Opera of Oslo
Sentrum, Oslo, Oslo, Oslo • Norway
Officially opened in April 2008, the Oslo Opera House was designed by the acclaimed Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta. The opera, which took five years to complete, sits on the bank of the Bjørvika district, near the stock exchange and the central station. It is the largest cultural building to be built in Norway since the construction of the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim at the start of the 14th century.
A new landmark for Oslo
Oslo Opera has become a new landmark for the city and proved an instant success with both locals and tourists. In its five years since opening, over 8 million people have visited the house. Visitors grew by 20 between 2011 and 2012, and by the end of 2013 the total will pass 10 million visitors. From the outside, the most striking feature is the white sloping marble roof which rises directly up from the Oslofjord, allowing visitors to enjoy a stroll and take in views of the city. If you see the building from the fjord you will notice a facade of solar panels. In fact, this is Norway’s biggest area of solar panels supplying the building with some of the energy its needs.
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