Utzon, Jørn

Danish architect whose years in Sydney were marred by political conflict and cost overruns though he lived to see the Opera House design win international acclaim.

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Born
Copenhagen, Denmark
09 Apr 1918
Died
Copenhagen, Denmark
29 Nov 2008
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Alternate
Utzon, Jørn
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1957 - 1966

Utzon's Opera House

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2014

Considered 'the devil's work' by some and 'poetry, spoken with exquisite economy of words' by others, the Sydney Opera House quickly came to define a city, while its author drifted slowly into obscurity. Myths about Utzon and his influences abound: Was the Opera House inspired by sails, sea shells or oranges? Was Utzon a sculptor or an architect? And how on earth did Sydney snare this rare beauty?