Oslo Opera House : Let’s Dance


Right in the centre of Oslo, very close to the railway station, is the Opera House.  But this is no ordinary building, it’s a marble and glass building, designed by a Norwegian architectural firm, Snohetta, and was opened in April 2008.   It has a white sloping marble roof, which allows visitors to walk on the roof and enjoy the views of the Norwegian fjord.   It has been described as ‘rising out of the fjord like a giant ice floe’

As well as holding operas (currently showing Madame Butterfly), there are also many concerts, shows, art exhibitions and such like on at The Opera, and the coffee shop serves the most divine hot chocolate, a very welcome drink, especially when it’s cold outside, and you climb up and down on the roof very carefully, because of the ice and snow which can make the marble fairly slippery.

Right next to the Opera House,  in the fjord, is a steel and glass sculpture which  looks like it is floating in the water.   It is on a concrete plinth, but it can move on its axis, and turns with the wind and the tides.   The sculpture is called ‘She Lies’ and as you can see, is a most unusual piece which is certainly dramatic!

Sculpture’She Lies’ floating in the fjord.

We took my grandchildren to visit Oslo recently, and this was our first stop, before we got the ‘hop on hop off’ tourist bus to visit the other sights in Oslo.    Have a look at the gallery, it gives some idea of the very different and unusual space.

 

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KerryCan
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 09:34:49

    What a wonderful building! I love the idea of walking on the roof!

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  2. the dune mouse (CybeleMoon)
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 17:54:29

    wow indeed!!

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  3. healthypaleokitchen
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 08:58:12

    I was here in 2013 and I can say it’s a really stunning building and it IS an ordinary building. There is only one problem (not with the building but whith its area), there are a lot of homless and people who begging for money and these are very big disadvantage of the opera house.
    One more thing.. in 2009 this building won the Mies van der Rohe prize.. this prize is the most important architectual prize in the EU region.. 🙂

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  4. Cindi
    Aug 28, 2014 @ 14:59:25

    I was in Oslo in 2006 but haven’t been back since moving to the Bergen area — getting there and seeing the Opera House is high on my list. Thank you for wonderful photos to hold me over in the meantime!

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  5. Jenny
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 11:33:20

    What a gorgeous building!

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