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 to rise as planned

Overriding another sudden outburst of opposition, Oslo’s new city government has declared that it will move forward with construction of a new high-rise Munch Museum on the city’s eastern waterfront as planned. A last-ditch effort to expand the existing Munch Museum at Tøyen instead has been rejected. “Now we’re counting on the museum opening at Bjørvika in […]

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 […]

Ground broken for new Munch Museum

City officials in Oslo called it “a great day” in the history of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, when they held groundbreaking ceremonies on Tuesday for the new Munch Museum set to rise next to the state Opera House on the city’s eastern waterfront. “The Munch Museum will come to be one of Northern Europe’s most […]

Skeptics emerge around new concert house plans

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” the mayor of Tønsberg, Per Martin Aamodt, reminded his political colleagues in Oslo after two hotel developers offered to build a new concert house last week. In return, they want approval for an adjacent hotel and conference center on the city’s most attractive remaining waterfront location at Filipstad. The concert […]

Groundbreaking looms for new Munch Museum

Oslo city officials announced at a city council committee meeting this week that site preparation and construction will proceed as planned this fall on a new Munch Museum at Bjørvika, next to the Opera House. Contracts are due to be signed with the builders by the end of the month. The project is set to […]

New concert hall floated for Oslo

Two wealthy hotel and real estate tycoons are offering to build a new concert hall at Filipstad on Oslo’s western waterfront. In return, they want permission to develop the prime location into a new hotel and conference center just across from the new and upscale Tjuvholmen residential and commercial complex. Petter Stordalen already has invested heavily at […]

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 […]

Majority hails new Munch Museum

More than half of Norwegians surveyed in a new public opinion poll were glad and relieved that Oslo’s city government finally agreed this week on a site and design for a new Munch Museum. Others, including many in the tourism business, were thrilled. They think the new museum will attract thousands of new visitors to […]

‘Historic day for Oslo,’ not for Frp

A city government compromise that clears the way for construction of a new Munch Museum at Bjørvika in Oslo was being hailed as “historic” on Tuesday. It led, though, to immediate retaliation from the Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, Frp), which had tried to block the Bjørvika alternative and now may block the entire city budget. Carl […]