyznać, że to świetna budowla. Od zawsze moim marzeniem jest podróż do Australii i mam nadzieję, że kiedyś się spełni:) pozdrowienia dla kangurów:D
paulina
#39
paulina
12 years ago
nie byłam tam ale bardzo bym chciała tam pojechac jest to moje najwieksze marzenie
Maggy
#38
Maggy
12 years ago
No fajniu$ko:)) he he
aga
#37
aga
12 years ago
najbardziej mi się podobają zdjęcia
ola
#36
ola
12 years ago
opera sydney house jest to najładniejsza opera na całym świecie :-)
aborygent
#35
aborygent
13 years ago
jest hicior dajcie zdięcia z wewnącz
Bobby
#34
Bobby
13 years ago
Opera House fascynuje mnie juz od dawna kiedy bede starszy to chcę tam pojechać i zobaczyć ją na własne oczy mam nadzieje ze moje marzenie bedzie zrealizowane
Lena
#33
Lena
13 years ago
Rany...Beznadzieja . Ochyda.Jak wogóle można na to patrzeć.Luwr we Francji to jest coś , ale to...:/:
Kasia
#32
Kasia
13 years ago
Wielokrotnie miałam przyjemnośc fotografować gmach opery - jest piękny z każdej strony wygląda inaczej. Zapraszam do fotogarlerii na mojej stronie o Australii: www.australia.waw.pl
Ania
#31
Ania
13 years ago
Byłam tam 2 lata temu, miałam okazje byc w sali operowej na Otello w wersji włoskiej.Zrobiło to na mnie piorunujące wrażenie.Ale dlaczego ktos z Australijczyków ( polskiego pochodzenia) nagadał mi ze Opera Sydneyjska jest zaprojektowana przez Polaka a dokonczona przez tych , których wymieniliście . Jest to dla mnie szok!
Rudek
#30
Rudek
13 years ago
Usytuowanie gmachu nawiązuje do lądowania statku "First Fleet" w 1788 roku.
Maciek
#29
Maciek
13 years ago
wiele bym oddał żeby zobaczyć tą operę i w ogóle Australię
J................
#28
J................
13 years ago
Architekyura Opery w sydnej jest rewelacyjna Przypomina Morze bijące o brzeg. Nawiązuje do klimatu Australii Ja osobiście chciałabym obejrzeć operę ale ownież zwiedzić Alice spring i Góę Macedon Wspaniałę
miszcz
#27
miszcz
14 years ago
Nie jest zła ta strona ale mogła by być lepsza !!
memo
#26
memo
14 years ago
ta strona naprawdę bardzo mi się przydała. Ładny opis, niezłe zdjęcia...
Pianino
#25
Pianino
14 years ago
Architekyura Opery w sydnej jest rewelacyjna Przypomina Morze bijące o brzeg. Nawiązuje do klimatu Australii Ja osobiście chciałabym obejrzeć operę ale ownież zwiedzić Alice spring i Góę Macedon Wspaniałę
madzik
#24
madzik
14 years ago
zdjęcia wnętrza są na oficjalnej stronie w linku wirtual tour ;]a link jest tutaj :P

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