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Jørn Utzon (born April 9, 1918, died November 29, 2008) was a Danish architect. He was born in Copenhagen and grew up in Aalborg. He is most well known for designing the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He won a contest for designing the Sydney Opera House in 1957. However, he left Australia in 1966 and never returned and saw his completed work.[source?] He thought of his design of the Sydney Opera House to be like peeling an orange, as he said putting the shells of the building together would make a perfect sphere. In 2001, he was invited back to restore the building and change it back toward his original designs.[1]

In 2003, Utzon won the Pritzker Prize.[2]

Utzon died of a heart attack in Copenhagen.


  1. Flyvbjerg, Bent (Spring Summer 2005). "Design by Deception: The Politics of Megaproject Approval" (PDF). Harvard Design 22: p. 55. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  2. Pritzker Architecture Prize, "Jørn Utzon, 2003 Laureate"; retrieved 2013-3-27.

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