Danish Architecture centre (DCA) celebrates the 100th birthday of one of Denmark’s most acclaimed architects with ‘Jørn Utzon – Horizon’, opening in the Golden Gallery of the new Blox building on 7 November. Utzon (1918-2008) is best known for his design of the Sydney Opera House, which opened in 1973 and remains an architectural icon.

Jørn Utzon was greatly inspired by foreign cultures and his travels through Arab countries, North Africa, and Asia; the shell-shaped design of the Sydney Opera House was influenced by Chinese temples, with an illusion of free floating roofs. The design was called ‘daring’ and ‘groundbreaking’, and was the first modern building to become a Unesco World Heritage site. Horizont will present an up close look at Utzon’s work through video, sound, images, and original sketches and prototypes.

Horizont joins an exhibition already in progress at DAC – Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design. Arup (1895-1988) was an engineer who worked with Utzon on the Sydney Opera House, a project that revolutionised engineering with the first-ever use of a computer to calculate the construction. This joint undertaking by Utzon and Arup is considered one of the most important projects of architecture and engineering in modern history.

The Utzon and Arup exhibitions come together to create Designed By Danes, highlighting the achievements of these renowned figures in Danish design. ‘Their achievements together changed the art of architecture and engineering fundamentally and we owe it to the public to share their groundbreaking thinking and creative work methods. What could be more obvious than bringing them together here in Copenhagen, as both are Danish?” says Kent Martinussen, CEO of Danish Architecture Center,

Jørn Utzon – Horizont opens 7 November, 2018 and runs until 3 March, 2019. Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design continues until 17 February, 2019. Entry for adults is 110 DKK (€14.75), students 85 DKK (€11.40), and children under 18 years are free.


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