STOCKHOLM, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Danish architect Jorn
Utzon, who designed the Sydney Opera House, has died at the age of 90, according
reports reaching here from Copenhagen Saturday.
Utzon died from a heart attack at a care center north
of the capital city Copenhagen early Saturday. His family members surrounded him
in the center, reported Danish daily Politiken online.
Danish architect Joern Utzon at his home
in Elsinore. Utzon, who died November 29 at the age of 90, was the
architect of the world famous opera house in Sydney, Australia, and the
Parliament building in Kuwait. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
"He had not been doing well since Thursday and had
been undergoing a series of operations recently," Kim Utzon, son of Jorn Utzon,
was quoted by Politiken as saying.
Utzon, born on April 9, 1918 in Copenhagen, was
famous for the design of the Sydney Opera House and the National Assembly of
Kuwait. He earned his architecture degree in 1942 at the Royal Danish Academy of
Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Several buildings in Denmark were also designed by
In 1957, when Utzon was still largely unknown, he won
the international competition to design the Sydney Opera House. Due to quarrels
with the client and huge cost overruns, he left the project in 1966. The
building was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site last year.
Utzon was awarded some of the world's important
architecture prizes, such as the Pritzker Prize and France's Legion of Honor.