Receiver of the RIBA Gold Medal, 1978 and the Pritzker Prize in 2003.
The Sydney Opera House became part of UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2007.
Jørn Utzon has his roots in Nordic modernism and functionalism, but in his projects, he manages to connect it with ancient universal principles.
Utzon's portfolio is not big, but what a portfolio. A distinct humanistic approach, rooted in the place, with a universal spiritual content, serves as a continuing source of inspiration in our work.
BAGSVÆRD CHURCH 1976
The church is located on a busy highway, on the border between an industrial- and residential neighborhood. The outside is simple and anonymous and, in its materiality and tectonics, has more in common with industrial buildings than its abstraction of classic village churches.
The church's main room hides a monumental surprise. The wavy white ceiling culminates in a north-facing light, giving a gently shaded space. Utzons inspiration comes from drifting clouds and their play with light. A prime example of how he uses a universal phenomenon as the driving force for the church’s atmosphere and creates a very special place in a class of its own.