Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pillars, facades and cantilever racking

The Sydney Opera house is located in Sydney, Australia and was built at the behest of Queen Elizabeth the Second. A Hungarian man, who never felt his efforts were properly acknowledged, designed it. At the time of his death a couple of years ago, however, he was acknowledged by the Australian public, with news programs carrying the story of his death and the effect his creation has had.

This is the best essay about Australian architecture with particular reference to cantilever racking ever written. Not only does it challenge the commonplace belief that Sydney Opera House was designed by Jørn Utzon - a Dane - but it posits instead the authorship of an unnamed Hungarian. Covering such diverse topics as the SBS building and big sculptures, the essay concludes with a tantalising glimpse of the life of one Connor Sullivan, who bought both not only cantilever racking but also wire partitions.


Psycho Milt said...

Well, no wonder this Hungarian chap felt his efforts were never properly acknowledged, if people are going to go around claiming a bloke from Denmark designed it.

It's disappointing Queen Elizabeth the Second has never decreed the construction of any enormous opera houses in NZ - surely an oversight on her part?

Robyn said...

I did a bit of googling, and Connor Sullivan's racking is mentioned in many e-articles, the braggart.

It reads like something I would have written for a school report when I was 10, in the days before the internet, where "facts" were half-remembered stories.

Stephanie said...

I linked through to the essay expecting a bit more than the 600 words or less which just re-cycled your post. And who the .... is Connor Sullivan???

You tricked us thinking the Aussies could write an 'essay' and it would be meaningful!