New Munch Museum is ready to rise

PHOTO FEATURE: Crown Princess Mette-Marit was called upon Friday to lay the cornerstone for the new Munch Museum that finally is being built on Oslo’s eastern waterfront at Bjørvika. After years of debate and delays, top city and state officials said it was an “historic day” not only for Oslo, but for the country and […]

Munch Museum’s fate back in doubt

New questions are flying around Oslo’s major investment in a new museum to house the art of its most famous artist, Edvard Munch. Some politicians are still trying to block the project, making others wonder whether a new Munch Museum on the city’s eastern waterfront will actually be built. The existing Munch Museum, criticized for years as […]

Oslo to build its troubled library

Oslo’s new city government has decided to move forward with troubled plans to build a new public library at its leakage-plagued site on the eastern waterfront at Bjørvika. The project still faces huge budget overruns and expensive operation in the future, however, so the library will have to share the building with business tenants who can provide […]

Costs soar for new Munch Museum

Just weeks after ground was broken for the new Munch Museum on Oslo’s eastern waterfront, estimates of projected operating costs at the new museum have soared. Budgets submitted to the City of Oslo suggest costs will triple. With a lease rate of NOK 100 million a year, a need for 90 security guards and more employees at the new museum, […]

Library literally stuck in the mud

One of the first major problems facing Oslo’s new Labour-led city government is the highly troubled construction of a new main public library. The entire project has come to a standstill and is already nearly NOK 400 million over budget, after the prior government insisted on building the library on a muddy site near the Opera House. It was supposed […]

Redevelopment yields treasures

The ongoing redevelopment of Oslo’s waterfront, along with several nearby highway and railroad improvement projects, has led to one of Norway’s biggest archaeological excavations ever. The treasures and knowledge that continue to be unearthed are reaching “epic” proportions, according to archaeologists involved. On Monday came news of the discovery of a perfectly intact 23-carat gold ring with a […]

Mud challenges harbour projects

Two of the landmark projects planned for Oslo’s eastern waterfront – a new Munch Museum and a new city library – are suddenly threatened by muddy foundations. The library project is already delayed and running way over budget, because builders have to keep pumping water out of the unstable mud on which it’s sitting. The Oslo City Council […]

Munch jubilee put museum on a roll

Last year’s celebrations of Norway’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch, have proven to be a huge success, boosting prospects for the new Munch Museum planned for Oslo’s waterfront. The good times have kept rolling this year, even though estimated costs of a new Munch Museum have risen. The final numbers are in after last year’s […]

Construction project challenges Opera House

Construction began last week on Oslo’s new central library in Bjørvika, on the capital’s eastern waterfront. The project marks the launch of yet another round of both pedestrian and vehicular traffic disruption in the area that will be “very demanding” according to the head of the neighbouring Opera House. City developers celebrated the groundbreaking for […]

Library prepares for major move

With Oslo’s brand-new main public library soon to be built near the Opera House at Bjørvika, the current library, which was damaged during the July 22 bombing in 2011, is already preparing for the move and shelving some of its book collection. Construction of the new Deichmanske Library, named for its original benefactor Carl Deichman in 1780, […]