A big â€œHappy 40th Birthdayâ€ goes out to the Sydney Opera House this year, which is still looking good in its middle age. Completed by Danish architect and Pritzker Prizeâ€“winner,Â JÃ¸rn Utzon, in 1973, the iconic performing arts center is now an internationally renowned late modernist architectural marvel. Originally, when Utzon entered the 1956 New South Wales Government sponsored competition to envision two performance halls on the Sydney Harbor, his design was discarded. However, his â€œentry created great community interestâ€ and the jury was persuaded to choose him as the sole architect in the ambitious project.
Utzon received the Pritzker Prize in 2003 and the building made the World Heritage List in 2007. The architect died one year later in Copenhagen but his vision lives on. Against a Sydney Harbor backdrop, the Sydney Opera House has become a graceful, yet dynamic symbol of Australia.
Just weeks from completion,Â aÂ shiny new auditorium by L.A.’s Hodgetts + Fung looks to put the little town of Menlo Park, CAÂ on theÂ architecture map.Â The $28 million projectÂ isÂ at aÂ public institution of learning–Menlo-Atherton High–and the 500-seat venue was designed with top-notch acoustics and a stage that can accommodate aÂ full symphony orchestra, in the hopes ofÂ also hosting performances by professionalÂ touringÂ groups. Painted in Kynar metallic paint (copper was too expensive), the exterior gleams. But the real treat is inside:Â the acousticalÂ scrim around the stage is laser-cut with a patternÂ based on theÂ historic oaks outside.Â Read More