1957. Jørn Utzon receives a cellphone name: he’s simply received a global competitors to design a model new opera home for the Australian metropolis of Sydney. Utzon is unknown within the subject, so this can be a triumph. However the younger architect couldn’t have imagined what a bitter victory this may become.
The Guggenheim in Bilbao; the Burj Khalifa in Dubai; the Shard in London. Lately, everybody appears to need an iconic constructing. However Sydney Opera Home was the primary, the best – and probably the most painful. That is its origin story.
Two wonderful histories of the Sydney Opera Home are The Home by Helen Pitt, which vividly covers the story from each angle, and The Saga of Sydney Opera Home, by Peter Murray, which is especially authoritative on the technical particulars and the connection between Utzon and Arup.
John Pardey describes his assembly with Utzon in “Letters: Utzon’s Legacy” Arq Vol 13 2009
Bent Flyvbjerg and Dan Gardner cowl each the Opera Home and the Guggenheim Bilbao of their e-book How Massive Issues Get Achieved.
Additionally see Flyvbjerg’s “Design by Deception: The Politics of Megaproject Approval” (June 2005). Harvard Design Journal, Spring/Summer season, no. 22, pp. 50-59