Little did architect Jørn Utzon know when he created his initial drawings, that the Sydney Opera house would become a milestone in
Utzon was 38 when he submitted his entry in the design competition. An unknown architect at the time, he was surprised when his sculptural design was selected from over 200 international submissions.
Utzon’s design utilized geometrical forms all coming from the sphere. Using this approach is possibly what gives the Opera House its timeless appeal.
The design also evokes a ship’s sails, which is especially relevant due to the location of the Opera House at the Sydney Harbor.
Engineering this structure was no easy feat. Utzon himself eventually came up with the solution after many design iterations.