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Oslo Opera House
Dance with the artforms
Mies VDR, November 22, 2010
Oslo Opera House_Snøhetta AS/Gerald Zugmann
Oslo Opera House_Snøhetta AS/Gerald Zugmann
 
Oslo Opera House_Snøhetta AS/Roof_by_night_photo_Erik_Berg
Oslo Opera House_Snøhetta AS/Roof_by_night_photo_Erik_Berg
 
The competion brief stated that the operahouse should be of high architectural quality and should be monumental in it’s expression. One idea stood out as a legitimation of this monumentality: The concept of togetherness, joint ownership, easy and open access for all. To achieve a monumentality based on these notions we wished to make the opera accessible in the widest possible sense, by laying out a ‘carpet’ of horizontal and sloping surfaces on top of the building. This carpet has been given an articulated form, related to the cityscape. Monumentality is achieved through horizontal extension and not verticality. The conceptual basis of the competition, and the final building, is a combination of thes three elements – The wave wall, the factory and the carpet.


Oslo Opera House_Snøhetta AS/Jiri Havran
Oslo Opera House_Snøhetta AS/Jiri Havran
 
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