Transcultural Tectonic Connections: The Utzon Paradigm

  • Adrian Carter Aalborg University
Keywords: Jørn Utzon, Sydney Opera House, Tectonic architecture, Transcultural influence

Abstract

This paper presents an understanding of Jørn Utzon, as one of the most profound exponents of a transcultural and tectonic approach to modern architecture in the late twentieth century. The paper will examine the sources of inspiration, intersections and connections in Utzon’s architecture; which have been informed by his understanding of boat-building, reference to nature, extensive travels and broad transcultural influences; as an exemplary paradigm for humane, poetic and innovative contemporary architecture. Jørn Utzon’s architecture ranges from the modest to the monumental; from the Kingo courtyard houses, the finest Scandinavian example of humane housing, to the sculptural abstraction and technical innovation of the Sydney Opera House; an iconic work of modern architecture that has come to symbolize not only a city, but also a multi-cultural nation, due to its highly original and innovative synthesis of many diverse and non-Western cultural influences, in specific relation to its context. Utzon’s work embodies a visionary approach to architecture that is site specific and poetic, tectonic and humane; informed by a profound appreciation of nature and diversity of human cultures, as sources of inspiration and analogy, combined with an intuitive sense of architecture as art and a pragmatic, yet innovative approach to the use of technology pushed, according to Utzon to the “edge of the possible,” that is ever more relevant today.
Published
2014-07-31
How to Cite
Carter, A. (2014). Transcultural Tectonic Connections: The Utzon Paradigm. ARCC Conference Repository. https://doi.org/10.17831/rep:arcc%y275