Inaugurated in the early 70s, the Sydney Opera House is one of the most magnificent architectural work of the 20th century which brings together a number of different strands of creativity and innovation in both architectural form as well as structural design.
An imposing urban sculpture set in an extraordinary waterscape, at the tip of a peninsula that projects into Sydney Harbour, the building has had a lasting influence on architecture. The Sydney Opera House consists of three groups of interlocking vaulted ‘shells’ which house two main performance halls and a restaurant.
These shell-structures rest upon a vast platform and are encircled by terrace areas which function as pedestrian concourses. In 1957, when the development of the Sydney Opera House was given – by an international jury – to Danish architect Jørn Utzon, it marked a fundamentally new approach to construction.
Design And Construction Of The Sydney Opera House
The building of the Sydney Opera House was scheduled in three distinct stages:
- The first would be the structure’s podium,
- The second would see the development of the iconic outer shells, and
- The final stage would concentrate on the internal outfits of the concert halls as well as other open spaces. From 1959, construction of the podium started.
Owing to some unexpected difficulties – such as inclement weather and stormwater diversion – the podium was ultimately completed in February 1963. Later on it was found that the podium columns were not sufficiently strong to support the load from the roof. Because of this it was rebuilt.
From 1957 to 1963 the architects responsible for the design of the Opera House went through a minimum of 12 iterations of the form of shells in order to find the most economically acceptable form prior to the workable solution being completed. The design works included analysis in computer-aided design. The first pins in the arches were surveyed and studied. At the end of each survey, the data was inputted into the computer so that the following arch could be placed correctly in position.
The roof design was verified on scale models in wind tunnels at the University of Southampton in order to determine the wind pressure distribution around the roof in a very high wind. This assisted in the design of the roof tiles as well as their texture.
Sydney Opera House Tour
For an exceptional opportunity to explore this magnificent structure from up close and learn about its history as well as the world-famous personalities who have visited and given performances here.
With the Sydney Opera Tour, you are able to unearth the secrets of the architecture of the structure which was ground-breaking for its time which took 14 years in the making. You can get to look at what takes place behind the scenes at the theatres and get a perspective of what goes into the making of 2000 live entertainment performances each and every year.
Enjoy the visual beauty and immerse yourself in the cultural experience of the Sydney Opera House with your whole family and make memories of a lifetime.