Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, cream coloured sails floating on a point surrounded by blue water. When I lived in Sydney I took the bus across the Harbour Bridge most days to work (I know, it’s tough, right?), yet I never failed to appreciate the beauty of the building, or my good fortune in being able to see it whenever I chose.
Unbelievably, Bennelong Point, on which the Opera House stands, was once a tram depot. Yes, one of the most prominent points on one of the most beautiful Harbours in the world was deemed as being the best spot in the city for trams to terminate. I suppose the proximity to the commuter ferries made it a sensible choice, but you do wonder whether the people who made such decisions had eyes.
The Opera House was opened in 1973, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While I do have other photos of the Opera House from the water and nearby Circular Quay, I chose to share these ones instead. Taken up close from the landward side, they reveal different angles, the intricacy of the tiles that cover the eggshell curves, and the fact that there are several different buildings that make up the whole.
Even though it was a cloudy day when we were last there, I think you can still appreciate the genius of Utzon’s design – it is utterly timeless.
Thanks for coming on another Wednesday Wander with me – see you next time 🙂