For today’s post I wanted to highlight some recent imagery that I took of the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Many tourists go for the selfie in front of this building, but I was more concerned in considering the architecture and capturing a few of the buildings details. I only had a few days in Sydney to explore so I had to make the most of the time, so even though there was bad overcast cloud and spots of rain I tried my best to photograph some interesting angles of this building.

One thing that struck me when I saw this building was that the angle that is most photographed makes this building look like one building connected, but it’s actually more like three buildings in a row. Similar to three shell-like helmets. Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, there were all sorts of problems when constructing this building, but I was most captivated with the outer shell ribs that make the roof and the glazes ceramic tiles that cover it. Although they appear white from a distance they are actually a chevron pattern composed of over 1 million tiles in two colours, white and matte cream which reflects the light in a unique way. You can only really see this up-close with your own eyes.

I have mixed feelings about one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. I really marvel at the ambitiousness of the project and the architects that designed this, but since the completion costs came in at $102 million it puts a little bit of a new twist on to it. What do you guys think? See you in the comments. 😉








More from my Travels in Japan:

Exploring Melbourne - A Visit to the Tapestry Workshop
Abstract Rocks in Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria, Australia
Exploring Los Angeles - A Visit to the Neutra VDL Research House
Exploring Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria, Australia
Exploring Los Angeles - A Visit to the Getty Centre and Museum
Exploring Los Angeles - A Visit to the Stahl House by Pierre Koenig

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