Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Oslo
Snøhetta 

Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Oslo

Snøhetta 


In 1999, the National Assembly of Norway decided that the new Opera House was to be constructed on the Bjørvika peninsula, on the shores of Oslo’s fjord. The new construction was a first step in the development plan for this formerly industrial waterfront of the capital, and its design stemmed from three basic ideas. In the first place, the monumental character requested in the brief is conveyed through the idea of togetherness, of shared public asset. To ensure democratic access for all, the Opera House is materialized as a horizontal volume with accessible surfaces that make it possible to walk along the roofs throughout the building’s full extension. Secondly, the building is devised as a large center for artistic and technical production where all the accessories necessary for the performances are built. In this sense, it is designed as a production facility, a factory, with a rational and flexible scheme during the planning phase as well as in later use. And finally, because of its location on a harbor, a traditional place of exchange between Norway and the world, the Opera is set forth as a threshold between land and sea, between everyday life and art.


Client

Stattsbygg: State Building Authority of Norway

Architects

Architect, Landscape & Interior: Snøhetta

Collaborators

Reinertsen Engineering. Theatre Projects. Arup

Contractor

Stattsbygg: State Building Authority of Norway

Surface area

38.500 m²

Photos

Henning Klokkeråsen, Nick Kane, Jiri Havran, Christian Richters, Nina Reistad, Hélène Binet