Oslo Opera and Ballet House

Oslo Opera and Ballet House
Oslo Opera and Ballet House

The House of Opera and Ballet in the Norwegian capital is one of the most recent examples of the most avant-garde contemporary architecture that has been built in the city of Oslo, since we are talking about a cultural infrastructure that was inaugurated precisely near the sea and linked to the surrounding urban landscape, both with the city itself and the Oslo Fjord.


Oslo Opera and Ballet House

In fact, the prismatic and angular shape, as well as the white color of the building or the brightness provided by its glass parts, can be understood as the large block of an iceberg that emerges from the sea, something very typical of these latitudes of Scandinavia.

And not only that, since the simile with icebergs does not stop here, because of the different auditoriums that it houses inside, the largest of all of them has an underground or underwater character depending on how you look at it. The fact is that it has a capacity of more than 1,300 people and is 16 meters below the surface of the sea.

The general design of the building is due to the Snøhetta architecture office, a team of architects who in turn had the collaboration of various artists for the different facilities of the building. From the creation of an impressive curtain by Pae White to the interventions in the coatings of national creators andwell-known international artists, including the sought-after artist Olafur Elliasson.

Between all of them they have created a building with multiple points of interest. To begin with, its architecture whose straight forms seem to integrate perfectly into the surrounding landscape. Something that is largely due to its white marble surfaces, which are worked with great care and with different qualities and textures. This marble is even used on the roof of the building, something that is not usual, but it is that in the Oslo Opera House, you can access it by walking and walking to its highest part, and for free, so it is one more urban space in the area. In addition, outdoor shows are also scheduled in this elevated part.

And if marble is key in the external concept of the building, something similar happens with its large glass windows. Some large windows that allow you to see the interior space, and it is even possible to contemplate the rehearsals of some representations.

Regarding that internal part, it must be said that various compartments. Among them up to 3 different auditoriums, as well as work rooms, warehouses, offices and a large lobby, which pays homage to the tradition of the old world theaters, since it has a gigantic horseshoe shape. And it is not the only evocation towards history and tradition. Also striking is the architecture and the oak wood elements that dominate this interior. And we must not forget that wood has been the great material ofI work in Norway, since the distant times of the Vikings, whose art is carried out by wood both in its architecture and in its sculpture or in its decorative arts.

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