A group of five students from Danish design and architecture schools have been selected to take part in the modernization of Sydney Opera House. The select handful are part of a team of 100 students from Australia and Denmark who will participate in the MADE by the Opera House exchange programme over the next 10 years.
Signe Møller Rosendal, who is studying communication design at Design School Kolding, is one of the students going to Sydney this summer. During the course of six weeks, the students will assist two major engineering companies to solve architectural, engineering and design-related issues to the entire modernization of the Opera House.
“It is a great honour to be given the chance to affect the whole modernization. When I was selected, I was like “Cool, I am going to Australia to work on the Opera House for six weeks”. In the beginning, I did not understand the whole thing; it first became clear to me, when I met the other students and people involved with the project. It is because the building is essential to Sydney and Australia in so many ways”, Signe Møller Rosendal says.
As a communication designer, Signe Møller Rosendal was selected to be a part of the team via a large elimination round that initially consisted of 41 applicants. The selection process required the applicants to send a letter of motivation alongside a portfolio of their work. Signe Møller Rosendal was one of only ten people invited to attend a follow up interview.
Signe Møller Rosendal has no doubt about what she can contribute to the project.
“I am very interested in the collaboration between architects, engineers and designers. Especially, in connection with public spaces and humans and how you can improve the interaction in these spaces – to make a better overall experience that makes sense for the user”, explains Signe Møller Rosendal.
In addition to Signe Møller Rosendal, also selected to be part of the team were; Birthe Wohlenberg (Technical University of Denmark), Arnthrudur Gisladottir (Aarhus University), Mathias Ørum Nørgård (Aarhus School of Architecture) and Mai Alexandra Bogø (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture).
About MADE by the Opera House
MADE by the Opera House is a collaboration between the Sydney Opera House Trust, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Bikubenfonden, Dreyers Fond, Det Obelske Familiefond, Steensen Varming, Arup and The NSW Architects Registration Board.
The focus of the exchange programme is on transferring an interdisciplinary approach – which effectively was behind the foundation of Australia’s most famous building – towards development of an international vision, to break down boundaries between disciplines, and to strengthen cultural ties between Denmark and Australia.