The Sydney Opera House: Architecture and History
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The Sydney Opera House: Architecture and History

Test your knowledge of the iconic Sydney Opera House, from its design and construction to its cultural significance and interesting facts. Learn about its unique architecture, performance venues, and history.

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In which Australian state is the Sydney Opera House located?

New South Wales

Who designed the Sydney Opera House?

Jørn Utzon

How many performance venues does the Sydney Opera House comprise?


What inspired the design of the Sydney Opera House's roof structure?

<p>Sailing boats</p> Signup and view all the answers

How many years did the construction of the Sydney Opera House take?

<p>16 years</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was the final cost of constructing the Sydney Opera House?

<p>AU$102 million</p> Signup and view all the answers

What international recognition has the Sydney Opera House received?

<p>UNESCO World Heritage Site</p> Signup and view all the answers

How many performances does the Sydney Opera House host annually?

<p>1,500</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

Location and Architecture

  • Located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour
  • Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon
  • Opened on October 20, 1973

Design and Features

  • Expressionist architectural style
  • Comprises multiple performance venues, including:
    • Concert Hall (seating 1,677)
    • Opera Theatre (seating 1,056)
    • Drama Theatre (seating 544)
    • Playhouse (seating 398)
    • Studio (seating 280)
  • Famous for its roof structure, composed of:
    • 2,194 pre-cast concrete sections
    • 14,000 metres of tensioned cable
  • White sails-like design inspired by the shapes of sailing boats

Construction and Cost

  • Construction took 16 years (1957-1973)
  • Original estimated cost: AU$7 million
  • Final cost: AU$102 million
  • Funded by the New South Wales Government

Cultural Significance

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (2007)
  • One of the most iconic and recognizable buildings in the world
  • Hosts over 1,500 performances annually, including:
    • Opera Australia
    • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
    • Australian Ballet
    • Other dance, music, and theatre companies

Interesting Facts

  • The Sydney Opera House is not just an opera house, but a multi-venue performing arts centre
  • The building's design has been likened to a series of giant shells or a sailboat
  • The Opera House is home to a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars

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