Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House, 2014

On a recent trip Australia, I had the opportunity to tour one of the most amazing buildings I’d ever seen – the Sydney Opera House. The shape for the towers reminded me of sails on a boat. For me, this was an inspiration for adventure and a reminder to keep living, exploring and learning. While walking through the hallways and various rooms, films and stories of the past presented the building’s incredible challenges and history.

During the drafting and design stage, engineering problems arose concerning budget and time constraints for construction. The architect spent months wrapping his head around possible solutions, but nothing came until the eleventh hour — Deconstructing sections from a sphere would perfectly shape the different towers of building. Discovering the challenges and solutions behind this extraordinary site was amazing. It reaffirmed the fact that simplicity is key to all great things.

In 2007, Sydney Opera House was formally recognized as one of the most outstanding places on Earth with its inclusion on theUNESCO World Heritage List.