jorn utzon

On a day drenched with rain, the Jorn Utzon exhibit at this year’s Venice Biennale provided shelter and stimulation. The exhibition has a number of models and plans of the buildings he built, most notably the Sydney Opera House. There was an interesting video segment explaining how how all the wedges that sit atop the Opera House are all pieces cut from a sphere. He rearranged these shapes until they attained a compositional and spatial rhythm that he found pleasing. Because they are all from the same shell of a sphere, they have a natural harmony that we can unconsciously perceive. Deriving it from a geometrical body helped him find that natural harmony – it’s really quite profound and beautiful once the underlying logical form is made apparent.