Sunday, September 19, 2010
Australia - Sydney Opera House (1)
FLOODLIGHTS ON SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Sent by Danhong, a postcrosser from Sydney, Australia.
A major cultural centre for Sydney and its siting at Bennelong Point had been discussed since the 1940s. In 1956 the New South Wales Government called an open-ended international design competition and appointed an independent jury, rather than commissioning a local firm. The competition brief provided broad specifications to attract the best design talent in the world; it did not specify design parameters or set a cost limit. The main requirement of the competition brief was a design for a dual function building with two performance halls.