The Sydney Opera House

One of the most iconic buildings in the world, the Sydney Opera House is a masterpiece of mid-20th century modern architecture. Despite its status as one of the best-known symbols of Australia, the Opera House was actually designed by a Danish architect, Jørn Utzon. In 1955, the director of the New South Wales (NSW) Conservatorium of Music and the NSW Premier launched a competition to design a new home for the arts in Sydney. 233 applicants from 32 countries submitted designs, but Utzon’s stood out as the clear winner.

(PS – what do you guys think of this layout? Would you prefer the traditional, paragraph-style posts from last month, or shorter, magazine-style posts like this one? Let me know in the comments!)