Sydney Opera House Essay

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The Sydney Opera House is a performing arts centre located on Bennelong Point in Sydney, New South Whales Australia. The Sydney Opera House is a masterpiece and an iconic building of the 20th century and has created itself as the Australian Symbol in many countries.
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous architecture jobs of all time. It made in an expressionist design, with a series of “shell like” buildings, each composed of sections of a hemisphere of the same radius, forming the roofs of the structure, set on a monumental podium. The total area of the building is 18211 metres squared. The entire structure is supported 588 concrete piers, sunk deep into Sydney Harbour. The roof of the building is covered in over 1 million
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The building will be made out of segments, and just like the Childs toy, when the segments are pulled together by steel rope; it tightens up and doesn’t fall. This is called ‘Post Tensioning”
On 2nd March 1959, stage 1 of the building had started; The Podium. The Government had pushed for the building process to start early and because of this, in 1961 work was running 47 weeks behind due to weather and storm water. Stage 1 was finally completed in February 1963. The total cost for this stage was $5.5Million.
Stage 2 of the construction started in 1963; the Roof. The design team took 6 years from 1957 to 1963, to figure out an economically acceptable way to create the shells for the roof. In 1961 the design team found a solution. The solution was to create the shells out of sections from a sphere, which could be made from a common sphere mould. The shells are held up by ‘ribs’ and panels inside the building. This stage cost approximately $12.5Million.
The third and final stage started in 1966; the Interior. The interior of the Sydney Opera House was the most expensive part of the construction, costing over $55 Million. In 1965 there was a change of government and the new Robert Askin government declared the project under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Public Works which led to the resignation of Jørn Utzon in

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