Description The Sydney Opera House located on Sydney Harbor is Sydneys best-known landmark. Its unique use of a series of gleaming white sail-shaped shells as its roof structure makes it one of the most photographed buildings in the world. It is a multipurpose performing arts facility whose largest venue, the 2,679-seat Concert Hall, is host to symphony concerts, choir performances, and popular music shows. It has precast concrete ribs shell roofs and has more than 1 million roof tiles on the shell skin. The construction was expected to take four years. It took 14 years. The original cost estimate to build the Sydney Opera House was $7 million. The final cost was $102 million and it was largely paid for by a State Lottery.In 1956 the state government sponsored an international competition for a design that was to include a building with two hallsone primarily for concerts and other large musical and dance productions and the other for dramatic presentations and smaller musical events. Architects from some 30 countries submitted 233 entries. Danish architect Jorn Utzon won with a dramatic design showing a complex of two main halls side by side facing out to the harbor on a large podium. Each hall was topped with a row of sail-shaped interlocking panels. Construction began in 1959, posed a variety of problems, many resulting from the innovative nature of the design. The opening of the Opera House was originally planned for Australia Day (January 26) in 1963, but cost overruns and structural engineering difficulties in executing the design troubled the course of the work, which faced many delays. The project grew controversial, and public opinion turned against it for a time. Amid continuing disagreements with the government authorities overseeing the project, Utzon resigned in 1966. Construction continued until September 1973 under the supervision of the structural engineering firm Ove Arup and Partners and three Sydney architectsPeter Hall, David Littlemore, and Lionel Todd
Lisa Lu, State of Washington Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Lisa first started painting with color pencils at the age of 10, and she has always loved to paint ever since; it allows her to express feelings with a peaceful mind. Self-taught and self-developed in watercolor and ink painting, each of Lisa's painting is a journey to adventure. Lisa presently resides with her husband and their son in the State of Washington. She is a licensed architect, and currently works in an architecture firm, while continuing self study and painting on architecture and landscape subjects in watercolors.