|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!
World Cultural Building of the Year 2008
Mies van der Rohe award; the European Union’s prize for contemporary
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
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
(A film on the opera house by NRK – The Norwegian Broadcasting
USITT Architecture Award 2009, Cincinnati, Ohio
Travel & Leisure Design Award 2009
Veronafiere; International Award Architecture in Stone 2009, Verona,
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,
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
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
The Story As Told by the Executive Builder
Interview by Jon Otterbeck, Publisher
Color photography throughout by internationally acclaimed architectural
Oslo Opera House
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Large size: 290 x 285 mm
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
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
Frede Vestergaard, Weekendavisen
This is certainly Snøhetta’s most significant project
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
heightens experiential and theatrical moments in its design for the
National Opera of Norway in Oslo.
Peter MacKeith, Architectural Record
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.
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