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An iceberg of marble, glass and metal
7/19/2010

The new opera house in Oslo has long since become an internationally famous symbol for a new architectural dialectics for this genre of building. It is restraint that makes the edifice stand out: this is not a magnificent structure that boasts loud, over-ornamented gestures. Not so much a building it is more like an urbane, and seemingly mobile landscape, which in the manner of an iceberg has docked in the fjord just outside the Norwegian capital. And this iceberg can be walked through and experienced - up to the ceiling.

The architects from the Norwegian studio Snøhetta structured the outer appearance of the opera house into three distinct levels that contrast sharply as regards material: The bright, gleaming Carrara marble extends in irregular textures across the entire surface of the volume, which is cut through seemingly arbitrarily by sharp-edged sapphire blue glass facades. The roof of the "iceberg" accommodates the electrical control center. The cube shaped structure is enveloped in perforated and irregularly embossed metal sheets that change color when the sunlight shines on them.

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New Opera house, Oslo, Norway | Photo © Jan Passoth; composition © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
New Opera house, Oslo, Norway | Photo © Jan Passoth; composition © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark