Overview : Oslo is known for its cutting edge architecture, so this is a good tour to introduce the city and get a feel for its excitement over... more »
Oslo is known for its cutting edge architecture, so this is a good tour to introduce the city and get a feel for its excitement over... more » its spectacular new buildings. From two of Europe’s most outstanding 21st-century landmarks – the Oslo Opera House and Renzo Piano’s Astrup Fearnley Museum – this tour leads back through centuries of Oslo construction.
Along with the buildings themselves are museums and galleries where architecture is explored historically, artistically and culturally. The harbor (which the two new icons overlook) is the best place to begin almost any tour of Oslo, and as this one probes deeper inland it leads through streets lined by examples of architecture from various centuries, including a look at how distinguished older buildings have been repurposed to modern uses. less «
Wear comfortable shoes – this tour covers a lot of ground.
Touring the Opera House requires advance ticketing, so it might be good to... more » time the tour around that.
Although the tour begins with the Astrup Fearnley Museet, you might want to admire its architecture, then continue to tour and return another day to do justice to the exhibition galleries. less «
The Astrup Fearnley Museum was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Oslo’s Narud-Stokke-Wiig, as part of the Tjuvholmen Icon Complex, which sits at the edge of the city overlooking the fjord. Its three buildings seem to echo both the land and sea, flowing across canals and along the harbor, its indoor and outdoor art... More spaces linked by bridges and a curving glass roof that echoes sailing ships with its steel columns and cables.
Along with adding to its architectural interest, the glass roof provides exceptional natural lighting for the art inside. Begin here with a coffee under the sweeping glass roof as you admire the setting of both the complex and the city itself, between the water and Norway’s dramatic land. The art collections highlight contemporary and modern works of Norwegian and international artists.
Seniors (65+): 80 NOK
Students: 60 NOK
Children under age 18: free
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday Noon-5pm
Saturday, Sunday 11am—5pm
Phone: +47 22 93 60 60Less
Norway’s National Museum has an entire campus dedicated to architecture, and well it might, since there is almost a national obsession with beautiful buildings and the way they are designed.
Begin with the building itself, which was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The building exemplifies the museum’s theme, with two sections from... More different architectural eras. The 1830 building, designed by Christian H. Grosch, was extended by Sverre Fehn and opened in 2008. Inside, its displays examine not only the great works of modern and contemporary architecture, but their roots in history and those themes that endure throughout the ages. The main thrust is the modernist movement, especially the period between the two world wars. These themes are explored though models, architectural drawings, photographs and other materials from Norwegian architects.
Adults: 50 NOK
Seniors (65+) and students: 30 NOK
Children under age 18: free
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday, Sunday Noon—5pm
Phone: +47 21 98 20 00Less
Stop to see the listed building, a distinguished work dating from 1895, with beautiful old interior features. Admire them at leisure over lunch or a shorter stop for one of their famed cakes and tortes. Pascal’s pastries are consistent award winners, as artistically turned out as the building the café occupies.
Monday-Friday 8am... More–10:30pm
Phone: +47 22 55 00 20Less
The city’s venue for opera, ballet, concerts and recitals is a striking example of Oslo’s dedication to commissioning architectural landmarks. Oslo Opera House was designed by the Norwegian architectural firm of Snøhetta, and was built between 2003 and 2008 at a cost of €500 million. The Wave Wall rises out of the water in a sloping plane, ... Morecreating the impression that the building is part of the shore itself. The symbolic intent is that the building lies at Norway’s gateway to the sea, hence to the world, just as the building is where art meets everyday life.
Combining building elements of stone, timber, metal and glass with structural concrete, the building is one of three that are part of the EU-sponsored ECO-Culture project focusing on energy-efficient cultural buildings. The roof is not only a public observation point, but an open-air performance venue, as well. Tours feature the architecture and glimpses into life backstage.
(Guided tours in English)
Adults: 100 NOK
Students and children: 60 NOK
Tours by advance reservation, Wednesday & Sunday 1pm, Saturday noon (additional tours during holidays)
Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1
Phone: +47 21 42 21 21Less
DogA was created by Norsk Form and the Norwegian Design Council, re-purposing an old transformer station as a place for design and architecture to meet. Hausmanns Gate 16, situated beside the Akerselva river, is listed by the Cultural Heritage Management Office as a group of culturally significant buildings worth preserving. Originally constructed... More in 1898, 1917 and 1948 respecively, they were converted in 2003-2005 by architects Jensen og Skodvin Arkitekter, and have since been awarded the National Building Prize (2006), the City Prize (2007) and St. Olav’s Rose, the hallmark of Norwegian heritage (2008).
DogA provides a venue for architecture and design exhibitions, conferences and meetings. Be sure to stop in its shop for books and other items of interest to those who love fine architecture and design. There is also a café and a restaurant.
Monday & Friday 10am-5pm
In July: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday noon-5pm
Hausmanns Gate 16, Grünerløkka
Phone: +47 23 29 28 70Less
Exploring the relationships between architecture and art, ROM kunst + arkitektur (art + architecture) galleries mount outstanding changing exhibitions. Themes include experimental architecture, utopian and visionary architecture, urban forces and socio-political influences, architectural ideologies, architectural inspirations from art, and... More architecture as it is represented in art. For example, a recent exhibition showed the works of Hélène Binet, one of the world’s leading architectural photographers.
Phone: +47 22 20 88 86 or +47 22 20 88 87Less