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Oslo Architecture

Explore the exciting world of contemorary architecture in a city obsessed with creating architectural landmarks
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.9 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  Oslo is known for its cutting edge architecture, so this is a good tour to introduce the city and get a feel for its excitement over... more »

Tips:  Wear comfortable shoes – this tour covers a lot of ground.

Touring the Opera House requires advance ticketing, so it might be good to... more »

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Points of Interest

The Astrup Fearnley Museum was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Oslo’s Narud-Stokke-Wiig, as part of the Tjuvholmen Icon Complex, which sits at the edge of the city overlooking the fjord. Its three buildings seem to echo both the land and sea, flowing across canals and along the harbor, its indoor and outdoor art... More

Norway’s National Museum has an entire campus dedicated to architecture, and well it might, since there is almost a national obsession with beautiful buildings and the way they are designed.

Begin with the building itself, which was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The building exemplifies the museum’s theme, with two sections from... More

Stop to see the listed building, a distinguished work dating from 1895, with beautiful old interior features. Admire them at leisure over lunch or a shorter stop for one of their famed cakes and tortes. Pascal’s pastries are consistent award winners, as artistically turned out as the building the café occupies.
Monday-Friday 8am–10... More

The city’s venue for opera, ballet, concerts and recitals is a striking example of Oslo’s dedication to commissioning architectural landmarks. Oslo Opera House was designed by the Norwegian architectural firm of Snøhetta, and was built between 2003 and 2008 at a cost of €500 million. The Wave Wall rises out of the water in a sloping plane,... More

DogA was created by Norsk Form and the Norwegian Design Council, re-purposing an old transformer station as a place for design and architecture to meet. Hausmanns Gate 16, situated beside the Akerselva river, is listed by the Cultural Heritage Management Office as a group of culturally significant buildings worth preserving. Originally constructed... More

6. ROM kunst + arkitektur (art + architecture)

Exploring the relationships between architecture and art, ROM kunst + arkitektur (art + architecture) galleries mount outstanding changing exhibitions. Themes include experimental architecture, utopian and visionary architecture, urban forces and socio-political influences, architectural ideologies, architectural inspirations from art, and... More