Oslo, the capital city of Norway, could be considered the meeting point between contemporary architecture and nature. The result of human genius combined with the magnificence of an untouched landscape.
In fact, the contemporary monuments don’t disturb nature but become part of the whole landscape. Here you can always find green areas, parks, trees, and sometimes, artificial rivers placed in a courtyard or between some modern palace.
Let’s take a better look at these beautiful buildings!
Discover the best of the architectural avantgarde in Oslo, Norway
One of the most representative spots for contemporary architecture in Oslo is located in Dronning Eufemias Gate, just a 2 minute walk from the Oslo Central Station (Oslo S) and right in front of the Opera Huset (Opera House).
Here you will be astonished by a pleasant walk through contemporary architectural masterpieces, a sequence of palaces with different functions, shapes and the creative use of materials. In the picture above you can see one of the better examples: two high skyscrapers characterized by a captivating design and the presence of a beautiful bridge right in the center.
These buildings are part of the Barcode Project, which is an urban design project consisting of a group of skyscrapers whose combination of shapes and materials gives a complex and refined effect
Enjoy a pleasant walk along a frozen lake
Right after the Barcode Project, following the tram railways you will find the Middelalderparken (Medieval Park), a tiny, nice green area characterized by the presence of a lake and the ruins of St. Mary’s Church. Indeed, in this area lays the ruins of the old town and for this reason new buildings are not permitted. Enjoy a walk along the lake and find an old industrial building and the ruins of St. Mary’s Church.
Saint Mary’s Church was built in about 1050 and it was just a simple stave church. After 50 years, this earlier church was replaced with a brick church that was supposedly one of the most beautiful churches in Norway during the 1300s. It has been renovated many times until a huge fire damaged the structure in 1534.
As you can see in the picture the lake is entirely froze in the winter.
Find a beautiful panorama and human carvings dating back 4,000 B.C
Once you have visited the Middelalderparken (Medieval Park) you are ready for your next stop. Ekeberg Park is a forested park where you can find many species of flora and fauna. Get off at the Ekeberg Park stop for the line 18 or 19 tram to see a beautiful panorama of the Oslo Fjord. From the Ekeberg Park tram stop you will also find the Palace of the Naval Public High School located on a plateau. Along the left side of the palace you can find some carvings dating back 4,000 B.C. These Bronze Age carvings depict scenes of hunting, humans, old weapons, and animals.
Enjoy these hidden spots in Oslo
The route going from Dronning Eufemias Gate until the Ekeberg area is certainly an uncommon trip destination. Here you can have a pleasant walk while avoiding the noise of mainstream tourism. Oslo is a city full of surprises that offers all of the comfort of contemporary architecture and the charm of prehistoric carvings dating back 4,000 B.C.
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