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Utzon 100: Next Generation

Jørn Utzon is one of the best-known architects in the world, with a legacy that has influenced countless others.

In this exclusive event to mark the centenary of Utzon’s birth, a panel of renowned Danish architects come together to discuss how Utzon has affected their own practices.

This event is part of the Sydney Opera House’s 45 year celebrations, enabled through the generous support of Michael and Manuela Darling.

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“Utzon made a building well ahead of its time…he persevered through extraordinarily malicious publicity and negative criticism to build a building that changed the image of an entire country." 

Frank Gehry  

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Consider Utzon’s legacy, with a panel of Danish architects.

He designed one of the world’s most recognisable buildings. Utzon’s work, approach to engineering, design and practice have influenced countless of architects around the world. As part of the celebrations around the centenary of Jørn Utzon’s birth, the Sydney Opera House is hosting an exclusive panel of Danish architects to discuss the influence that their famous compatriot has had on their own work.

How is Utzon regarded in his own country? How is his legacy being preserved, or challenged? Is there a discernable “Utzon style”? This event is a must see for everyone who loves architecture and design, and a unique opportunity to hear from some of Denmark’s most interesting architects in the iconic building which guaranteed Utzon’s enduring international reputation.

Presented by Sydney Opera House and the Utzon Center, Denmark.

Image: Jan Versnel

More about the panel...

Mette Tony and Mads Bjørn Hansen founded Praksis Architects in 2006. Praksis’ buildings are renowned for a sense of understanding and competence. They combine knowledge about classical architecture and crafts with a radical and artistically gifted idiom and sense of materiality. Through this, Praksis finds and shapes their own authentic, architectural style. They are part of a new generation of Danish architects, standing on the shoulders of Utzon.


Søren Johansen and Sebastian Skovsted are the co-founders of Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter. Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter develops projects from the first sketch to the completed construction. They work closely with building heritage as well as in protected natural environments and physical contexts that require delicate responses in both architecture and landscape. They seek to bridge the gap between contemporary building processes and materials, and basic architectural values through a synthesis of ideas, techniques and manufacturing methods. 


Prof Gerard Reinmuth is an academic, architect, designer and director of TERROIR, an Australian architectural practice with offices in Sydney, Hobart and Copenhagen. He is the Principal in charge of the Sydney and Copenhagen offices and has a key design role on all major projects in the Australian and Danish offices. TERRIOR is built upon a research culture that crosses both research by design and research into practice and the profession.

Mette Tony and Mads Bjørn Hansen
Søren Johansen and Sebastian Skovsted
Prof Gerard Reinmuth

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