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Changes to Opera house posthumously fulfill architects wishes

on Tuesday,November 17,2009 22:11

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John Utzon had a grand vision when he designed the iconic Sydney Opera House so many years ago. One year after his death, a $38 million refurbishment of the World Heritage building is finally realizing his dream.

Located on the Western side of the massive structure, a new wing has opened honoring the late architect''s original designs by creating an extensive colonnade, a stylish foyer and windows that open up views of the sea to the building''s estimated 7.5 million annual visitors, according to ABC news.

"I remember my father''s enthusiasm for modeling the western foyer into something really useful for the Opera House and the patrons," says Jan Utzon, the late architect''s son and colleague in the project in an interview with ABC.

Other improvements to the building include improved wheelchair access, more toilets and escalators that connect the Opera House''s six performance levels.

Jorn Utzon was fired by the Australian government in the middle of the buildings construction in the 60''s, but returned to the project eight years ago to redesign the interiors.

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