The Entry & Foyers project will transform the way the outside of the Opera House connects with the inside.
Jørn Utzon described the journey across the Opera House Forecourt and up the Monumental Steps as one of moving 'from the ordinary to the extraordinary'.
The newly paved and vehicle-free Forecourt, enabled by the loading dock that opened in 2015 and redirected 1000 heavy-vehicle movements a week underground, has helped realise this vision.
The Entry & Foyers project will continue the experience all the way under the Monumental Steps, turning the 3000 square-metre area that has become the Opera House's second front door into a vibrant, welcoming, car-free entrance and meeting place.
Utzon imagined this space as another foyer, where 'the soffit of the podium', would 'form the first impression of the building,' defined by the 'marked sculptural effect' of the beams.