‘THE OPERA IN 3 ACTS’

This Friday March 12
6pm – 8pm
Fraser Studios, Queen Street Studios
10-14 Kensington Street, Chippendale

For the last 12 days, 120 students from Arkitektskolen Aarhus have worked with 120 students from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).  The Danes have travelled all this way to study Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House.  Together in teams with UTS students, the Opera House has been explored from three perspectives – spatial strategies, organisational strategies and material/construction strategies.

In a period when studying architecture involves less and less study of actual buildings, the ambition of this studio has been to engage the students with the Opera House in physical terms, studying it, drawing it, mapping these phenomena and reflecting on these findings.  The results of the studio are 120 separate assignments which test and prod and question the building, developing in the students an awareness of what can be learnt from exemplars from our own discipline.

Less tangible is the cultural exchange – in terms of the culture of two countries and of two schools – which has taken place.  The final such exchange will take place on Friday night at the studios.