Building a masterpiece explores some of the untold chapters in the long history of the Opera House's gestation, development and completion - of individuals whose careers were made or broken by the Opera House, the companies whose reputations were secured through their association with the building, and the pioneering construction methods, innovative technologies and methodologies developed to meet the demands of its unprecedented design and challenging construction. The workers who built the building, the politicians, architects and members of the public who championed it and its often beleaguered architect are discussed as is its current world status as a symbol of Australia. To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Opera House, this new edition of Building a Masterpiece will include a new chapter on another little known and much misunderstood story: the architect who took over from Utzon and completed the project.
Foreword by Jorn Utzon; Timeline of events; Introduction, Anne Watson; 'The Sydney Opera House's monumental appeal', Professor Richard Weston; 'The competition', Anne Watson; 'Second thoughts', Robert Geddes; 'New perspectives on the origins of Utzon's inspiration', Philip Drew; 'Computers and the Opera House', David Taffs with Matthew Connell; 'Technological achievements in engineering and construction', Dr John Nutt; 'The plywood story', Philip Nobis; 'Bring Utzon back', Anne Watson; 'Who built the Opera House?', Dr Sarah Gregson; 'Changing perspectives on the Opera House: the World Heritage nomination', Dr Bronwyn Hanna and Patricia Hale; 'Finishing a masterpiece: Utzon and the Opera House today'; Interview with Richard Johnson; Bibliography; Picture credits; About the authors; About the Powerhouse Museum; Index.