Sydney Architecture Walks.
Sydney Architecture Walks.
Both an in-depth and textured portrait of enigmatic Danish architect Jørn Utzon, as well as a narrative of perhaps the 20th Centuries greatest architectural project, SAW 2 - Utzon draws the listener into the amazing visionary world of the architect of the Sydney Opera House.
Discussing the sources of the young architect's inspiration, his methods and philosophy, we chart the development of Utzon's ideas and their realisation in the platform, concrete shells and ceramic skin of Sydney Opera House. You will discover the influence of towering 20thC figures like LeCorbusier, Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe and even Picasso on Utzon's ideas, his interest in Gaudi, as well as the ways in which his work was at once utterly contemporary yet drew many of its ideas from the work of the ancients.
Using discarded drawings and models, Utzon's design of the acoustic interiors, glass walls and furniture, much of it ready for construction before he left in '66, will be discussed and you can judge for yourself how much Sydney lost when he was forced to leave the building half-finished.
SAW 2 finishes with the current Opera House refurbishment, a decade-long collaboration between Utzon, his architect son Jan and Sydney architect Richard Johnson.
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Please arrive at the Museum of Sydney (foyer) 10 minutes prior to tour departure. There is an ok coffee shop and museum bookshop if you have time to kill.
Tickets are transferrable and cancellable up to 72 hours before the event.
Whatever happens in regards to weather - we will walk! Bring a sun hat, umbrella, camera, sketch book and so on.
If for some reason the tour does not go ahead, you will receive a full refund. In this instance we would notify you at least 90 minutes prior to the tour by text message so a mobile number is required.
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The city is our project.
On bike and on foot we explore ideas through architecture offering an interface between in-depth architectural knowledge and the wider design-conscious community.
Each route is driven by certain themes and threads and attempts to decode the city whilst proposing new ways of thinking about and seeing Sydney.
Our tours are aimed at you, the enthusiast. We don't assume you know anything about architecture, though we hope you are interested in the city's underside; in the ideas and patterns that generate.
We want you to get stung by architecture and begin to understand why buildings and cities are the way they are.
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