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Sydney Opera House: Success or failure by Rf4Q0lEb


									               Sydney Opera House: Success or failure?

Point-of-view 1: Of course the Sydney Opera House is a disaster. Building
started in 1959 and by 1961 it was already 47 weeks behind schedule.
Disagreement with a new government meant that Utzon, its original designer, left
the project in 1966 due to a lack of payments and a lack of collaboration and he
later famously described the situation as "Malice in Blunderland". The designs
changed for the worse in terms of the cladding to the podium and the paving; the
construction of the glass walls; and the interior where Utzon's plywood corridor
designs, and his acoustic and seating designs for the interior of both halls, were
scrapped completely. What a laugh - the major hall which was originally to be a
multipurpose opera and concert hall, became solely a concert hall and the minor
hall, originally for stage productions only, had the added function of opera to deal
with and two more theatres were also added. This completely changed the layout
of the interiors. More importantly Utzon considered acoustics from the start of
design. These designs were subsequently modeled and found to be acoustically
perfect. As such the current internal organization is sub-optimal with users’
criticizing the acoustics. Surely a basic necessity you might think! The plastic
rings that hang from the ceiling in the concert hall are intended to improve
acoustics but sound is always a problem. Under Utzon's original design they
would have not been needed. The Opera House was formally completed in 1973,
at a cost of $102 million. The original cost estimate in 1957 was $7 million. The
original completion date set by the government was 1963. ‘On time: On budget’
what a joke! And it is not even to specification. What a disaster!

Point-of-view 2: The Sydney Opera House is one of the most distinctive and
famous modern buildings and an excellent setting for the performing arts. It is
one of the architectural wonders of the world, perhaps the best known building of
the 20th century with its design and construction involving countless innovative
design ideas and construction techniques. It is an iconic Australian image and a
major tourist attraction, yet is a superb venue with a Concert Hall, Opera Theatre,
Drama Theatre, Playhouse, and Studio Theatre. The basic design that was
accepted in 1955 of Jørn Utzon, was fantastic, and the changes made have not
detracted from this excellence. It was a wonderful logo and emblem for the
Sydney 2000 Olympics. Surely nobody but the coldest hearts can deny that the
Sydney Opera House is a most magnificent success.

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