Sydney Opera House
Far and away the most recognizable building in all of Australia, the Sydney Opera House hosts over 1,500 performances each year. Planning for the structure began in the 1940's and it was officially completed in 1973. The exterior of the building is made of parabola-shaped shells which represent one of the first examples of a computer being used to perform structural analysis. Each shell is covered in specially made ceramic tiles that make the beautifully shaped building stand out on the city's harbor. Inside, the Sydney Opera House is also famous for its incredible acoustic properties.Art and FunctionFrom apartment spaces, music halls, offices, and casinos, it's impressive when one steps back to examine the incredible artistry that goes into creating spaces for seemingly mundane purposes. Architecture is unique among the arts in that it perfectly straddles the line between aesthetics and functionality. Mankind has expressed himself through architecture since ancient times and advances in technology and building techniques have allowed the current generation of architects to build and expand upon this legacy.
Shrine of Remembrance
The next on our list for the day was the Shrine of Remembrance. It is considered to be Melbourne's most iconic landmark where the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war has been honored over the years. The Shrine is an elevated structure overlooking hectares of beautiful parkland.The Eternal Flame on the Second World War Forecourt symbolizes eternal life for those who have served.