The Saga of the Sydney Opera House: The Dramatic Story of the Design and Construction of the Icon of Modern Australia

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IMPORTANT DATES

1957

Jan 29

Mar 21

July 29

Competition result announced. Cost estimate A£3.5million (A$7million).

Utzon agrees to work with Ove Arup.

Utzon in Sydney for the first time.

1958

Mar 26

Mar 31

Utzon in Sydney with the Red Book. Cost estimate A£4,812,000 (A$9,624,000).

Premier Cahill insists work is started in February 1959.

Project divided into three phases: Stage 1-platform, Stage 2-roof shells, tiling, Stage 3-walls and interiors.

1961

Sept 20

Oct

Estimate: A£9,300,000 (A$18,600,000).

Utzon decides to base the geometry of the shells on that of a sphere.

1962

Jan

Apr

Dec 26

Yellow Book submitted.

Estimated cost: A£13,750,000 (A$27,500,000).

Boxing Day meeting with Arups at Heathrow, before Utzon and family leave on journey to Australia.

1963

Mar 4

Mar 25

Apr 5

Sept

Monday: Utzon flies in to Sydney

Hornibrook commence work on Stage 2.

Arup Engineer Michael Lewis arrives in Sydney on crutches after a bus accident at Tel Aviv.

Estimated cost A£14,799,529 (A$29,599,058).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Dramatis Personae ix
  • Important Dates xii
  • Introduction xv
  • Chapter 1 - A Magnificent Doodle 1
  • Chapter 2 - Collaboration and Creativity 23
  • Chapter 3 - The Move to Sydney 39
  • Chapter 4 - A Quart into a Pint Pot 52
  • Chapter 5 - The Turn of the Screw 72
  • Chapter 6 - 'You Have Forced Me to Leave' 92
  • Chapter 7 - The Aftermath 115
  • Chapter 8 - Ars Longa, Vita Brevis 136
  • Bibliography 157
  • Index 160
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