Gems of Oslo – Oslo Opera House

Oslo Opera House is probably one of the most symbolic buildings of the Norwegian capital. Emerging like an iceberg from water it epitomizes the Nordic spirit.

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I had an incredible opportunity to discover this building inside out, see the ballet preformance and even peek to the back stage while running the glove making workshop during the Prøverommet training event.

Covered with marble and white granite, the building was opened to the public in 2007 and has won numerous awards for its architecture.

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It is possible to walk up to the roof via the slant, to enjoy the panoramic views of the city.

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The glass walls create a mesmerising effect of light play in the hallway, while the interior design is contrasted with the waving natural oak panelling, bringing out the variance in textures.

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Behind the building, floating in the fjord is a glass and steel sculpture “She Lies”, constructed by Monica Bonivicini. The installation responds to the moving water and changes its appearance constantly depending on tides.

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Currently the neighbourhood of the Opera house is undergoing a transformation with extended construction – just behind the Opera house the museum of the most famous Norwegian painter Edward Munch is being built, planning to open in 2020. Along with the new city library, currently also in construction, it is aiming to turn the area into a new cultural hub.
The future of the area looks promising!

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