Financed largely by Lotteries with construction being over 14 years, endless problems with costs, schedules, and the design philosophy forced Utzon to withdrew from the project.
After he left the design was changed but the essence of Utzon's original design remains, the design being Expressionist Modern, tile-clad concrete and precast concrete, with its distinctive roof line..
The Opera house has a Concert Hall which seats 2690, an Opera Theatre seating 1547, Drama Theatre, Playhouse and restaurants.
In 2003 he was awarded the Pritzker Prize, architectures equivalent of the Nobel Prize. The Pritzker Prize site has an excellent bio for Jorn Utzon here. Now aged 85 he is a reclusive figure.
In 2002 a restoration which cost millions was bgun, and included the completion of the reception room according to Utzon's original design. An enormous tapestry inspired by Raphael's Procession to Calvary envisioned by Utzon was woven and installed in 2004.
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Opera House to get an Utzon interior
After 30 years, the Sydney Opera House will soon have its first interior designed by the building's architect - a transformed reception hall that brings to life Joern Utzon's original vision for his masterpiece.
The hall - shown in a series of plans marked, poignantly, Utzon Associates - will be completed within about six months. The first and only "true" Utzon-designed interior is revealed in a development appliication to Planning NSW, to go on exhibition today.
It was prepared by Utzon, 85, with Sydney firm of Johnson Pilton Walker. After its $4.5 million refurbishment, it will be included in guided tours of the house, a spokeswoman said.
The Opera House consists of the following::
THE OPERA THEATRE
has an orchestra pit which accommodates up to 70 musicians - maximum seating capacity of 1507 and its stage is 17.5 m deep. Two lifts at the rear of the stage can add 7m to the stage depth and the front section of the pit can be raised to stage level to increase the performance area.
has a maximum seating capacity of 544 in 19 rows. and the stage is 14m deep.
has a maximum seating capacity of 398 in 17 rows and the stage area has a maximum depth of 7m.
is a contemporary performing arts venue, suitable for cabaret, small theatrical productions and spoken word presentation. It has a maximum seating capacity from 220 to 350.
features a specially designed 14 metre wide floor-to-ceiling wool tapestry designed by Utzon.
has maximum standing capacity of up to 300 and is designed for Displays and Exhibitions.
is a spectacular open-air venue with breathtaking harbor views. It measures 85m x 25m and has been used for concerts and special events such as New Year's Eve.
Other Buildings Designed by Jorn Utzon include:
Kuwait House of Parliament
Bagsuaerd Church Copenhagen
Paustian's House of Furniture Copenhagen
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