Joern Utzon, Sydney Opera House & Tourist Draws

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Sydney Opera House is iconic yet it has only been abou 35 years since it was opened. Rarely can a building be recognisable around the world after only a short space of time.
It was largely due to one man, the architect Joern Utzon who has just died. It is not how he wanted. The inside is nowhere near as striking as the outside but cost overuns dictated change. Some of his design needed engineering skills to turn it into reality but the Opera House along the harbour bridge typify Sydney and you only neeed to put those on a tourist brochure and everyone knows where yiu are.
Tourist officers around the world must be jealous. To have such a building, a magnet for tourists is what they look for in trying to ecourage you and me to visit. And there aren’t too many around the world. The Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty, the Gulbenkian Museum in Balboa are some.
In the last twenty years or so, architects have been able to create buildings which may join these in the future so the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh and the Gherkin in London may join them. Certainly they attract tourists and maybe others with the gifts of Utzen will give us building tourists are happy to visit rather than some of the square blocks we see

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