The Oslo Opera House is our highest expectation in Norway. This beautiful marble and glass building was the masterpiece of Snøhetta and hosts operas, ballets and other cultural events. Right after our stop at the Barcode Project, we spent an amiable afternoon in the Opera that extraordinarily exemplifies the public engagement and functionality in architecture and landscape.
The Opera is built on the harborfront. Its inviting open space brings more of the city's waterfront space back to the public. In sunny days, I wouldn't mind spending a fuzzy afternoon on the roof, surrounded by by cool breeze and seagulls while enjoying beer/shrimps/lobsters.
(Yes that's what we did.)
The utilization of wood and glass demonstrates the modern Nordic design. Huge windows invite both the sunlight and visitors to peek through the lobby, another way of engagement and visual connection.
The roof is designed to be accessible in all seasons, inviting visitors to climb to Opera's top all year around. (Maybe skiing in winter?)