Oslo’s developing waterfront, in a photo collage

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Oslo has been undergoing massive waterfront redevelopment for years, and for better or worse. Some argue the city is being walled in with large and expensive high-rise office and apartment buildings, while others argue the replacement of old industrial areas with commercial and residential projects is providing better access to the fjord.

Construction cranes like these at the emerging Tjuvholmen project illustrate all the waterfront redevelopment going on in Oslo. Construction, and controversy, is likely to continue for another 10 to 20 years. PHOTO: Views and News

Debate continues to rage, not least over projects such as a gondola running from Bjørvika in the eastern harbor up to a controversial sculpture park at Ekeberg, and over plans for  new high-rise Munch Museum next to the Opera House that was meant to anchor the redevelopment of Bjørvika. Many fear the Opera House itself will now be overshadowed, quite literally, by large structures going up around it as state agencies sell off public land at high prices. Private developers thus want to maximize profits through dense, high-rise real estate in prime locations.

Newspaper Aftenposten has published a unique collage of photos portraying the waterfront as it is today from Filipstad in the west to Sørenga and Ekeberg in the east, and it’s also been put out on Aftenposten’s online edition. The text is only in Norwegian, since Aftenposten no longer offers an English service itself, but we hope the following can help Views and News’ readers at least enjoy the images:

Click here (external link) to get to the entry page and then on its blue box, which will open a wide window with all the photos.

Readers can then move their cursors from left to right to see the various photos mounted together to form the collage. There’s also a brown menu bar at the top-left portion of the collage, called “Oslo-panorama,” that can lead the reader directly to various areas along the waterfront: Frognerkilen and Filipstad in the west, then (moving eastwards), Tjuvholmen and Aker Brygge, Rådhuset, (Akershus) Festning, Vippetangen (where the small ferries leave for islands in the Oslo Fjord), Bjørvika (home of Oslo’s Opera House), Sørenga and Ekeberg.

The collage was put together by photographer Trygve Indrelid, multimedia specialist Atle Brunvoll, and Trond Myklebust, who handled layout.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund
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