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Opera House an architectural 'tragedy'
11:42 AM April 28

The Sydney Opera House has been described as a tragedy in world architecture which destroyed its designer's career and robbed the world of other great works he may have made.

The study, Design by Deception: The Politics of Megaproject Approval published in the Harvard Design Magazine also claims that the Opera House is unsuitable for opera because of the changes that were made to the original design after architect Jorn Utzon left the country.

The study by Professor Bent Flyvbjerg of Aalborg University, Denmark, compares the construction of the Opera House to Spain's Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.

The study says the Guggenheim, which was delivered on time and on budget, is an architectural triumph which has boosted the career of its designer in comparison to the Opera House, which had the opposite effect.

"The real loss in the Sydney Opera House project is not the huge cost overrun in itself. It is that the overrun and the controversy it created kept Utzon from building more masterpieces," the report said.

The report says the then NSW government's low estimate of the the cost of Opera House and its inevitable blowout turned it into a political football which eventually made Utzon a target.

"Every overrun now set off an increasingly menacing debate about the emerging structure in Sydney Harbour," the report says.

"He was said to have lousy taste."

Utzon left Australia in 1966.

The report claims changes made to the construction after Utzon left means it is not suitable for opera.

Utzon's son Kim, who was interviewed for the study, says after the major parts had been built, they were then torn out again.

"A full revolving stage and a full rigging loft delivered from Germany were removed. They also dynamited part of the structure in order to create space for more seats - from which, by the way, you cannot see the stage," he said.

The Guggenheim's designer Frank Gehry says one of the failings in large public projects is the interference of politics and business.

"The goal is to prevent political and business interests from interfering with design and thus to arrive at an outcome as close as possible to the original design drawings," Gehry said.

"These clients often eliminate good architecture because they don't understand it and they're wary of it and they're unable to imagine that somebody who looks like an artist could possibly be responsible."

In 2001 Utzon was invited back to help restore the building and he agreed to oversee its renovation.




Source: ABC
 

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While it was a crime that he was forced to leave his project, I believe his participation in it's renovations will (hopefully) shut the haters up.

The Opera House is an unbelievable, outstanding building that is the envy of the World. It's only going to get better with Utzon's renovations. I found the enterior extremely drab.
 

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ive always loved this building and it's a shame the interior is such a shitheap.

What this project highlighted to me was the the huge gap in the understanding of physics between engineers (btw which i am)and architects. Most of what Utzon wanted to do was simply not possible in the 'real' world with the way he designed it and the building foundations that were built.

The arguments led to massive cost overruns and delays which trippled(i think 15 years 1957/58-1973) the construction time.

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what a load of crap. on ya blab
SOH is one of the worlds architectural wonders!
not only the bldg itself but its outstanding location.

heres some pix to remind ya.lol






probably one of the worlds most recognized bldgs (day or night)


 

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Dean said:
ive always loved this building and it's a shame the interior is such a shitheap.

What this project highlighted to me was the the huge gap in the understanding of physics between engineers (btw which i am)and architects. Most of what Utzon wanted to do was simply not possible in the 'real' world with the way he designed it and the building foundations that were built.

The arguments led to massive cost overruns and delays which trippled(i think 15 years 1957/58-1973) the construction time.

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Dean - Melbourne
Have to agree 100 % Dean the interiors apart from the Concert hall are quite uninspiring and dull particually the "opera" theatre that looks almost like an afterthought when the money ran out.
Hopefully the current upgrade will bring the interiors up to standard of the wonderfull exterior.

BTW Cull how about some pics of the inside as well?
 

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Cul didnt even read the report.

No one insulted the outside of the Opera house cul. We dont need u to post pics.

Dean is probably right (with the Architects vs Engineers thing)
 

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Dean said:
What this project highlighted to me was the the huge gap in the understanding of physics between engineers (btw which i am)and architects. Most of what Utzon wanted to do was simply not possible in the 'real' world with the way he designed it and the building foundations that were built.
Architects design pretty buildings but don't realise they have to stand up.
 

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nerazzurri said:
Well an 'architectural tragedy' ended being one of the worlds greatest landmarks.
But it's infamous of very bad acoustics and it's unsuitable for opera performances (the orchestra pit is too small, some seats have very bad view to the stage etc.). What's the point of an opera house where you can't perform operas?
 

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i seen on a documentery that they started building the SOH before they even new how they where going to finish it.
 
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