Utzon Speaks Part 3: Structural Issues

 

          

For the first time since the early 1970’s, Sydney Opera House architect, Jorn Utzon, appears in an extensive filmed interview, speaking about the creation of one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Filmed at Hellebaek Denmark at Utzon’s home, The Edge of the Possible is a gentle portrait of a man and his enduring work.

ArchiTel has secured the rights to previously unseen extracts from the interview, courtesy of the film’s producers Film Art Media, which have never before been broadcast. In this clip, the third in a monthly series, Utzon talks about overcoming the structural problems associated with his radical design concept, and the role of his consultant engineers and the use of large scale models in resolving the difficulties of affixing tiles to the curved shell structure.

In later clips, Utzon reveals aspects of his design motivation, design concepts and the battle with the NSW government over the troubled project in these telling scenes. A tribute to Utzon’s work on the Sydney Opera House can be found HERE.

Over the next few months ArchiTel will present some segments as featured Episodes, so please check back regularly for new installments.

    DVDs of the Special Edition finished film, The Edge of the Possible, are available for purchase from Film Art Media.