On October 20, 1973, the Sydney Opera House, designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, opened to the public and quickly became one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. The structure’s roof consists of a series of giant, arched, concrete “shells” that resemble the sails of a ship when seen from a distance. The building is one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world, playing host to more than 1,500 performances each year and visited by more than 7 million people annually. In 2007, the Sydney Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The opera house was designed to be beautiful when viewed from land, air, or water, reflecting the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Sydney’s port. Utzon looked at sea charts, photographs, and aerial photographs to make sure his design would integrate with the landscape and harbor.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry architect Noun
person who designs buildings or other large structures.
type of map with information useful to ocean or air navigators.
Encyclopedic Entry: chart concrete Noun
hard building material made from mixing cement with rock and water.
familiar or comfortable all over the world, or to people from all over the world.
part of a body of water deep enough for ships to dock.
Encyclopedic Entry: harbor integrate Verb
to combine, unite, or bring together.
the geographic features of a region.
Encyclopedic Entry: landscape port Noun
left side of a ship.
the top of a building.
the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
Encyclopedic Entry: UNESCO