Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House in photographs
The Sydney Opera House’s status as one of the modern wonders of the world is now cemented. Acclaim was slow to arrive and it wasn’t really until the dust had settled before iconic status was finally bestowed. The decision by the building's late architect, the Dane Jørn Utzon, to leave the project before completion and never return, abandoning his interior scheme in the process, added a poignant dimension to the Opera House Story.
It wasn't until late in his life that Utzon received official acknowledgement of the brilliance of his design, paving the way for his son Jan to oversee additions and enhancements that have gone some way to restoring his father's original vision. This portfolio of images by the photographer Katarina Stübe, published in an iconic tome titled ‘Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House’, was undertaken in full co-operation with father and son.
Focusing on the extraordinary roofscape – developed in conjunction with Ove Arup – the monograph also contains extensive family recollections of the Utzon's move to Australia, fully illustrated by archive material on the competition and construction of one of the world's most famous buildings.