RAHS/HHA Lecture & Tour

RAHS/HHA Evening Lecture & Tour

 Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House: Architecture and the City

RAHS/HHA Evening Lecture & Tour

Construction of the Sydney Opera House, 1965 [Image: Max Dupain, courtesy of State Library of NSW]

In our second joint event with Historic Houses Association of Australia, join Dr Peter Kohane for this talk offering insights into Jorn Utzon’s work. The Sydney Opera House is analysed with reference to the platform, the relationship of the building to the city and the idea of a monument. The discussion also refers to the architect’s later work, most significantly the Bagsvaerd church. In this scheme, the sacred interior’s canopy of light generates a vital room.

Peter teaches architectural history and theory at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of publications on architects and theorists, including Louis Kahn, James Barnet, Edmond and Corrigan, James Fergusson and Charles Robert Cockerell. Following the talk there will be a tour conducted by Steve McAuley, senior guide and history specialist at the Sydney Opera House. We all know this iconic landmark – but do we really?  The tour will take you around the site and places where you may have never been before. Come and rediscover in detail the history of Australia’s most famous house. 

When: Monday 18 June
Time: Lecture 2pm – 3pm | Tour 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: (Lecture) RAHS/HHA members $15; non-members $20 (Tour) RAHS/HHA members only $35



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