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Sydney Opera House

Sydney - Opera House(photographer: Enoch Lau)

General Information

Beginning of works: 1 March 1959
End of works: 20 October 1973
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: Double thin shell
Function / usage: Opera house
Concert hall

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates: 33° 51' 25.00" S    151° 12' 55.00" E

Technical Information

Dimensions

width 120 m
length 183 m
Concert Hall seats 2 679
Drama Theatre seats 544
Joan Sutherland Theatre seats 1 507
Playhouse seats 398
The Studio seats max. 400
Utzon Room seats max. 210

Cost

cost of construction Australian dollar 102 000 000

Materials

shell prestressed concrete

Notes

An international competition for the design of the Opera House, won by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, was held in 1955 and work started in 1959. After many disagreements with the Department of Public Works of New South Wales, Utzon resigned from the project in 1966 at the mid-point of construction. The architectural duties passed to Peter Hall, E. H. Farmer, Lionel Todd and David Littlemore. Very sever cost overruns were apparent from th earliest stages of construction and the additional expenditure was alleviated by a series of public lotteries.

Participants

Concept design
Architecture
Engineering
Contractor
Stage engineering
Rehabilitation
Water proofing

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  • About this
    data sheet
  • Structure-ID
    20000073
  • Date created
    28/10/1998
  • Last Update
    23/01/2015