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UNESCO World Heritage Site #33: Sydney Opera House

Posted by on January 15, 2009

World Heritage Site #33: Sydney Opera House

World Heritage Site #33: Sydney Opera House

From the World Heritage inscription:

Inaugurated in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is a great architectural work of the 20th century that brings together multiple strands of creativity and innovation in both architectural form and structural design. A great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape, at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour, the building has had an enduring influence on architecture. The Sydney Opera House comprises three groups of interlocking vaulted ‘shells’ which roof two main performance halls and a restaurant. These shell-structures are set upon a vast platform and are surrounded by terrace areas that function as pedestrian concourses. In 1957, when the project of the Sydney Opera House was awarded by an international jury to Danish architect Jørn Utzon, it marked a radically new approach to construction.

OK, I get it. I understand that the Sydney Opera House is the symbol of Sydney, if not of all Australia. However, I’m not sure that any 30 year old building should really be declared a monument of human culture which should be preserved. It really isn’t even that impressive close up.

You can hear my thoughts on the Opera House on this episode of the podcast.