Multi-purpose design: Oslo Opera House

Winning several contemporary architecture awards, the Oslo Opera House is a fantastic piece of modern urban design. It combines style and functionality to perfection and is one of the most interesting and enjoyable buildings I’ve visited anywhere in the world.

Not only the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, the building itself is a city attraction in it’s own right. Aesthetically it mimics the icy Norwegian landscape wonderfully, but what I found most appealing was the interactivity it offers. The design is such that the public can freely walk all over it’s surface, all the way up to the top of the roof, giving marvellous panoramic views of Oslo. There is actually a real sense of ‘fun’ when you climb all over a building such as this, and the views are stunning. It’s also a very relaxing and peaceful place by the water away from much of the city noise. The roof has also been designed with angles and paving materials conducive to skateboarding. That’s right, skateboarding is encouraged on top of the Opera House! The interior comprises exquisite shapes and acoustics, and exhibits a number of contemporary artworks. The most famous piece of artwork at the site, She Lies, is a glass sculpture which floats permanently in the adjacent fjord.

Combining style, functionality, interactivity, atmosphere, and panoramic views like no other, Tarald Lundevall’s Oslo Opera House is a fine example of modern urban architecture. Perhaps this kind of multi-purpose design is something we will see more of in cities of the future.

The entrance to Oslo Opera House
The entrance to Oslo Opera House
She Lies - Monica Bonvicini
She Lies – Monica Bonvicini

Images courtesy of Billy Haworth.

This post originally appeared on urban culture and trends blog Trending City.