Oslo opens ‘largest bookshelf’ to visitors

It’s been in the works for more than a decade, enduring controversy, unforeseen building problems, budget overruns and a pandemic. On June 18th Oslo’s new main library was finally opening to the public, under the new name Deichman Bjørvika. Close to NOK 2.5 billion has gone into the project, which Oslo’s City government at one […]

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 […]

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, […]