Issued Friday, 5 March 2004
Work on the new loggia, or colonnade, will commence in mid-2004, opening the Western Venue Foyers (The Playhouse, Drama Theatre and The Studio) to the Western Boardwalk and harbour, with large windows and doorways creating a light, open and bright environment.
I am really delighted that we have been asked…to work on a better situation at the western side of the Opera House…The colonnade in front of the western façade will attract people in daytime and will be a marvellous entrance for the spectators in the evening. Jørn Utzon 2004
Nine new openings will be created – six windows and three extra door entrances with almost 50% of the foyer façade becoming glass.
The loggia will be more than 45m in length and 5m wide, extending along the façade of the western venues foyer from the Playhouse to the Drama Theatre. It will create space for cafes and functions, enlivening the Boardwalk and encouraging visitors to experience more of the stunning harbour setting.
The new Western Loggia, designed by Jørn Utzon, fulfils his vision for the harbour as a focal point for all Sydney Opera House’s five venues.
Work on the Loggia will take approximately 12 months. Refurbishing the interiors of the Western Venues Foyers will be a separate project which will include unifying the foyers into one space, centralising the box office/cloakrooms and bar services, and the creating an accessible lift (lower concourse-western foyers-box office foyer).
And we have now, by working with some architecture elements, been able to make that part very interesting which means that the colonnades in front of the western façade will attract people in daytime and will be a marvellous entrance for the spectators in the evening.
…. combined with a complete new foyer which has a strong architectural quality… it has a quality which matches the quality of the other foyers and the Opera House architecture but is very, very different. Jørn Utzon 2004