The House: The dramatic story of the Sydney Opera House and the people who made it by Helen PittWinner of the 2018 Walkley Book Award
The best-loved building in Australia nearly didnt get off the drawing board. When it did, the lives of everyone involved in its construction were utterly changed: some for the better, many for the worse.
Helen Pitt tells the stories of the people behind the magnificent white sails of the Sydney Opera House. From the famous conductor and state premier who conceived the project; to the two architects whose lives were so tragically intertwined; to the workers and engineers; to the people of Sydney, who were alternately beguiled and horrified as the drama unfolded over two decades.
With access to diaries, letters, and classified records, as well as her own interviews with people involved in the project, Helen Pitt reveals the intimate back story of the building that turned Sydney into an international city. It is a tale worthy of Shakespeare himself.
A drama-filled page turner - Ita Buttrose AO OBE
Helen Pitt tells us so much about the building of the Sydney Opera House weve never heard before - Bob Carr, former Premier of NSW
Australia in the seventies: mullets, platform shoes and, miraculously, the Opera House. At least we got one of them right. A great read. - Amanda Keller, WSFM breakfast presenter
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Please refresh the page and retry. The architect Jorn Utzon was initially rejected by three judges in a competition to design the Sydney Opera House, but his entry was picked out by the fourth judge, renowned American architect Eero Saarinen, who declared it outstanding. Mr Utzon beat other entrants. Mr Utzon had never visited the site of the Sydney Opera House before entering the design competition, but used his naval experience to study charts of the harbour. Workers install lights on the metres long, metres wide Sydney Opera House. Mr Utzon resigned as chief architect of the Opera House in February , after a new Liberal government was elected and the Minister of Works stopped payments to him.
Author Reviews Be the first to review. Below are the answers to some popular questions about the Sydney Opera House as well as all the information you need to know to plan your visit to this unique and spectacular attraction. In , he won an international competition to design it. The construction of the Sydney Opera House began in The history of the building is as intriguing as the design. From the start, the project was controversial, with many Sydneysiders believing it was a monstrosity. Following a disagreement, Utzon returned home without ever seeing his finished project.
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