Shapes of the Sydney Opera House

The geometry of the buildings shells fits into a circular shape.

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the Sydney Opera House opened in October 1973 after his design of the building from 1957, won of an international design competition.

Initial sketches by  architect   Jørn Utzon

Initial sketches by architect Jørn Utzon


It hosts over 1,500 performances each year attended by over 1.2 million people. The venues produce and present a wide range of in-house productions and accommodate numerous performing arts companies. As one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, more than seven million people visit each year.

When I visited the incredible building today, I fell in love with the shape and aesthetic of the structure. Having seen it many times in photos, online and on TV, experiencing the building in person was incredible. It’s unique shape and ‘shells’ mean it looks very different from varied angles and viewpoints. I took this collection of photos to show the shape of the building from different perspectives. With little colour, I wanted to focus on the contours and form of the Sydney Opera House.