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Jorn Utzon

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Though Danish architect Jorn Utzon contributed a number of buildings to the modern canon, one remains the pinnacle of his career and easily the most recognizable building in the southern hemisphere: the 1973 Sydney Opera House. It’s sail-like shells were feats of engineering that thrust the now-colossally important engineering Danish firm Arup into the limelight, and its enviable position in Sydney Harbor makes it at once an icon building and a gesture of welcome to Australia’s first city. Delays, budget fights and a myriad of squabbles led Utzon to quit the project in 1966; he never saw his building completed nor did he ever return to Australia. His other buildings include the 1982 Kuwait National Assembly, but its for the Sydney Opera House that he’ll always be remembered.

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