"To me it is a great joy to know how much the building is loved, by Australians in general and by Sydneysiders in particular." Jørn Utzon, 2003
Sydney Opera House recently received World Heritage recognition. It is one of the architectural wonders of the world, perhaps the best known building of the 20th century with its design and construction involving countless innovative design ideas and construction techniques.
The cultural, heritage and architectural importance of Sydney Opera House is protected by its inclusion in 2007 on the World Heritage List and in 2003, on the State Heritage Register, exactly 30 years after its official opening.
In 1999, original architect Jørn Utzon was re-engaged to develop a set of Design Principlesto act as a guide for all future changes to the building.
These principles reflected his vision for the building to guide the House to continue to develop and extend its activities while maintaining its architectural integrity.
In 2001, the NSW Government provided $69.3million for several projects to improve the facilities and environment for performing arts companies, patrons and visitors. These projects seek to redress some of the practical limitations affecting the day-to-day workings of Sydney Opera House while preserving its unique heritage.
Jørn Utzon was the architect for these projects. This is believed to be an unprecedented situation - to have the architect of one of the world's most iconic buildings work on his creation more than 30 years after he was last involved. He was being assisted by his Denmark-based architect son, Jan, and leading Australian architect, Richard Johnson of Johnson Pilton Walker who continue the work today.
"As time passes and needs change, it is natural to modify the building to suit the needs and technique of the day." Jørn Utzon, 2000
The Guardian (UK) featured Sydney Opera House in Great Modern Buildings. Watch the video.