Plans recently submitted to the New South Wales department of Planning and Environment detail the proposition to allow guests to stay overnight in the Sydney Opera House's famous Utzon Room.
The room, named after the building's Danish architect, features a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look over Sydney Harbour and would be turned into a set of luxury suits five times a year. Five guests would be permitted to stay at a time chosen on a lottery basis through a public ballot via Airbnb. An additional proposal outlined the use of the grand foyer converted into dormitories two times a year that, on camp beds, could accommodate up to 100 people.
The Opera House signed a two-year deal with Airbnb last year, facilitating free tours of the World Heritage Building for top-ranking hosts on the accommodation site.
According to the proposal, these 'sleepovers' would endeavour to "shift perspective on a well-known public institution' in a 'new and innovative way'.