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How the Sydney Opera House Was Built
The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia

The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia

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The saga of the Opera House actually began in 1957, when, at the age of 38, Jørn Utzon was still a relatively unknown architect with a practice in Denmark near where Shakespeare had located Hamlet's castle.

He was living in a small seaside town with his wife and three children - one son, Kim, born that year; another son Jan, born in 1944, and a daughter, Lin, born in 1946. All three would follow in their father's footsteps and become architects.

Their home was a house in Hellebæk that he had built just five years before, one of the few designs that he had actually realized since opening his studio in 1945.

How did a Danish architect's idea become an Australian reality? >>

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