The House: The dramatic story of the Sydney Opera House and the people who made it by Helen PittWinner of the 2018 Walkley Book Award
The best-loved building in Australia nearly didnt get off the drawing board. When it did, the lives of everyone involved in its construction were utterly changed: some for the better, many for the worse.
Helen Pitt tells the stories of the people behind the magnificent white sails of the Sydney Opera House. From the famous conductor and state premier who conceived the project; to the two architects whose lives were so tragically intertwined; to the workers and engineers; to the people of Sydney, who were alternately beguiled and horrified as the drama unfolded over two decades.
With access to diaries, letters, and classified records, as well as her own interviews with people involved in the project, Helen Pitt reveals the intimate back story of the building that turned Sydney into an international city. It is a tale worthy of Shakespeare himself.
A drama-filled page turner - Ita Buttrose AO OBE
Helen Pitt tells us so much about the building of the Sydney Opera House weve never heard before - Bob Carr, former Premier of NSW
Australia in the seventies: mullets, platform shoes and, miraculously, the Opera House. At least we got one of them right. A great read. - Amanda Keller, WSFM breakfast presenter
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Sydney though not the capital of Australia is one of the most iconic Australian cities. With more than 50 beaches, Sydney is a popular tourist destination. Just as the ribbon was about to be cut on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in , a man in military uniform rode up on a horse, slashing the ribbon with his sword and opening it in the name of the people of New South Wales before the official ceremony even began. He was later arrested. After phasing out the Australian 1 and 2 cent coins in , they were melted down and used in the Sydney Olympics as Bronze Medals. They are large enough to penetrate human toe and fingernails easily. Human death has also been known to occur within 15 minutes of its bite.
In , Jorn Utzon , was announced as the winner of a competition that was geared towards coming up with the best design of the opera house. The design of the Sydney Opera House was inspired by nature , its forms, functions and colours. Utzon was influenced in his designs by bird wings, the shape and form of clouds, shells, walnuts and palm trees. He looked upon nature for guidance when designing, as nature over time combined both efficiency and beauty, hand in hand. Jorn Utzon claimed that the final design of the shells, was inspired by peeling an orange. It is said that the shells of the 14 separate roofs , form a sphere if combined.
The Point was first developed as a fort, named after Governor Macquarie. It was later used as a tram shed. Positioned on the most amazing harbour, next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and it is not difficult to see why Australia and Sydney have been recognised as hot spot travel destinations.
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It is one of the 20th century's most famous and distinctive buildings. The Government of New South Wales , led by the premier , Joseph Cahill , authorised work to begin in with Utzon directing construction. The government's decision to build Utzon's design is often overshadowed by circumstances that followed, including cost and scheduling overruns as well as the architect's ultimate resignation. The building comprises multiple performance venues, which together host well over 1, performances annually, attended by more than 1. As one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, the site is visited by more than eight million people annually, and approximately , visitors take a guided tour of the building each year. The facility features a modern expressionist design , with a series of large precast concrete "shells",  each composed of sections of a sphere of
Join me as I travel, play, eat, live and work in cities and places around the world. Published December 26th Sydney receives over 10 million international and domestic visitors each year for its beaches and attractions. Given its favourable weather, rich European history, vibrant economy and diverse lifestyle options, it is not surprising that Australia's largest city is such a popular destination for tourist and migrants. Here are 50 interesting facts I picked up while in Sydney to share with travellers and locals who may find them interesting to share with family and friends.
Please refresh the page and retry. The architect Jorn Utzon was initially rejected by three judges in a competition to design the Sydney Opera House, but his entry was picked out by the fourth judge, renowned American architect Eero Saarinen, who declared it outstanding. Mr Utzon beat other entrants. Mr Utzon had never visited the site of the Sydney Opera House before entering the design competition, but used his naval experience to study charts of the harbour. Workers install lights on the metres long, metres wide Sydney Opera House. Mr Utzon resigned as chief architect of the Opera House in February , after a new Liberal government was elected and the Minister of Works stopped payments to him.