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The architect’s gift to society, is to bring joy to...

The architect’s gift to society, is to bring joy to the people, from the surroundings he creates

Jorn Utzon, Danish architect, designer of the Sydney Opera House.

On this day, 29th January 1957, Jorn Utzon was named as the winner of the competition for the new Sydney Opera House design.

The Sydney Opera House, Australia, now sits on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour. Designed by Danish architect Joern Utzon in 1955, it has become one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world.

The NSW Premier at that time, Joseph Cahill, called for designs for a dedicated opera house, and Utzon was announced as the winner from among 233 entries, on 29 January 1957. Jorn Utzon arrived in Sydney to oversee the project in 1957 and work commenced in 1959.

The building was completed in 1973, at a cost of $102 million, and formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October 1973.

The State Library of New South Wales holds a large collection of plans and items relating to Jorn Utzon’s designs for the Sydney Opera House.