Today’s post will feature some of the more modern architecture in Oslo.
Whenever I think of Norway, I think of the wooden houses from the 17th and 18th century — and you do see some of those as well. But when we first arrived on the airport train into the city, I was mesmerized by the modern architecture surrounding the station. And right across from it is the opera and ballet center, which is gorgeous and modern as well (as you’ll see). I love the stark contrast between the old and the new.
You’ll also notice a lot of construction around this area. The last photo shows a giant sign with architectural renderings of what the area will be like once completed — which I thought was so fun to see.
This is the Oslo Opera House. You can walk up the roofs all the way to the top, which is lovely. There is also a really nice patio with tables and people sipping wine and watching the water. I will do that with Jamie when we return in 2034 (the year Sir Ezra leaves for college… hopefully).
One side of the building has solar panels built into the windows. You have to look pretty close to recognize what they are.
This is a sculpture in the water just past the Opera House.
This is the opera house patio I was mentioning.
Lots of people stop and pose for photos on the roof of the opera house.
One thing I love about this rendering (that my photos don’t show) is how the Opera Center “roof” descends all the way into the water. Lots of people were down there dipping their toes in.