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Ooo! Shiny! I'm definitely going along to see this —
Together again: the 2500-piece crystal palace
www.smh.com.au/ articles/ 2006/08/14/ 1155407741475.html.
Steve Meacham
August 15, 2006

IT HAS not been seen in public for 32 years, gathering dust in 24 storage crates. But now one of the forgotten wonders of the Sydney Opera House - the beautiful perspex model by Bill Lambert that helped solve some of the building's engineering conundrums - has been painstakingly reassembled. All 2500 pieces of it...

Mr Lambert was commissioned by the Department of Public Works to build a perfect miniature of Joern Utzon's masterpiece, based on 8000 detailed drawings. Today computer graphics would be used. But 40 years ago, Mr Lambert's unique "crystal palace" was the only way to test how heating, cooling and ventilation services could be fitted.

The model, says his daughter, Christine Pettinger, "absolutely consumed his life. He lived it and he slept it".

With the government increasingly frustrated at soaring costs, Mr Lambert often found himself caught between architects and engineers. "It was very stressful … he was a model maker virtually telling these guys their plans weren't going to work."

Just as Mr Utzon pushed the boundaries, so did Mr Lambert. "He had to invent an adhesive that was transparent, and make his own special tools," his daughter says. But she claims he saved more than a million dollars on the building, and shortened its building time.

The model will go on display from Friday until December at the University of Sydney's faculty of architecture in Newtown.
18 August - 18 Dec 2006
The Hearth, Level 2 148 City Rd
Wilkinson Building, University of Sydney
I watched it build right through my childhood, went to its opening, attended events regularly since then; I've worked inside it, and for years commuted past it by both road and water and still can see newly marvellous aspects. A complete transparent architect's model sounds like a true wonder.
For now it's Sydneysiders only. I wonder if a tour is likely — maybe as part of the campaign for the New Seven Wonders of the World?

Other links
University News:
The original Sydney Opera House on show at the University
14 August 2006
www.usyd.edu.au/ news/ 84.html?newscategoryid=2&newsstoryid=1207

The Australian
Opera House wonder model found at last
Peter Lalor
August 15, 2006

www.theaustralian.news.com.au/ story/ 0,20876,20131152-16947,00.html

Long-Lost Model of Sydney Opera House Found and Rebuilt
By Vivien Schweitzer and Matthew Westphal
31 Aug 2006

www.playbillarts.com/ news/ article/ 5108.html

architecture mag (link no longer works): www.architecturemag.com/ 2006/ 08/ sydney_opera_ho.html

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