Oslo Opera House as Public Space

by Rebecka Gordan

Visiting the Norwegian Architecture Festival in Oslo this September, I decided to take a look at city's new landmark: the Oslo Opera House by renowned Norwegian firm Snøhetta. A spectacular feature of this iceberg-like building is that it is possible to walk on its marble roof. Here, pedestrians and bicyclists, tourists and Osloites, young and old enjoyed the panoramic views of the city. For me it was fascinating to see a "starchitect," high-end opera house functioning as a popular public gathering space.

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Credits: Photos by Rebecka Gordan.

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  1. In Oslo opera house, skateboarders are discouraged from areas closer to performance spaces. While much of the building is covered in white granite and white Italian marble, the stage tower is clad in white aluminum in a design by Løvaas & Wagle evoking old weaving patterns.

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