SAW2 - Utzon - Feb. 17

By Sydney Architecture Walks

Feb. 17, 2013

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Museum of Sydney. cnr Bridge and Phillip Streets, Sydney

Sydney Opera House. Image by Eoghan Lewis

‘Utzon’ is at once an in-depth and textured portrait of enigmatic Danish architect Jørn Utzon, as well as the story of the 20th centuries most ambitious architectural project.

Discussing the sources of the young architect’s deepest inspiration, his working methods and influences, we chart the development of Utzon’s ideas and their realisation in the platform, concrete shells and ceramic skin of the Sydney Opera House. You will discover the influence of towering 20thC figures like LeCorbusier, Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe and even Picasso on Utzon’s ideas, his interest in Antonio Gaudi’s working methods and the ways in which his work was utterly contemporary yet drew many of its ideas from the architecture of the ancients.

Booted out in 1966 by the irrascible Askin government, Utzon considered the six years he spent developing the interiors of the House, none of which were realised, the most productive of his career. Using discarded drawings and models, Utzon’s design for the performance spaces, glass walls and interiors will be discussed and you can judge for yourself how much we lost when he was forced to leave the building half-finished. 

SAW2 finishes with the recently completed Opera House refurbishment, a decade-long collaboration between Utzon, his architect son Jan and Sydney architect Richard Johnson.

Led by architects but aimed at the city enthusiast!


Adults $35, Concession $25. Ticket includes free mini-city guide from SAW.


Eoghan Lewis
0403 888 390