In 1956 Danish architect, Jørn Utzon’s inspirational design of the Sydney Opera house was selected out of the 233 entries. What is now been described as….”one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind” has had its share of challenges. What was projected to take 4 years and cost $7 million eventually took 14 years at an exorbitant cost of $ 102 million. Without a doubt the biggest hurdle was the intricate roof design, that which defined the structure was proving to be an engineering nightmare.
Then after 4 years, supposedly whilst cutting through a grapefruit, an epiphany… repetitive simplicity was the solution…. and thankfully so, or we would have never had the privilege of enjoying this architectural work of genius.