Today I want to tell you something about the Sydney Opera House.
My Presentation has got 4 topics.
First of all I’d like to give you some information’s about this special building.
Secondly I tell you something about the size.
Thirdly I talk about the inside fashioning.
And at last I also talk about the opera house today.
In the End of the 1940s, the population of Sydney had the Idea that the city
should have an own Opera-house. Good look of the Opera-house was very
The Bennelong Point, which was a half-island in the harbour of Sidney, was
chosen to be the place where the Opera-house should be build. Bennelong
Point was named by an old Aborigine was used as a Reparation centre for
Trams, but after everyone starts to drive with a car, this place was closed and
was only a piece of shame on a good place.
Financial-problems played no role by the built of the Opera-house.
The lottery for the financiering of the opera-house was very helpful and a
The Danish architect Jorn Utzon who tried here, however, for the first time
internationally won the international advertising to which 233 proposals were
submited, in 1957. Among the rest, a respectable declares was given him also
from fashionably Australian architect Harry Seidler. Though Utzons design
offended against the rules of competition, because he submitted only one
roughly sketch. The choice of his design still turned out luck clutch, not only for
Sydney, but also for the world architecture.
Utzons design reminds of the sails of a ship what is well effective, because the
opera-house was built directly by the sea. However, in the 1990s the architect
opened that the segments of an orange of the styling form the basis.
In 1959 began the construction work. Nevertheless, the stooped bowls of the
roof posed big problems, because they were to be calculated only hard.
Architectural new territory was often to be entered and problems were
settled as they positioned themselves. The design had to be custom-made of
the more often to new realities.
This contributed to the fact that the originally estimated building cost from 3.5
millions £ lay at the end with about 50 millions £, so then 100 million Australian
dollars and the appointment of the completion from the 26th of January, so
to the national public holiday Australia Day of 1965 for which 1973 had to be
The rising building cost, but also artistic differences led to the difference
between the leading government of the Australian federal state of New
South Wales under the conservative Prime Minister Robert Askin and the
architect. The high point of the official delivered discussion was in 1966 the
resignation Utzons which left virtually overnight Australia and should never
again put a foot on the fifth continent.
A group of young Australian architects brought the work to an end. Utzon was
confident that the grieved compromises would ruin the work, and by the
opening critics and artists to a degree decided with him. Above all the
reasonable implementation of the biggest parts of the interior and the
acoustics were often criticised.
On the 20th of October, 1973 the opera-house was officially handed over by
Queen Elisabeth II, the formal head of state of Australia, his regulation.
The opera-house of Sydney is one of the most eye-catching and most famous
buildings of the 20th century and the landmark of Sydney. It goes on the
design of the Danish architect and Pritzker price owner Jørn Utzon back. In
2007 UNESCO (=United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural
Organization) privileged the house as an UNESCO world tradition.
So my next point is about the size of the building.
The building is 183 metres long, 118 metres wide and covers a surface of
about 1.8 hectares. His unmistakeable roof rises 67 metres high and is dressed
up with 1,056,000 glazed, white ceramic tiles which were imported from
Sweden. 580 posts which rise 25 metre deep in the ground carry about a
160,000 tonnes heavy building.
Now some information’s about the inside fashioning.
The opera-house contains five theatres with a total of 5532 seats: The concert
hall with 2679 seats, the opera theatre with 1547 seats, the drama Theatre
with 544 seats, the Playhouse with 398 seats and the studio Theatre with 364
seats. All together there are about 100 rooms, under it 5 test studios, a
cinema, and 60 changing rooms, 4 restaurants, 6 bars and many souvenir
stores. The electricity supply would be enough for a town with 25,000 people
and encloses 645 kilometres in electric cables.
Now I am on the last point from my presentation.
It’s about the opera house today.
Today the opera-house of Sydney is a popular tourist attraction and beside
Sydney Harbour bridge the landmark of Sydney and together with the Uluru
the landmark of Australia.
Within the scope of Sydney festival now and then free concerts and other
events take place. Also the finale of Australian idol, the local version of pop
idol (Deutschland sucht den Superstar, Star mania) is delivered here. The
opera-house is integrated since 1978 regularly as a place of issue in the 2
yearly taking place biennial film festival of Sydney, a 3-month, international
So this is the end of my presentation. I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you for