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Jørn Utzon designed the Sydney Opera House so that every element would be in harmony. But its construction, while it began in just that way, ended in complete discord.

Jørn Utzon designed the Sydney Opera House so that every element would be in harmony. But its construction, while it began in just that way, ended in complete discord. The visionary state government that commissioned the project was replaced by one that did not appreciate it and stopped funding it. Utzon was forced out. The interiors he planned went unbuilt and rumours were spread about his departure. In this incisive essay, to celebrate the Opera House's fortieth anniversary, Daryl Dellora draws on his own past interview with Utzon to pull those rumours apart. Along with the architect's original intentions, he reveals how misguided was the attempt to thwart one of the modern world's architectural masterpieces. 

Reviews

Dellora demolishes the myths spread by Utzon's political opponents as he outlines a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions.

Fiona Capp, The Age

This bite-sized book on the building of the Opera House is a bit of an indictment of men of limited vision at the time.

Troy Lennon, Daily Telegraph

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  • Paperback

    9780143570806

    October 23, 2013

    Penguin

    80 pages

    RRP $9.99

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  • EBook

    9781743483237

    October 23, 2013

    Penguin eBooks

    120 pages

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