in Australia, Vol 11, no-3, Jan/Mar 1974. A special issue on the
architecture and art collection of the Sydney Opera House including John
Coburn Curtain of the Sun and Curtain of the Moon, Loudon Sainthill costume
and set designs, Donald Friend Bennelong series.
The Opera House [letter to the editor]. Quadrant May/Jun 1968:65-67.
The Utzonites and me. Quadrant, Sep/Oct 1967: 5-10
Chiu Chen-Yu, Peter Myers and
Philip Goad. Chinese Colours and the Sydney Opera House (1956–1966): Jørn
Utzon’s Reinterpretation of Traditional Chinese Architecture in
Journal of Design History, 11 December 2013. Abstract: Throughout
his life, Danish architect Jørn Utzon (1918–2008) was obsessed with
traditional Chinese architecture, which played a crucial role in his colour
schemes for the Sydney Opera House (1956–1966). However, current scholarship
has not yet provided a detailed and rigorous discussion of Utzon’s
deliberate analogies with Chinese colours. This article seeks to clarify
Utzon’s artistic debt to China, by closely examining his colour proposals
for the Sydney Opera House. Utzon’s Opera House colours represent a unique
matrix of cultural dissemination and transformation between China,
Scandinavia and Australia; a subtle manifestation of cross-cultural
influence and mastery of design within the history of modern architecture.
This article contributes to the potentially rich historiography on the
relationship between Utzon’s designs for the Sydney Opera House and his own
growing understanding of traditional Chinese architecture. We contend that
traditional Chinese architecture functioned as an impetus to confirm Utzon’s
unique design convictions. The scope of this article is to understand
Utzon’s Sydney Opera House as a significant example of cross-cultural
dissemination and transformation between China, Scandinavia and Australia
within the history of modern architecture. Link:
Sydney Opera House: background information, being responses to questions put
forward for an Architecture and Art Cultural Heritage Sites project directed
at school children in the USA as part fo Multicultural Print Series by the
Getty Education Institute for the Arts, July 1997.
Duek-Cohen, Elias. Utzon’s
opera house: the unfulfilled dream: unpublished article intended as submission
to Bob Carr and Peter Collins, March 1996.
Filmer, Andrew. The Sydney Opera House:
design, history and theatrical haunting. In Patronage, spectacle, and the
stage, edited by Irene Eynat-Confino and Eva Sormova. Prague: Theatre
Institute, 2006 (pages132-141).
Flyvbjerg, Bent. Design by deception:
the politics of megaproject approval. Harvard Design Magazine, Spring/Summer
2005 (pages 50-59). Compares approvals and cost estimates for the Sydney Opera
House with the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, among other projects, to argue that
large projects best succeed in designing a fantasy world of underestimated
costs, overestimated revenues, overvalued local development effects and
underestimated environmental impacts.
Utzon still unhappy about the Opera House. The Bulletin, 8 August 1978:39-40.
The Opera house’s forgotten few. The Bulletin, 1 Sep 1973:42-43..
Hubble, Ava. An interview with the
architect of the Sydney Opera House, Jørn Utzon. Sydney Opera House monthly
diary magazine June 1978:1-7. Includes reference to Utzon museum.
Myers, Peter. Une histoire inachevée.
[with translation]. L’Architecture d’Aujourf’hui no 285, 1992
Radical v. conservative architecture: the ruin of Utzon’s audacious vision.
Meanjin Quarterly no 3, 1967:339-357,
Utzon. Includes photographs of Kuwait National Parliament, Bagsvaerd Church
and other Utzon projects. Monument No 11
The continuing story of the Opera House affair. Quadrant, Nov/Dec 1967:65-77
Opera House, outrage and objectivity. Quadrant, Jul/Aug 1967:5-16.
Power, John, The
Opera House. [letter to the editor]. Quadrant Jul/Aug 1968:95-96.
A celebration of the life and work of Ove Arup. RSA Journal June 1989: 425-437.
Sten-Møller, Henrik. Can Lis: Jørn
Utzon’s own house – a house built of sea, sky, light and spirit. and of
course, stone. Living Architecture no 8:146-167.
Sten-Møller, Henrik. Jørn Utzon on
architecture: a conversation with Henrik Sten-Møller. Living Architecture no
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Sydney revisited. The Arup Journal, vol 23 no 1 Spring 1988:2-11