Not only is this a beautiful place to see the national opera and ballet companies, the space is what the architects call an 'open house'. This means its open to the public essentially all the time. Go have a coffee in the lobby, walk up the ramp to the rooftop and enjoy the view, or sit literally at the waters edge. There are also outdoor concerts on the roof and in a floating stage.... rock, jazz, Shakespeare....everything.
Anyway, I think the WOW factor is definitely there... hope it comes across in my photos!
These shots courtesy of the Opera House:
And these courtesy of my camera:
(The Guggenheim done Nordic style...indoors and in wood!)
There are numerous elements that have been comissioned by artists, such as the stage curtain by Pae White (an American) which was woven to look like crumpled foil. This is ACTUALLY all MATTE COTTON...:
And the 'Other Wall' by Olafur Eliasson from Iceland. This pierced and lit wall clads the services areas (such as the cool bathrooms...sorry no pics, you have to visit!) in the lobby:
Here you can see the colored lights to greater effect, thanks Papafrezzo:
And the sculpture (which many Norwegians don't particularly care for) just outside the Opera House by Monica Bonvicini. Must be left-over annoyance from the whole Italian marble thing...I kind of like this too, looks to me like an iceberg....don't tell the Norwegians I like this one either please:
2. OLD IN THE COUNTRYWell, anyone who likes country charm, step right up. This amazing house is located on a small island in the Oslo fjord, belongs to a good friend of the family's who also happens to be the Queen's gardener. Needless to say I had to include some photos of the garden. He is a genius with dirt and bulbs, that’s for sure. But not too bad on the interior either. The thing that always strikes me in Norway, is the effortless charm that so many houses are able to conjure. Nothing looks staged or dressed, just casual, easy and simply oozing charm. After visiting his house this time around, I had my very first desire to move far from any large city and find a quite spot with an old farmhouse and well, hire a great gardener. Please enjoy:
The main house:
The garden (of Eden):
The Interiors: There is no formal living room, just a very large dining room, a working kitchen, a fabulous library, and a small enclosed porch, perfect for four.
Upstairs, two charming bedrooms:
With equally charming views: