Finally, we’re moving on to Australia this time. And the most famous landmark in Australia is none other Sydney Opera House. Located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, it is one of the most distinctive buildings of the 20th century ( environment.gov.au, 2016).
As Australia’s most popular landmark, it is a place where many great arts performances have taken place. It attracts millions of visitors every year, making it one of Australia’s main economy input. It is situated at Bennolong Point in Sydney Harbor ( environment.gov.au, 2016).
The most symbolic feature of the Sydney Opera House is definitely its white roof shaped like shells and sails. The white roof was constructed of over a million glazed white granite tiles imported from Sweden.The opera house has received much global acclaim for its amazing creativity and innovation and is regarded as an architectural icon of the 20th century. Many architects from all around the world will come here to examine its grand architecture. ( sheppardsoftware, 2016)
The opera house has five theatres which are the Concert Hall ( the biggest capacity with 2679), Opera Theatre, Drama Theatre, Playhouse and Studio Theatre. The Concert Hall has the Grand Organ, which has the largest mechanical organ in the world with over 10,000 pipes. ( sheppardsoftware, 2016)
Sydney Opera House was designed by J∅m Utzon, who won the competition to design the opera house. He was rewarded $5,000 as his prize money. Moreover, one of the 1,000 rooms in the place was named after him, the Utzon room, able to seat 210 people ( telegraph.co.uk, 2016).
Sydney Opera House is one of the only buildings in the world to have had an opera written about it – Alan John and Dennis Watkins’ The Eighth Wonder ( architectboy, 2016).
- UNESCO World Heritage Site ( telegraph, 2016)
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Here is a brilliant event video at the opera house: