25 Modern Architects Whose Work Will Leave You Speechless


12. Jorn Utzon

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Jorn Utzon (1918-2008) was a Danish architect who is most remembered for designing iconic Sydney Opera House found in Australia. To win the contract to design the Sydney Opera House, Utzon beat a crowded field of 233 international designers and architects from 32 countries. In 2007, the Sydney Opera House was declared a World Heritage Site, making Utzon only the second person to be given such kind of recognition for his work during his lifetime. The opera house reflected his idea of a building that looked like shells with a natural growth pattern and combined its form and function in society. He won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2003 for his extraordinary accomplishment. He remains the only Danish architect to have received this prize. While approaching the end of his active career, Utzon built the church in Bagsværd in 1976, and he said he got inspiration for the design from the clouds in Hawaii. Utzon’s other well-known projects are the Fredensborg Housing Estate that he built in 1962, the Skagen Nature Center, and Kingo Housing Estate, all of which are found in Denmark.