Hold onto to your seats because LEGO has just announced its newest Architecture Series release – and it’s a model of Jørn Utzon‘s iconic Sydney Opera House! The beautiful building – which is a landmark for both Australia and opera house design – is the 12th project in the LEGO architecture series, and it joins the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, the Burj Dubai and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House.
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center located on the Sydney waterfront. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, finally opening in 1973 after a long gestation starting with his competition-winning design in 1957. Utzon received the Pritzker Prize in 2003, and the Pritzker Prize citation assocaited with his award noted:
“There is no doubt that the Sydney Opera House is his masterpiece. It is one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century, an image of great beauty that has become known throughout the world – a symbol for not only a city, but a whole country and continent.”
LEGO’s Architectural series was created to inspire aspiring architects, engineers, designers, as well as children of all ages. The Sydney Opera House kit will be available in stores March 1st and retails at $39.99.