If you could recreate the Opera House, what would it look like? Each year, this question is asked to five young almost architects, engineers and designers as part of MADE by the Opera House, or ‘Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange’ - a program offered to students in Australia and Denmark that celebrates the connection between heritage and future renewal.
In 1957, Jørn Utzon’s mesmerizing design won the world wide competition to be built as the national opera house at Bennelong Point. From the complex textures and slick structures to the delicate tile work on the sails, his masterpiece takes you on a journey. The young Utzon was a traveller, and many of his designs paid homage to the cultures and natural environments he was exposed to overseas. MADE provides students with the chance to explore new lands in search of artistic inspiration that they can use to create new innovative designs at the Opera House.
On the six week program, a cross-disciplinary team of students collaborate on a creative brief to propose a solution that enhances, enriches and enlivens the iconic Australian building, using Jørn Utzon's design principles. During the program, the students are hosted by a top architecture firm and learn from technical experts including Arup, Steensen Varming and the Sydney Opera House. They also undertake master classes by leading built environment professionals before presenting their innovative solutions.
By our 50th Anniversary in 2023, we hope to have an alumnus group of 100 students continuing the international and interdisciplinary links first forged by Jørn Utzon's masterpiece.
You can join us, applications for the 2021 intake close on Monday 10th August at 10am, here are some of the solutions past students have created: