Lightning visit to the Opera House in Oslo, by Snøhetta, December 2011
In Oslo for a day or so, a chance to clamber, slip and slide over the enjoyably icy surfaces of the Oslo Opera House, designed by Snøhetta. The House sits at the entrance to the Oslofjord, in the Bjørvika neighbourhood of central Oslo.
Like Aalto’s Finlandia it’s composed of Italian marble and granite, and like Aalto’s Rovaniemi cultural centre buildings it’s vaguely moonbase-esque counterpointed by warm wooden interiors, and as with Tallinn’s Linnahall its huge elongated structure rises up out of the water, and as with the State Library of Queensland, the public were voting with their feet and declaring it a hugely successful space.
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