Sydney Opera House, the most iconic building of the 20th century, has been partly refurbished by its original architect and engineer, Jörn Utzon and Arup.
A full 31 years after the building opened and 38 years after Utzon resigned in disgust, the reception hall has been restored to Utzon’s original design. Its highlight is a 14 m long brightly coloured tapestry conceived by the 86-year-old Danish architect and supervised by his daughter, Lin. As part of a £27m five-year project, a colonnade is being created and windows inserted to offer views over the harbour. The minor opera theatre will also be refurbished to improve its acoustics. Johnson Pilton Walker is the executive architect.