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Oslo Opera House

One of the most iconic contemporary buildings in Oslo is The Oslo Opera House.

Operahuset is the home to The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway and it’s situated in the Bjørvika neighborhood of central Oslo, at the head of the Oslofjord.

The building was designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta twelve years ago and has received several prestigious awards.


The white Italian marble and granite structure with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water invites the visitors to climb its roof and enjoy panoramic views of Oslo and the fjord, all year round.

The roof is supported by thin angled columns designed not to interfere with views while the lobby is surrounded by 15 m (49 ft) tall windows with minimal framing and special glass that allows maximum views of the water.

The perforated wall panel with hexagonal opening illuminated from below and behind to create the illusion of melting ice, designed by Olafur Eliasson is actually a cover for the toilets.

Out of the several art projects in the Opera house, the most notable is a sculpture constructed of stainless steel and glass panels by Monica Bonvicini.

The sculpture called She lies is permanently installed on a concrete platform in the fjord adjacent to Opera House and floats on the water moving in response to tides and wind to create an ever-changing face to viewers.

If you don’t spend your evening enjoying some of the offers from the rich and varied program of The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet we suggest a stroll around the Opera with a must climb to the top. Or a cup of coffee in their coffee shop with a fantastic view.

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