Watch this documentary by BBC. Richard Hammond’s Engineering Connection describes the Sydney Opera House is like that of an orange peel. They studied how the Sydney Opera House was modeled and how they arrive at patterns that makes it so unique.
BBC Sydney Opera House Documentary
“There has been much criticism that the Opera House was a folly, that’s what they say. But it was not a folly. It was something very beautiful, very unique.”- Sydney Opera House designer Jorn Utzon
Interesting Facts About Sydney Opera House
1. 233 designs were submitted for the Opera House international design competition held in 1956. Jørn Utzon from Denmark was announced the winner, receiving ?5000 for his design.
2. Construction was expected to take four years. It took 14 years. Work commenced in 1959 and involved 10,000 construction workers.
3. The original cost estimate to build Sydney Opera House was $7 million. The final cost was $102 million and it was largely paid for by a State Lottery.
4. Sydney Opera House was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2007
5. Sydney Opera House was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20th October, 1973. She has since visited four times, most recently in 2006.
6. More than 8.2 million people visit the Opera House every year.
BOOK HOTEL NEAR SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Recommended hotels near Sydney Opera House:
- Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
- Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
- Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks
- Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney
- Marriott Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay
- More Hotels near Sydney Opera House
Book Cheap Hotel at Nearby Suburbs
- Potts Point 1.8 km 72 hotels
- North Sydney 2.2 km 35 hotels
- Pyrmont 2.4 km 113 hotels
- Darlinghurst 2.7 km 123 hotels
- Haymarket 2.7 km 75 hotels
- Surry Hills 3.7 km 108 hotels
- Bondi Beach 6.7 km 113 hotels
- Randwick 6.8 km 47 hotels
- Coogee 8 km 57 hotels
- Manly 9.2 km 131 hotels
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