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!
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.