Models: Beginnings

Sydney Opera House

Testing ideas in spatial terms was a crucial aspect of architect Jørn Utzon's approach and resulted in a beautiful legacy of objectified plans and ideas.

Model making and visualising forms and ideas that would become real spaces was a fundamental – and frequently beautiful – part of the creation of the Sydney Opera House.

Between 1958 and 1964 in particular, the ideas, studies and schemes that found temporary physical form in a model or fragment made from paper, cardboard, wood and plastic, comprise a fantastic photographic record.

Many of the models created during this time were lost or destroyed for want of space, but some have survived, including the remarkable cross-sectional model produced by Finecraft Scale Models in Sydney and which can be seen in the exhibit "Models: coda".

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Created by Sam Doust and the
Sydney Opera House GCI Team


State Library of New South Wales

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