Arup founder Ove Arup was design engineer on the project, working with architect Jørn Utzon through an often fractious process. Tensions with the client eventually led to Utzon’s resignation from the scheme in 1966.
Aside from being one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, Sydney Opera House is also notable as being one of the first buildings designed with computer-aided design.
To mark the anniversary, Arup is presenting a series of models, photography and drawings taken from the firm’s archives.
The exhibition focuses on two areas in particular: the evolution of the roof structure, which is made of precast concrete panels, and the design of the glass walls, which was developed by Peter Hall, who replaced Utzon as lead architect on the project.
On show will be images taken by Australian Modernist photographer Max Dupain and a specially commissioned digitally fabricated model showcasing the roof structure.
Building the Sydney Opera House is at Arup, 8 Fitzroy Street, London W1T, from 11 April-25 July.