Oslo is the famous capital of Norway, a destination for all those who love winter and cold cities. It is well known for painter Edvard Munch and for the many legends revolving around the Viking era, a main attraction for the many tourists visiting the Nordic city. The National Gallery, the Munch Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, and the Folkemuseum are just a few examples of the reasons why the city is celebrated globally. But not many know that Oslo is also one of the most beautiful architectural capitals in the world. If you are interested in architecture, it is worth it to spend at least one day dedicated to Oslo’s architectural beauties. You won’t forget it, and I am sure you’ll be thrilled!
The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet
Thinking about architecture in Oslo, the first thing that comes to people’s minds is for sure, The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. The Opera House in Oslo is a real contemporary art masterpiece. It is breathtaking! The building is located in central Oslo, in the Bjorvica neighbourhood, at the very head of the Oslofjord. The Opera House was built by the government, which wanted it to be a landmark for the entire country. The design was developed by Snohetta, who won the international competition in 2000 and completed his work on the Opera House in 2007. The Opera House gets its magnificence from the different materials that was used to build it: white stone, timber, metal and glass. Walking on the rooftop of the building and having a look at the surroundings is a must do! It is the ideal place to take some pictures and fully enjoy Oslo’s panorama. One tip: just be sure to have a jacket with you, the rooftop is extremely windy!
Feast your eyes on the beautiful skyline!
Continuing our architectural tour from the Opera House, it is exactly from the top of it that we have the best view of another amazing construction spectacle: the Oslo skyline. This part of the city, also called “The Barcode” (due to the particular form adopted by the skyscrapers) is one of the newest and experimental areas in the city with regards to architecture. In the last few years, Oslo has, in fact, experienced an increasing number of people moving to the capital, and the new spaces needed brought about the architectural trends to build new apartments and offices in a unique slender and linear way. The best view is absolutely at night, but even during the day it is absolutely a fantastic moment to capture in your pictures and memories.
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
Our next destination is Oslo’s harbor, an amazing walking way full of restaurants and shops. Walking till the end of the area, you will witness another astonishing building: the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. This is a privately owned art gallery founded in 1993, and the new entrance has been recently redesigned in 2012 by the famous Italian architect, Renzo Piano. The museum is famous for his temporary exhibitions and contains international contemporary art masterpieces. Moreover, the outside of the museum is one of the best places in Oslo to admire the sunset: but take note of the time, the sun goes down pretty early around 3.00pm to 4.00pm!
Everyday beauty around the city
Iconic buildings and artworks are not the only marvels in Oslo. It is an interesting experience to just take a walk around the city to see how every building is singular and unique. Every area has a particular style and even normal condos are worth a picture! Walking in Oslo is never boring, day and night, it is always a new experience!
Get enchanted by the magic of Oslo
Oslo is really an architectural paradise, ideal for students and art lovers. Every step you take is a new adventure: you can find beauty all over the city! The Nordic capital will give you an unforgettable and memorable experience. The secrets of the city are just waiting to be discovered by you! Go to Oslo, and you will find magic everywhere!
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