The Sydney Opera House has reopened its largest performance space, the Concert Hall. Since the venue closed for renovations in February 2020, the space has undergone extensive renovations to improve the acoustic performance, enhance access for people with mobility needs, and upgrade the staging systems. The renovation process respects the original interiors, while better equipping the hall to present a wide range of performances. This is the largest and final project in the Opera House’s Decade of Renewal, a 10-year program of renovation works totaling almost $300 million to upgrade the World Heritage-listed monument ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2023.
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Sydney Opera House Reopens the Newly Renovated Concert Hall
Sydney Opera House to Undergo $202 Million Renovation
The Sydney Opera House has revealed designs for a $202 million renovation project, the largest upgrade program to the Jørn Utzon-designed building since it opened in 1973. Announced by New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, the project’s main goal is to “improve access and ensure it meets the needs and expectations of audiences, artists and the 8.2 million people who visit each year.”
ARM Architecture Honored with Australia's Architecture Gold Medal
The Australian Institute of Architects have awarded their highest honor, the Gold Medal, to the founders of ARM Architecture during the 2016 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards. Based out of Melbourne and Perth, ARM is widely known for their “contemporary, often daring, sometimes controversial designs.”
Established in 1988 by directors Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt, and Ian McDougall, the large scale practice has had a significant impact on design throughout Australia. They've designed a range of projects including cultural buildings, urban design and planning, office buildings, apartments, community projects, and shopping centers.
Venice Biennale 2014: Australia to Showcase 11 Unbuilt Projects
Australia’s creative team for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, felix._Giles_Anderson+Goad, has announced 11 unrealized projects that will be showcased as part of the Augmented Australia 1914-2014 exhibition. Ranging from an inner-city cathedral to a treetop activist shelter, the country-wide selection of projects will be brought to life using three-dimensional augmented models, images, voice overs and animations.