Sydney opera house - Architect: Jørn Utzon

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Comments (19)

dmtr76 on October 10, 2008

An "old" classic of Sydney. When it was designed, the engineers discovered that it was imposssible to build. So, after a couple of years, they decided to make a perfect ball, cut on pieces that ball and use the pieces for the Opera House. Its not exactly like the original construction project, but it was a fantastic result!

Christophe Van Hulle on October 10, 2008

Heel erg mooie foto, Paul. Groetjes, Christophe

Paul Strasser on October 10, 2008

Thank you very much Dimitri and Christophe

Indeed old, 35 years this month. The construction at the time was quite controversial. The interior was not built to Jørn Utzon's design because of seating capacity (and cost) and he left the country before completion in somewhat acrimonious terms, never to return. It's only quite recently with renovation work that some of his original ideas are being put in place.

He's a very old man now. He explained once that his inspiration was not sailing boats on the harbour, but a peeled orange on his plate. Not sure if you can see, but the shells are covered in white tiles.

Andrew Royle on October 13, 2008

Nicely done Paul. Really captures the Nautilus theme of the original design.

Inspector H snaps on October 14, 2008

...I was going to mention the oranges, but see you have it there. I think this is the 8th wonder of the world. Old Jørn rocks!!! Those shells are so beautiful from any angle - who cares if it is not ideal for opera. I loved the "NO WAR" protest sign that appeared briefly. It photographs beautifully at night also because there is so much light around the Quay.

Paul Strasser on October 15, 2008

Thank you very much Andrew. Look forward to seeing some more of yours.

Thanks Helen, no matter what time, season or weather, I don't think you could ever not take a good photo with this as subject. I keep coming back myself.

Cheers, Paul

T NL on October 29, 2008

Ha Paul, ik heb eindelijk de tijd gehad om je complete collectie eens uitgebreid te bekijken. Er zitten echt een paar prachtige foto's tussen (zoals deze bijvoorbeeld)! Ik heb je in m'n favorieten gezet om niks van toekomstige uploads te hoeven missen. :)

Groeten, Tomas

Paul Strasser on October 29, 2008

Heel aardig van je Tomas om daarvoor de tijd te hebben genomen. Ook vooral bedankt voor al die positieve reacties van jou, dat waardeer ik echt.

Groeten, Paul

Juan PIXELECTA on November 6, 2008


¡Que elegancia! (YS)

Saludos cordiales Paul Strasser.


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Paul Strasser on November 8, 2008

Hola Pixelecta, muchas gracias!! Añadiré este a mi colección con orgullo.

Saludos cordiales, Paul

Paul Strasser on November 10, 2008

Thanks Pierre-Jean! Next time I'm there I'll go out in the evening and see if I can bring some colour to these shots.

Amitiés, Paul

Draken on March 31, 2009

Another fine example of an excellent composition "playing" with superb modern architecture.


Paul Strasser on April 12, 2009

Thank you very much Draken. Not too much work on my part though; it's one of those designs that lends itself to any angle.

Cheers, Paul

picsonthemove on May 19, 2009

Nicely done, Paul, to show some structure



Paul Strasser on May 22, 2009

Thanks very much picsonthemove, I'm glad you like this.

Cheers, Paul

Thomas Segretain on March 25, 2010

what a beautiful picture of the opera house ! i hope i'll see it one day ! untill then i can see how it looks like throught your nice galery ! greetings from France

Paul Strasser on March 27, 2010

Thanks very much thomasss.

That day may be sooner than you think, the world keeps getting smaller. No one thought of coming to Australia as a tourist 50 years ago, now the place abounds with tourists.

Greetings, Paul

BWS's ghost on April 3, 2010

Thanks for posting all your wonderful Sydney sights in the 'biggest cities' game, Paul! I may have a go at posting some of my Sydney shots one of these days. Cheers, Brian

Paul Strasser on April 3, 2010

Thank you for the game Brian!

It may be the biggest city down here but it is certainly not everyone's favourite. Hope you left with good memories.

Cheers, Paul

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