Oslo has long had plans to build an aquarium and now one may finally materialize, but at Fornebu, west of the Norwegian capital.
Real estate development firm Selvaag announced this week that it plans to build Northern Europe’s bigget aquarium, on the western waterfront of Fornebu where the old seaplane airport once was located. Fornebu itself was once best known as the site of Oslo’s international airport, before it moved to Gardermoen. The area has been under major redevelopment since.
Selvaag plans to build a 10,000-square-meter aquarium with more than 7 million liters of water. The firm hopes it will attract several hundred thousand visitors a year.
“We think it can become an attraction that visitors will feel they have to see, along with Holmenkollen and the museums on Bygdøy,” said Baard Schumann, chief executive of Selvaag. Now the company just needs politicians to agree and signals are positive. The mayor of Bærum, the municipality in which Fornebu is located, said an aquarium would fit in well with community plans for Fornebu and that Bærum would like to become home to a new national landmark. If all goes as planned, the aquarium could be completed by 2023.