The Sydney Opera House

 After the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and possibly before! The Sydney Opera House is the most recognisable architectural landmark to visit in the city of Sydney, Australia. As owner of window cleaning Sydney, I have seen this amazing site so many times that it is easy to take it for granted. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, here are some background details to help you see why you MUST visit Sydney soon to see it!

Sydney Opera House

When Was The Opera House Built?

Many modern architects would give their right arm to create something that is as beautiful as the Sydney Opera House, something that in itself guarantees thousands of visitors each year, bringing in literally millions of dollars to the local economy. 

However, in today's world, construction is much more expensive than in times past. So, it would take a massive injection of capital, and commitment, from local authorities to fund such an impressive project..something that in this world scarred from Covid, is not readily available.

Opera House Sydney

So, when you recognise that a construction would belong to times past, you may wonder when it was built?

Construction began way back in 1959, a full 60 years ago, when the recently demolished Fort Macquarie Tram Depot made way for the new project.

However, the Opera House, being such a large project was not an overnight construct. In fact, it was built in 3 stages, over a few years.

The first stage of it's construction involved building the Upper Podium from 1959-1963. This first stage was followed by the second part when the outer shells, perhaps the most recognisable part of the project were completed in the period from 1963-67.

The last, and completing part of the project occurred between the years of 1967-73 with the interior design and construction.

Who Designed The House?

As usual with such awesome projects, the Sydney Opera House was designed by only the best candidate. However, you may wonder how the best candidate was found? 

The design of the project was given to the winner of an international design competition that was completed in 1957, and was won by Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect.

Utzon was awarded 5000 Australian Pounds as award for winning the project. He visited Sydney in 1957 to supervise the project, and moved an office to Palm Beach in 1963.

Sydney Opera House Today

Today, Sydney Opera House serves as a major tourist attraction for this historic Australian city. It compares in stature to overseas icons such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Big Ben in the UK(find more in our UK business directory), and the Taj Mahal in India.

In addition to the tourist dollars that the Opera House brings in, it also provides local Sydney residents with amazing stage productions. For example, the Phantom of the Opera is scheduled from September-October of this year.

Bookings At The Sydney Opera House

If you would like to learn more about what is happening at the Opera House during your visit to Sydney, why not:

  • Visit Their Website
  • Phone +61 2 9250 7111