Oslo Opera House - Norway's largest cultural venue
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Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1, Oslo, Norway
Date of build
12 April 2008 - opening date
The Oslo Opera House is a modern building located on Bjørvika Bay, and is the home of the Norwegian State Opera and Ballet.
It is Norway's largest cultural facility in 700 years.
The idea of building an opera house was first proposed in the late 19th century. However, it was not until 1999, after a national debate, that the Norwegian government determined the future site of the building - the Bjorvika peninsula. More than two hundred works by architects from around the world were submitted in an open international competition. The winner was the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta.
The construction of the opera house took four years, from 2003 to 2007. Due to the proximity of the bay waters and the possibility of finding ship or boat remains, the construction work was accompanied by archaeologists from the Norwegian Maritime Museum.
The construction budget was 4.5 billion Norwegian kroner. The opening ceremony was held on April 12, 2008 with King Harald V of Norway, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and President Tarja Halonen of Finland.
The opera house project was intended to be a link between the historic city center west of Bjørvik and the modern districts to the east. The state-of-the-art building approaches the edge of the fjord and even encroaches slightly into the water (to a depth of 16 metres).
The most interesting feature of this building is the roof sloping towards the water. It consists of 36 thousand white stone slabs, which can be climbed to the highest point of the building, from where you can enjoy a magnificent panorama of the city and the bay. The lobby is surrounded by a large lobby, which is surrounded by a large terrace.
The lobby is surrounded by 15-meter-high windows with delicate framing and special glazing that allow a clear view of the water. The roof is supported by thin columns, set at an angle, which are also designed not to interfere with the views.
The building's slanted roof quickly gained popularity among Oslo residents and visitors. Its snow-white color and asymmetry are reminiscent of the huge icebergs flowing to Norway's shores from the cold northern seas.
The theater's main auditorium has 1,364 seats. Its classic horseshoe form provides high acoustics. The gently curved walls of the hall, balconies and staircases are lined with oak panelling. Lighting of the opera house is provided by a spherical chandelier consisting of 800 LEDs, seven metres in diameter and weighing 8.5 tonnes.
The construction used 2,300 tons of steel and 43,500 cubic meters of concrete. The building was designed to serve for at least 300 years.
The Oslo Opera House stage measures 16 meters wide and 40 meters deep, becoming one of the most technically equipped venues. The stage consists of 16 independent locations, each of which can be raised, tilted and rotated. In addition, there is a 15-meter turning circle, two side stages, and a lower level in the back designed for scenery preparation.
More than 800,000 people have visited in the first eight months of opening alone.
The opera house's unusual design won an award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2008. The following year, it was awarded the Mies van der Rohe Prize. The opera house's extraordinary design won a prize at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona.
Official website: https://operaen.no/