The city of Sydney was built in a natural bay called Port Jackson. Port Jackson includes Sydney Harbor and Sydney Cove. On the southern edge of Sydney Cove is a jut of land called Bennelong Point. In the mid-
Architects from around the world were invited to submit plans for the new opera house. The contest announcement included a twenty-
A group of buildings would sit on top of the podium. The podium would house all the workings of the performance center. This included dressing rooms, rehearsal rooms, and storage. One of the two largest buildings would contain a combined opera house and concert hall. The other would be a separate theater for plays. The roofs of the buildings were designed as a series of very large shapes. These curved structures would be covered in white tiles to resemble the sails of a ship. The roofs would show Sydney’s connection to the sea. An engineering firm, Ove Arup and Partners, was hired to translate Utzon’s design into a building plan.