It’s hard to believe that a building could be as famous as the Opera House is. But, if you think about it, how else would you describe one of the most recognisable buildings in the world?
Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic structures in the world and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sydney, Australia. It is known for its astonishing acoustics and impressive architecture.
The Sydney Opera House, also known as the “Sydney Opera House Trust” is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and opened in 1973, after being built by an international team of architects and engineers.
The inspiration Utzon drew came from a huge variety of places, from nature to architecture to shipbuilding. The exterior of the building was inspired by a series of shells, and derived from mathematical functions. The building is composed of a series of shapes that are circular, curved and brittle in order to capture the quintessence of nature.
The building’s design is inspired by nature—its forms, functions and colours—and it measures 187 meters (613 feet) long and 115 meters (377 feet) wide. The facility sits on 5.798 hectares of land and 8 boeing 747 can park inside the facility wing to wing. In total, there are approximately 1 million roof tiles covering an area of approximately 1.62 hectares that sit over the structure. They were made by a Swedish tile company named Höganas.
The Opera House’s sails were built using cranes made specifically for the job in France. The building itself was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007, and the organisation describes it as “great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape, at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour."