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Sydney Opera House, Australia

Sydney Opera House, Australia

11/06/11
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The Client

Sydney is Australia’s largest and most famous city. World Heritage-listed the Sydney Opera House is located on Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour), New South WalesAustralia. Its unique use of a series of gleaming white sail-shaped shells as its roof structure makes it one of the most-photographed buildings in the world, opened in 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II.

The Challenge

Dalau was one of the chosen suppliers in the construction of the Sydney Opera House designed by Danish Architect Jørn Utzon’s in 1957. The building covers 1.8 hectares (4.4 acres) of land and is 183 m (600 ft) long and 120 m (394 ft) wide at its widest point. It is supported on 588 concrete piers sunk as much as 25 m (82 ft) below sea level. Construction of the shells was one of the most difficult engineering tasks ever to be attempted. The revolutionary concept demanded equally revolutionary engineering and building techniques.

Our Solution

Dalau assisted in stage I of the project by supplying over 100 slide pads on which the Sydney Opera House is built.  These slide pads allow movement during tidal surges.

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