Sydney Opera House in detail
The roofs of the Sydney Opera House have a skin that’s as unique as their distinctive shape. The shell-shaped spaces in the three-hall facility are constructed acoustically perfectly, producing a pleasing reverberation much like a cathedral, as they conduct the voices and music evenly from the front seats to the back rows.
The roofing tiles lie smoothly against each other, rather than overlapping each other in the usual way. This allows the surface to appear continuous and organic, again like the shell of a gigantic animal might appear.
After having idolized the building since my schoolboy days, I was lucky enough to be able to visit SOH for a soaring rendition of ‘La Traviata’ to kick off a memorable visit in the Blue Mountains with an old friend.