Jorn Utzon

An architect's architect, Jorn Utzon, who died Nov. 29 at 90, was immensely creative in his understanding of space. He was also a problem solver, concerned with human scale, structure and function. His life, his legacy and the story of the Sydney Opera House are so intertwined that it is almost impossible to separate them from one another. His astonishing 1957 design was pure poetry. It was a landmark then and remains so.

But Utzon will also be remembered as a somewhat tragic figure. He saw his dream destroyed and his design modified after a disagreement with the Australian government resulted...