Happy Birthday Jørn Utzon

Jørn Utzon in front of the Opera House during construction, 1965. Image Courtesy of Keystone/Getty Images

Pritzker Prize winning architect Jørn Utzon, who died in 2008 aged 90, was the relatively unknown Dane who, on the 29th January 1957, was announced as the winner of the ‘International competition for a national opera house at Bennelong Point, Sydney’. When speaking about this iconic building, Louis Kahn stated that:

The sun did not know how beautiful its light was, until it was reflected off this building.

Unfortunately, Utzon never saw the Sydney Opera House, his most popular work, completed. Learn of his fascinating story, after the break.

In Progress: Novo Nordisk Corporate Centre / Henning Larsen Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: Bagsværd,
Lanscape Architect: SLA
Engineer: Alectia
Area: 50,200 sqm
Year: 2013
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AD Classics: Bagsværd Church / Jørn Utzon

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The Church by was completed in 1976. Though not his most famous work, the church is an example of the architect’s inventive work at a different scale. Utzon designed the church with an unassuming exterior that merely hints at the stirring forms he created inside.