9788791607110: Jørn Utzon: The Architect's Universe

Jørn Utzon is a Danish architect, yet he has become indelibly identified with Sydney, Australia, because of his landmark design for the Sydney Opera House. This catalogue for the first major retrospective of his work shows the scope of a career that has stretched almost 50 years, from his own Hellebaek house (1952) to Can Feliz on Majorca (1994). The essence of Utzon's architecture is a fusion of form and structure--or to put it differently, the structure is the architecture. The sources of his inspiration come mainly from nature and from the visual universes of other cultures like that of the Mayas, which in Utzon's reworking are transformed into an integrated formal idiom that privileges harmony between detail and totality. An interview and numerous essays illuminate the career of the international master, awarded the Pritzker Prize for 2003.

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J0rn Utzon was born in 1918 and spent his childhood in Aalborg, Denmark. He studied architecture at The Royal Academy in Copenhagen, graduating in 1942. He designed his own house in Hellebaek in the early 50s, and in 1957 he won the international competition for the Sydney Opera House in Australia, which was not completed until 1973, six years after Utzon had withdrawn from the project. In addition, his best-known buildings include a Lutheran church in Bagsvaerd, Denmark, and the Kuwait National Assembly. He was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2003.

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