In 1956 the State of New South Wales ran an international competition for a National Opera House at Bennelong Point, Sydney. This attracted more than 220 entries from 32 countries. Jørn Utzon a young Danish architect won the competition and was hailed by the architectural critic Sigfried Giedion as opening a new chapter in contemporary architecture.
Completed in 1973 the Opera House is an architectural masterpiece and was included in the National Heritage List in 2005.
In 2007 the building was inscribed on the World Heritage List: “Sydney Opera House is a great architectural work of the 20th century. It represents multiple strands of creativity, both in architectural form and structural design, a great urban sculpture carefully set in a remarkable waterscape and a world famous iconic building.” UNESCO
Hidden within the model's sweeping exterior is a clever framework that captures the unique geometry of each "sail." The wood finish echoes the individual tiles that make up the surface of the Opera House. Finely molded acrylic pieces replicate the window walls at the ends of each "sail." This our largest and most complex model. It requires patience which is richly rewarded by a scale replica that truly captures the excitement and beauty of the world-renowned Sydney Opera House. This work of art will be a great addition to your home.
There are three options when choosing this or any of our other finely detailed models. You can purchase the kit and build it yourself, taking pride in your workmanship. Or, you may wish to purchase the kit and the Acrylic Display Case, so your build-yourself model will always remain in pristine condition. Finally, you can purchase a professionally built (Finished) kit. Professionally built models are signed by the artist and include a display case.
Materials: Birch, MDF and acrylic
Model Scale 1:500 – Approx. 8.2" x 11.4" x 3.7"
Our kits come complete with all required parts. You’ll need to provide a good quality wood glue (white glue). You will also need a knife to remove individual parts from their sheets. Finally, you'll want a flat work surface to construct the model. This is not a toy.
This model was created by Marcus Bree who lives with his family in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Here Marcus talks about how this model came about. "The Opera House has been finished for more than 40 years and in that time, to the best of my knowledge, no one has produce a souvenir that does the building justice. Having recently developed a model of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum it was suggested to me that I should create a model of the Opera House."
"I'd been to Sydney and like most tourists I'd walked around the building but I'd never really given the building the time or thought it deserved. Looking back now I find that strange! I would normally wander aimlessly around in the presence of a great building absorbing it's every detail. Architecture is my weakness, books and photographs are great for reference but there is nothing like actually seeing the details in a building and appreciating the space it creates."
Easy to Build
Detailed, step-by-step instructions makes your kit a pleasure to construct.
Beautifully Accurate Models
We research and study the buildings to capture the true essence in our models.
Exquisite Wood Construction
We use the finest wood components (Aspen, American Cherry, Birch, others), and manufacture and inspect all components to the highest standards.