The Sydney Opera House officially opened in October 1973.

Arup's involvement began 16 years prior to opening, and in his introduction Jack Zunz explores some of the challenges and issues which meant this combined human effort very nearly didn’t lead to a positive conclusion.

In other articles of this special edition, we review the design process from the competition onwards including the podium and roof structure by Ove Arup and Jack Zunz; The evolution and design of the concourse at the Sydney Opera House; The Sydney Opera House Glass Walls; Grouting prestressing ducts; Adhesives for structural jointing; Influence of corrosion on some aspects of design of the Sydney Opera House; Sydney Opera House Awards and Credits.

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The Arup Journal 1973 - Issue 3