New Opera House, Oslo
Opera House Oslo is well like giant white iceberg floating in Oslo Fjord with an interactive surface one can walk and eat and sunbath on. The roof of the building flows to ground level that turns the whole building into a skateboard friendly large plaza inviting pedestrians to walk runners to run and tourists like me to enjoy the panoramic views of Oslo. It is spectacular - inside and out and the acoustics amazing. Home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. .
We visited Oslo in July 2014 and it was very warm and sunny. The Opera House is stunning and unusual and we had a real wow moment. The day we were there they were filming the re-run of a Eurovision song and walking on the roof of the building on a beautiful day with lovely music floating around was a special moment. Bit warm to sit outside so we went into the air conditioned foyer for a beer. The foyer is light and airy and has beautiful wood panelling.
It is one of the newest opera houses in the World, built in 2007. Its construction costed 40 million EUR!!! It has more than 1000 rooms and the main hall has almost 1400 seats. To be honest I liked the building but it didn't impressed me much. When I heard about the money it took I understood why the locals are so proud of this building - they just have to!
(Sorry about the bad photos)
The opera is situated in Bjørvika, central Oslo. The tender and construction started in 1999 when the Stortinget, the Partliament decided to build a new opera. It opened its doors in 2007. Nowadays this futuristic building, resembling iceberg, houses the Norwegian national opera and ballet.
The new (opened on April 12, 2008) is the only opera house you can walk on the roof. I tried-woo magnificent view of the harbor and so pleasant to see the harbor fro the top of the opera house. You should come here. It is the work of Norwegian firm Snohetta which also designed the architects of the Bibliotheca Alexandra, Egypt.
The most spectacular building in Oslo is its brand new Opera House. Built directly on the Oslo Fjord, this is an architectural tour-de-force ( whateve that might be) and well up there with the great opera houses of the world.
The architectural terminology used to describe the Opera House is far too complicated to repeat here, so if you want to know more check it out on google. Apparently, the design encompasses three main features: the wavewall; the factory and the carpet. This doesn't mean a lot to me but the 'carpet' refers to the sloping walkways outside, designed with the idea of providing broad accessibility to a maximum number of people. It certainly does this and you can walk right to the top and down the other side. As well as giving interesting views of the fjord and the city, there's something very exciting about the materials used and the vast amount of white and windswept open space.
We visited on a wet and windy evening just before dark. The rain stopped long enough for us to enjoy a watery sunset over the fjord and buffeted by the wind we rushed from one side to the other in spontaneous exhiliration at this combination of wild elements and man-made space. Before we left, the lights of the highrises immediately behind the opera House provided an almost hallucinatory backdrop. To the front however, everything was suffused in a gentle glow and the reflections of the boats and harbour lights in the glass walls was a photographers fantasy come true.
To sum up : go there and see it for yourself
The Oslo Opera House (in Norwegian, Operahuset) is the seat of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The building lies in Bjørvika, in the center of Oslo, at the head of the Oslofjord. Its builder was Statsbygg, a government-run property owner. The architects were the Norwegian firm Snøhetta who were also the architects of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (the Library of Alexandria) in Egypt. The theatre designers were Theatre Projects Consultants based in London, the acoustic designers were BrekkeStrandArup, a joint venture between local consultant Brekke Strand Akustikk and international acousticians Arup Acoustics. Norwegian construction company Veidekke was awarded one of the largest building contracts of the project. The structure provides a total area of 38,500 m² and includes 1,100 rooms, one of which has 1,350 seats and another has up to 400 seats. Total expenditures for the building project were planned at 4.4 billion NOK, but finished ahead of schedule, and 300 million NOK under budget.
The Opera House was finished in 2007. (source: Wikipedia)
Oslo's new opera house opened in 2008. It was designed by the Norwegian architectural firm "Snøhetta", which has also designed the new great library in Alexandria and is involved in a project on the World Trade Center site in NYC.
The operahouse is all white, and with a flat structure that allows you to walk on the roof. A lot of people in Oslo where sceptic about this new opera house as it was being built - but just a few months after the opening it has become a big success. Also for tourists it is becoming a site to visit right along with the Vigeland park and the viking ship museum.
The operahouse is beautifully situated by the fjord. The area around it however, is still quite a mess (not to mention the site of many a drug deal). A lot will happen in the coming years, other cultural institutions will move there (among other things a new Munch museum will be built) and the traffic will move under ground.
Oslo's newly built Opera House is the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. It is located at the Fjord side in Bjorvika in the center of Oslo. Opened by King Harald 5 of Norway on April 12, 2008.
The building is an amazing marble and granite vision that rises out of the fjord like a giant ice floe. One of the best aspects of this building is that on either side of the foyer, the huge roof comes tapering down like giant ski slopes. And because the opera-house authorities are unencumbered by nannying EU health-and-safety legislation, they have decided to allow the public to clamber up these granite slopes to the very top of the building, where there are fine views of the fjord and city.
This must be the only theatre in the world with its own underwater sea defence: a huge barrier, 6ft below the waves. Its function to protect the theatre from the Oslo-Copenhagen car ferry, should it ever drift off course in bad weather.
In April 2008 the new opera buidling opened in Oslo. Very modern building like an alien that landed at the side of the Olsofjord. I bet there are many people that do not like the building wheras others will pilger to that place. I read a text saying that it is not that much of a real opera feeling, more a thing for the common people - but to be honest: would that not be a thing to bring opera close to people? The building often is compared with a glacier. Interesting is that you can walk on the building roof in many parts, like a designed landscape that is made of Italian marble. The building was designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta that also did the library in Alexandria, Egypt in 2001. It was not opened yet, I shortly missed it but I think it is an experience to see a performance there. So if you like classical music or/and modern architecture you definatly will have a look at it, I guess.
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In 2008 the new Opera house in Oslo was opened, the vision was to build a landmark building like the world famous opera house in Sydney. I'll let you be the judge of how successful they where, personally I think it is a bit unoriginal to build a big opera house with a white roof and big glass facade on the waterfront, but I would recommend go seeing it. It is no doubt a nice building, the roof and the area around it is made of huge amounts of marble, everything white you see on the picture is marble, and there is plenty more of it. But unlike the opera house in Sydney, you can actually walk up on the roof of this one, it's not even hard, and it gives you a good view of the Oslo fjord and the old town in Oslo. There are a couple of restaurants in the opera house, and in the future the whole area will be renovated into a very nice part of the city.
PS: There are 3 images on this tip...
The Oslo Opera House was inaugurated in April 2008.
Even if you're not an Opera fan, it's nice to go for a walk on the roof.....