The Sydney Opera House is one of the world's great icons and the symbol of Australia. The indelible image is the result of the brilliant design work and indefatigible commitment of the architect, Jorn Utzon, despite the troubled and complicated ...
history that plagued the project after Utzon, a young Danish architect, won the anonymous design competition in 1957. This book reveals exactly what happened during the process of designing and building the Opera House. The text and pictures tell a unique story, both of a building and of an architect who set an example we still do not fully comprehend or appreciate. Despite the success of the building, the architect who conceived it has remained in relative obscurity. This book reconstructs in detail Jorn Utzon's ten-year involvement with the Sydney Opera House, from his surprising win in the competition to his highly controversial, forced resignation in 1966. It also ventures beyond the central theme of the Sydney Opera House to examine Utzon's work before and after Sydney, and brings to light a talent that is both exceptional and rare. Francoise Fromonot has researched documentation relating to every single phase of the project and her compelling story reveals how political changes and scheming within the Australian architecture and engineering professional community ultimately led to the failure of that built work in not fully realizing all of Utzon's design challenges.