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Sunday, 12 September 2010 17:47

 

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Born: April 9, 1918

Died: November 29, 2008

Nationality: Danish

Masterpiece: Sydney Opera House

Website: www.utzoncenter.dk

“I like to be on the edge of the possible” – Jorn Utzon

Biography

Jorn Utzon was born in 1918 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and later in Frank Lloyd Wright’s school in Arizona. In 1950 he started his own office and 7 years later won the competition to design the Sydney Opera House.

“J?rn Utzon created one of the great iconic buildings of the twentieth century, an image of great beauty known throughout the world. In addition to this masterpiece, he has worked throughout his life fastidiously, brilliantly, quietly and with never a false or jarring note. He is therefore a most distinguished recipient of the Pritzker Prize.” – Lord Rotschild

In 2003 Utzon was made an honorary Companion of the Order of Australia and given the keys to the City of Sydney. The same year he received the Pritzker Prize – architecture’s highest honour.

On 28 June 2007, the Sydney Opera House was declared a World Heritage Site and the Danish became the first person to have their work recognized as a World Heritage Site.

Jorn Utzon died in Copenhagen on 29 November 2008, at the age of 90, of a heart attack.

Notable Work

1956-1973 Sydney Opera House

1956-58 Kingo Housing Estate

1972-1984 National Assembley of Kuwait

1973-76 Bagsvaerd Church

2001 Skagen Nature Center

 

Information is used from: www.latimes.com

 

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