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This is a trip I’d very much like to take. It’s a real sight! And how do they do those awesome projections????  If you have been there, PLEASE, let me know about your experiences.

For my blog search this week, I was poking around the internet and found an interesting anniversary date today – 50 years ago today the Sydney Opera House was officially opened. I think it’s cool how the structure remains an icon today – (I love seeing it on New Year’s Eve coverage of celebrations around the world). For me, our world headquarters here at KHT has sort of an “icon” feel, sitting along Lake Erie, painted in our brand colors and highlighted with red awnings. I found out that Danish architect Jørn Utzon designed the Sydney Opera House – his design was selected as the winning entry in an international design competition and was inspired by nature, particularly the segments of an orange. It’s such an amazing structure from all angles. This is a place that Jackie and I will someday hopefully have a chance to visit and see it in person. Enjoy the info and be sure to click on the link to see some of the cool architectural designs going on today.  Thanks to Google, Wikipedia and for the info.  Enjoy!

  1. The Sydney Opera House stands as an iconic symbol not just of Sydney or Australia but of architectural innovation and cultural significance on a global scale. This remarkable structure has a rich history, riddled with challenges and triumphs, which have shaped it into the marvel it is today.
  2. The Sydney Opera House is not just a single venue but a complex comprising multiple performance spaces. It houses venues such as the Concert Hall, Opera Theatre, Drama Theatre, and the Joan Sutherland Theatre, each catering to different types of performances.
  3. The idea for the Sydney Opera House was conceived in the 1940s when a competition was held to design a new opera house for Sydney. Jørn Utzon, a Danish architect, submitted the winning design in 1957, characterized by its striking white shell-like structures. Utzon’s design was revolutionary, blending modernist and expressionist architectural elements, and it was praised for its artistic and engineering prowess.
  4. The iconic shell-like structures are composed of over one million individual tiles, which were imported from Sweden and affixed to the concrete shells. The intricate design was the result of years of experimentation and innovation.
  5. Construction of the Opera House began in 1959, but it soon became apparent that Utzon’s innovative design posed significant engineering challenges. The unique shell-like structures were incredibly complex to build, and technology at the time was not advanced enough to meet the demands of the project, leading to numerous delays and cost overruns.  In 1966, Utzon left the project due to escalating conflicts with the government and construction issues. Despite his departure, his vision continued to guide the project to completion.
  6. The Sydney Opera House was officially opened on October 20, 1973, by Queen Elizabeth II, with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 Here’s 4th movement –  This momentous occasion marked not only the completion of an architectural marvel but also the beginning of the Opera House’s role as a cultural epicenter.
  7. The Opera House quickly became a symbol of Australia’s cultural identity, showcasing a wide range of performances, including opera, ballet, theater, and concerts. Its distinctive sail-like roofline has made it one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, drawing millions of visitors each year.
  8. In 2007, the Sydney Opera House was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognizing its outstanding architectural and cultural significance. It is one of the youngest World Heritage Sites, joining the ranks of iconic landmarks like the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Egypt.
  9. Over the years, the Opera House has undergone several renovations and refurbishments to ensure its continued use and structural integrity. These efforts have preserved Utzon’s original design while incorporating modern technologies and amenities.
  10. The Sydney Opera House has hosted countless iconic moments in its history. It was the backdrop for the 2000 Summer Olympics, where its sails were illuminated with colorful designs. The building has also seen performances by legendary artists like Luciano Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra, and U2.
  11. The Sydney Opera House is not just a building; it’s a testament to human creativity, innovation, and determination. From its challenging conception to its iconic status today, it represents the best of human achievement in the realms of art and architecture. As it continues to host world-class performances and inspire future generations, the Sydney Opera House stands as a beacon of culture and ingenuity, forever etched into the annals of history.

Some top architecture today – it’s awesome – take time to explore


Me, too.

As you may know the Kowalski Heat Treating logo finds its way
into the visuals of my Friday posts.
I.  Love.  My.  Logo.
One week there could be three logos.
The next week there could be 15 logos.
And sometimes the logo is very small or just a partial logo showing.
But there are always logos in some of the pictures.
So, I challenge you, my beloved readers, to count them and send me a
quick email with the total number of logos in the Friday post.
On the following Tuesday I’ll pick a winner from the correct answers
and send that lucky person some great KHT swag.
So, start counting and good luck!  
Oh, and the logos at the very top header don’t count.
Got it? Good.  :-))))
Have fun!!