The original competition drawings of the Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon

Perspective from staircase between the two halls looking towards the north.

The original competition drawings of the Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon | 1957

It stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind.”  Expert evaluation report to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, 2007

These are the original competition drawings for which the assessors of the Committee awarded Jørn Utzon first prize of £5,000 on 29 January 1957. As a result Mr Utzon was commissioned by the Government of New South Wales to do final drawings for the Opera House, and to supervise its construction.

Plan including report

This series consists of the original competition drawings submitted by Jørn Utzon as part of the ‘International Competition for a National Opera House at Bennelong Point’.

Ground floor plan

It is these drawings which assessors of the Opera House Committee awarded Jørn Utzon first prize of £5,000 on 29 January 1957.

Third floor, main floor plan

As a result, Mr. Utzon was commissioned by the Government of New South Wales to do final drawings for the Opera House and to supervise its construction.

West elevation
South elevation

The 12 competition drawings submitted by Utzon show site plans; floor plans; north south east and west elevations and sectional plans of the proposed building.

East elevation
North elevation

 Also included are acoustic sections of the large and small halls.

Section
Cross section in large hall showing overhead doors open and closed
Exterior elevation details

The conditions and programme of the competition are set out in “An International Competition for a National Opera House at Bennelong Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia” (NRS 12702).


Source drawings: gallery.records.nsw.gov.au