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The Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

The Sydney Opera House The Model Itself Vanished More Than 35 Years Ago And Resurfaced Inside 24 Storage Crates At A Customs Warehouse In Western Sydney

April 2019

Interesting Facts On The Actual Study Model

  • The model itself has 2,500+ pieces and the assembly instruction are missing. Yikes.
  • Originally known to the selection committee as the “Crystal Palace” the model is reportedly worth millions of dollars. Debate continues over the legal owner(s).
  • The Opera House took 17 years to complete; the model was seven years in the making.
  • Based on 8,000+ detailed drawings, the model is 15’ long by 9’ wide by 6’ high.
  • Built to a scale of 1:48, it replicates perfectly the interior of the Opera House, with its recital halls, foyers, staircases, and terrace overlooking the waters of Sydney Harbor.
  • It includes miniature engineering plant rooms, and plumbing fixtures.

The Sydney Opera House. DID YOU KNOW:

  • And you think you have competition? In the beginning, architects from approximately 30 countries submitted 233 entries. In January 1957 the judging committee announced the winning entry, that of Danish architect Jørn Utzon.
  • And then the politicians got involved. It is reported that “local government officials”, in their haste to get things moving, intentionally lowered construction cost estimates. Those estimates were never returned to the original numbers.  Consequently, the project was “over budget” from the start.  Utzon, who (unfairly) shouldered most of the blame, resigned from the project and returned to Denmark.
  • The final tab for the project was approximately $104 million – an absolute bargain by today’s measure. And, the entire cost was paid for by the Opera House lottery.       
  • A handful of local architects were brought in to finish the project. However, it is widely accepted that the Sydney Opera House is most definitely Jørn Utzon’s design.
  • The Sydney Opera House helped define an entire nation. You can’t think of France without the Eifel Tower, or India without the Taj Mahal - that’s how important architecture is. Furthermore, the Opera House and its aligned venues were designed and currently operated to be as inclusive as possible, bringing the arts to everyone and anyone.  That’s a nice way to be defined.