Jorn Utzon has agreed to make an amazing return to the Sydney Opera House to work on an A$66 million renovation scheme on the interior of the world- famous building.
The Danish architect, who now lives in near-hiding in Majorca, has agreed to become a consultant, with his son Jan, working with the Sydney office of Denton Corker Marshall to improve the landmark, 30 years after walking away from the project in disgust at political meddling and accusations of running over budget.
Wayne Dufty, an associate of dcm in London, explained that the happy meeting of minds arose when dcm Sydney director Richard Johnson interviewed Utzon and persuaded him to look at revitalising the building's low-grade interior facilities such as wc provision, circulation and disabled access. dcm was appointed last year to broaden the masterplan and improve the functionality of the building, while retaining Utzon's design principles.
Meanwhile the man blamed for Utzon's abandonment of the scheme, former public-works minister Sir Davis Hughes, has attacked Utzon's re-introduction as a 'vote-catching gimmick.'