Bjørvika battle put on ice, for now

Oslo’s new city government wants to rezone the last remaining waterfront property at Bjørvika known as Sukkerbiten, to spare it from more building and keep it open to the public as a park. It marks a major, if conditional, victory for activists who strongly oppose plans to erect yet another “landmark” building in the area […]

Summer in the City hasn’t ended yet

PHOTO FEATURE: Schools are back in session and Norway’s official summer holiday period is long over, but the weather suggests otherwise. State meteorologists are forecasting another heat wave of sorts, and folks were already out enjoying sunshine and warmth over the weekend. Oslo residents flocked to the waterfront again on Sunday, and many dove right […]

Opera celebrates its first 10 years

The Norwegian Opera and Ballet were tuning up for celebrations on Thursday to mark 10 years since the Opera House opened in Oslo on April 12, 2008. The partying was due to continue through the weekend. The Opera House, designed by Oslo-based architectural firm Snøhetta, instantly became a landmark when it opened, and an anchor […]

New Munch Museum rises in ‘New Oslo’

PHOTO FEATURE: Oslo’s new Munch Museum is now rising on the eastern waterfront of the Norwegian capital, influencing the city’s landscape in line with the impact of Edvard Munch’s art. The new museum is further shaping “The New Oslo” through a burst of construction that, like the spring season itself, is bursting out all over. Oslo’s […]

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 […]