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Home, to many great names.
Sydney Opera House which attracts more than 250,000 visitors a year on the merit of its marvelous style of construction is not only a venue for world’s most famous stage performances, it is home to many touring theaters, ballet troupes and musical productions. World renowned Opera
An idea of the time.
The idea of such a miraculous work actually bloomed in the mind of one man by name Eugene Goosens who had to do much campaigning to get it endorsed by Joseph Cahill the premier of NSW premises.
All in one.
Its construction was to take place in three stages; the first was to begin after the demolition of For Mcquqrie Tram Depot which was located in the proposed location. The whole complex consisted of 5 theaters, 5 rehearsal studios, 2 main halls, 4 restaurants, 6 bars and numerous souvenir shops. The team was always under pressure from politicians who considered as a drain of public money. This pressure has caused numerous flaws in the construction and later consumed its own time for its reconstruction.
This structure which covers 1.8 hectares was built between was commissioned in 1973 (work started in 1940) in expressionist style. A series of large pre-cast concrete shells, each taken from the same hemisphere form its roof. The whole structure is 183 (605 feet) meters long and 120 meters (388 feet) wide and supported by 580 piers sunk 25 meters below sea-level. This Opera House consumes power equal to that of a city with a population of 25,000. The architect was Jern Utzon and the structural engineer was Ove Arup and partners.
An idea that struggles to get shape.
The work of the structure was dogged by confusions and delays from the very beginning, as it is a very unconventional building, normal engineering solutions were inadequate to find solutions to the mammoth structure that had to build in such a small area in the sea. Politicians were making hay while the engineers and contractors worked relentlessly in the sun. The initial design given for competition was utterly unprofessional and construction based on that was near to impossibility.
Games; politicians play!
Change in Australian political leadership also had its impact on the course of construction as the new premier entrusted the work to the Ministry of Public Works and due to hefty political interferences Utzon had to resign and go, his place was entrusted upon Peter Hall who was eager to make drastic changes in acoustics as well as interior designs.
World Heritage Site.
All these took its own time and somehow the project could be completed in 1973. Sydney Opera House in
A ticket too many.
Sydney Opera House is home to most of the celebrated operas and theaters of Australia like Opera Australia, Sydney Theater Company, Sydney Symphony etc it plays the role of hosting to performances of celebrities admission to inside can be had just by taking a ticket to any of the Opera or play to be held or joining the guided tour program runs every half hour.
Utzon back in action.
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In 1999 Utzon was recalled by the trust and placed him design consultant for future modification and refurbishment of the structure. Under his direction the Sydney Opera House has undergone thorough face lift (Later one of the hall was named as ‘Utzon’s room’ for his honor).
In consolidating mode.
The Sydney Opera House is consolidating its position as