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Oslo Opera House 
The official book on the new but already famous and continually award-winning Oslo Opera House. 

See and read about the ideas behind Snøhetta’s astonishing architecture and design. Enjoy a guided tour outside and inside the building, find out how it was built and decorated. Learn about the highly acclaimed acoustics and the advanced technology employed. Most of all, get to know a work of world architecture, awarded World Cultural Building of the year 2008. Look out, Sydney!

Oslo Opera House 
World Cultural Building of the Year 2008
Mies van der Rohe award; the European Union’s prize for contemporary architecture 2009
The book conveys the fascinating story of how Norway got an opera house of its own.
The book brings you close to the comprehensive process that led to the finished house, the greatest mainland project in Norway in recent history.
The opera house is presented in such a way that you will both gain insight into the ideas behind Snøhettas architecture and receive a guided tour of the finished building. You will learn about the advanced stage technology and the electronics of this, the most modern of opera houses. You will be let in on the secret behind its acclaimed acoustics.
The house in itself is extraordinary. It is a piece of world architecture, located on the water’s edge in a small country on the periphery of the European culture scene. Foreign specialists and foreign media are full of praise, regarding both the building’s architecture and its qualities as an art scene. Among many prizes, it was awarded the prestigious Mies van der Rohe award; the European Union’s prize for contemporary architecture 2009, and has been named winner in the culture category as «World Cultural Building of the Year 2008» at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona. Perhaps we have yet to realise what we have created. 
Mies van der Rohe Award 2009. EU Architecture Award, Barcelona

27 FIFA Plamarès, Festival International du Film sur làrt – 2009
(A film on the opera house by NRK – The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation)

USITT Architecture Award 2009, Cincinnati, Ohio

Travel & Leisure Design Award 2009

Veronafiere; International Award Architecture in Stone 2009, Verona, Italy

Great Places, Metropolize Magazine 2009

Brit Insurance Design of the Year Award 2009, London

World Architecture Awards – Best Cultural Building 2008, Barcelona

The Norwegian State Award for Building Tradition 2008

Archip,The Architectural Award 2008 – building/ construction, Moscow

A House for the Future  
By Tom Remlov, General Director (CEO), The Norwegian Opera & Ballet
Design and Construction Process      
By Tarald Lundevall, Project architect MNAL Snøhetta
Support Structures and Materials        
By Tore A. Steigen, Engineer, Reinertsen Engineering AS
The Architect’s Intentions        
By Snøhetta’s opera house team
A Public Art Programme of Many Layers and Branches            
By Nina Schjønsby, journaist and art theorist
Light and Sound Systems        
By Per Harald Rasmussen, Engineer, Per Rasmussen AS
A High-Tech Opera Stage         
By Thomas Ellingsen, project manager, Bosch Rexroth AS
By Tor Halmrast, chief acoustics engineer at Statsbygg,
Gunnar Ihlen, violinist at DNO&B,
and Lars Viddal Strand, civil engineer at Brekke & Strand Akustikk AS
The Story As Told by the Executive Builder                 
Interview by Jon Otterbeck, Publisher
Color photography throughout by internationally acclaimed architectural photographers.
To order
Oslo Opera House
NOK 399.-
£ 39.-
€ 45.-
USD 65

Prices are ex shipping/postage
Large size: 290 x 285 mm
Paper back
160 pp
Color photographies throughout the book
Opera Forlag (Opera Publishing), Jon Otterbeck AS
Editor: Jon Otterbeck
Book design: Tina Fjotland, Opera Forlag
Print & binding: Editoriale Bortolazzi Stei srl, Verona, Italy
ISBN 978-82-92845-04-2 
The press and the opera house 
I am in love. She’s Norwegian, gorgeous, full of fun, yet with surprising hidden depths. Quite literally so, since her lower limbs are permanently submerged in the sea.
No, she’s not a mermaid. She’s the new Oslo Opera House, an amazing marble and granite vision that rises out of the fjord like a giant ice floe.

Richard Morrison, The Times
The Oslo opera house is a powerful and beautiful statement, radiant with music and song, one that announces Norway’s arrival as a cultural centre. Most of all, it’s a building to be shared: anyone who travels to Oslo will want to see, and climb, Snøhetta’s marble mountain.
Jonathan Glancey, The Guardian
In Oslo ließ der Staat ein neues Kunstwerk entstehen,
wie man es in Europa seit Jahren nicht gesehen hat. 

Nikolaus Bernau, Berliner Zeitung
An opera house to rival Sydney’s.
Michael Dervan, The Irish Times
An architectural Masterpiece.
Frede Vestergaard, Weekendavisen
This is certainly Snøhetta’s most significant project since
the library in Alexandria.

Peter Kelly, Blueprint Magazine
The new Oslo Opera House is a monumental architectural statement for Norway, providing a glamorous new home for the National Opera and Ballet and a striking public plaza overlooking the Oslofjord.
Terri Peters, ArchitectureWeek
Snøhetta heightens experiential and theatrical moments in its design for the National Opera of Norway in Oslo.
Peter MacKeith, Architectural Record
The Norwegian Opera & Ballet roof is the most visited tourist attraction in Norway, and one of the most famous in Europe, even though it was opened as late as April 2008.
Visit Oslo
The New Opera House Oslo is a spectacular fusion of landscape and architecture, urbanism and the art of opera…, …the design demonstrates how architecture can add exponential value to what ultimately might have been a simple yet highly functional container for performance.
Bruce Kuwabara, Creative Class
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