Sunday, November 30, 2008

Controversial Opera House Architect Dies

Joern Utzon - the architect of the Sydney Opera House - has died in Copenhagen at the age of 90, following a heart attack.

In 1957, Utzon won a competition for the design of Australia's best known landmark. The design was so ambitious and challenging that at the time no one new whether it could actually be built. This eventually led to a falling out between Utzon and the NSW government resulting in Utzon's resignation from the project on 28 February 1966. Despite this event, the building was completed in 1973, though not to Utzon's original specifications. On 28 June, 2007, the Sydney Opera House was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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