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photoblog image The Oslo Opera House

The Oslo Opera House

 

It's the only opera house in the world where you can walk outside to and on the roof.

Covered with Italian marble and white granite, it appears to arise from the water like an iceberg.

(especially in the fog)

 

Oslo, Norway

 


The Oslo Opera House

 

It's the only opera house in the world where you can walk outside to and on the roof.

Covered with Italian marble and white granite, it appears to arise from the water like an iceberg.

(especially in the fog)

 

Oslo, Norway

 


comments (51)

And there are some cranes in the background, an interesting building to photograph Ginnie, I do like the fog.
Ginnie Hart: The cranes were just for me, Les, I'm sure. smile It is definitely an interesting building, from every angle. Thanks.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Apr 2011, 00:17
Very interesting architecture. I quite like the misty feel.
Ginnie Hart: It doesn't have one bad side of its many, SAVO. smile The first day we saw it, the sun was shining. The day we visited it, 2 days later, it looked like this. Thank you.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 20 Apr 2011, 00:50
this is fascinating smile
Ginnie Hart: You'd definitely want to visit it if you were there, Maria! smile Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Apr 2011, 01:48
I suppose, if the singing is bad, you can walk outside and jump up and down on the roof as a kind of protest...

[grin]
Ginnie Hart: You do have a point, Ray. grin Thanks for the smile.
It is so you Ginnie ......fantastic angles, reflections, fog or mist....and of course....three cranes....a girl after my own heart....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: I threw the cranes in for good measure, Peter, just for you. grin Thank you kindly.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Apr 2011, 04:16
It was great to be there, one day we saw it from the boat and the other day we walked on top of it.
The tour was great.
Wonderful picture, it proves that even fog has it's charm!!
Great angle... and those cranes do make the picture smile
Ginnie Hart: That first day it was sunny and then 2 days later, this! Kinda like The Netherlands. We felt right at home. smile Hartstikke bedankt, MLMA.
  • remla
  • France
  • 20 Apr 2011, 06:29
j'aime cette aspect brumeux
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Rem. We had seen it from afar in sunlight 2 days before. What a difference!
wow, this structure is really splendid!!!! when i went there wasn't sad
Ginnie Hart: It's been quite an addition to the Oslo landscape, Fabrizio, for sure. Grazie.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 20 Apr 2011, 07:00
hmmm, no guard rail, kinda dangerous, but it sure looks nice, i see down the walkway there's someone standing on the edge say 'i can fly!!!' lolol
Ginnie Hart: I've been quite amazed at how many places like this all over Europe have no guard rails, Elaine. You'd never see that in the States. But they have signs warning that walking there is at your own risk. Interestingly, it was not slippery!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Apr 2011, 07:06
Heavens above Ginnie: such grandeur, never seen anything like this before
Ginnie Hart: They're quite proud of this masterpiece, Chris, and rightly so. It was a must for us to see it. We were not disappointed!
It looks an amazing building Ginnie. I couldn't help notice the cranes toosmile
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Bill. The cranes are always a treat for me. But this building sure took the prize! Amazing.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Apr 2011, 07:55
a great photo- and a new class of photography now - I love the different geometrical structures - and the cranes in the misty background!
Ginnie Hart: This entire structure is a study in lines and angles, Philine. You'd love it, as an admirer of great architecture. Bedankt.
I can't imagine people being allowed to do this sort of thing in Britain Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Nor in the States, Stanley. This is true all over Europe, I've discovered...places with no guard rails. But there were signs about walking at your own risk! I guess that's supposed to be enough.
No way would you get me up here Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, come on, Mick. It was a piece of cake. grin Quite something, I must say, to be serious.
One of your best Ginnie from my perspective
Ginnie Hart: Wow, Richard. I take that as a real compliment. Thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Apr 2011, 09:40
'Cranes in the mist'. I have given you a title and now you can write a mystery to fit the title smile A lot of diagonal lines used by the architect.
Ginnie Hart: I'll regard that title for a good book one day, Louis, if I should live so long. smile Thanks.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 20 Apr 2011, 10:20
nice line work in this photo
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Chantal.
What a strange building, no guard rails either.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I know, Brian. Such would be forbidden in the States. But they DO have signs posted that walking there is at your own risk, so I guess they're off the hook?!
A very impressive building Ginnie and very well photographed. Love the fog and the cranes.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Laurette. Hope you have a great Easter weekend!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 20 Apr 2011, 12:08
Wonderful Love all the glass
Ginnie Hart: The glass is definitely part of the beauty of it, Vintage. Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 20 Apr 2011, 13:05
What an interesting looking..modern structure. Love the image!
Ginnie Hart: It's amazing, Marcie. I'll never forget it. One of the best modern structures I have ever seen! Thanks.
Intriguing use of angles, Ginnie, and wonderful perspective. Like how you've caught the girl with her outstretched arms in the distant fog and the person reflected in the glass on the lower level.
Ginnie Hart: This place is still full of surprises for me, Beverly, because I never saw that out-stretched girl till you mentioned her. THANK YOU.
I like the way the people and the cranes both give a sense of scale - but in almost opposite directions!
Ginnie Hart: It's enough to boggle the mind, JP, when I think back on it! Thanks.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 20 Apr 2011, 16:45
super ambiance
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Oscar. Gracias.
Magnifique perspective, Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Olivier. Merci.
Looks as though you had some pretty dreary weather on your trip, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Two days earlier, Tom, the sun was shining on this magnificent structure. So we had a bit of both!
Great angles and colouring, Ginnie. Good composition, too.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Graeme.
There was a special exhibition about this building in London, couple of years ago!

It's a lovely project next to the waterfront.
Best to visit this place in winter, you can ski from the top to the sea! Ha ha...
Ginnie Hart: It really is magnificent, LC. Nothing like it anywhere that I know of. Thanks.
  • Glo
  • United States
  • 20 Apr 2011, 22:18
incredible point of view!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Glo. Almost every place we stood had such a view!
  • Bandoras
  • United States
  • 20 Apr 2011, 22:55
Very interesting image her Ginnie. The lines lead the eyes to the fog and the cranes. I like a lot.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bandoras. You know me and cranes! smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Apr 2011, 23:37
A perfect meeting place, how delightful smile
Ginnie Hart: It really WAS delightful, Cherie. Thank you.
Wow, awesome image of awesome architecture. The fog enhances simplicity and impact.
Ginnie Hart: It has no problem competing with the likes of the Sydney Opera House, in my estimation, Doug! Thanks.
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 21 Apr 2011, 03:25
Wonderful perspective and I love the mist Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Kala.
The fog really does make it look extraordinary.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael. I'm such a fan of foggy images. smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 21 Apr 2011, 05:42
Well shot and superbly composed.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Kanyi. Thank you.
  • tede
  • France
  • 21 Apr 2011, 09:14
Really amazing with this mist, people seem to be very small against the giant architecture. Magnificent shot. Ginnie good day.
Ginnie Hart: There is definitely something majestic about this place, Tede. Merci.
  • Marie
  • France
  • 21 Apr 2011, 09:43
jolie composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marie. Merci.
  • Arash
  • Dubai
  • 21 Apr 2011, 10:03
as a structural engineer loved the modern design here!
You captured the atmosphere very well.
Ginnie Hart: It's one of the best modern designs I've ever seen, Arash. You'd love it. Thanks.
  • didier
  • france
  • 21 Apr 2011, 11:05
une belle profondeur pour cette place !
les differentes hauteurs donnent du volume !smile
Ginnie Hart: It really is quite amazing, Didier. Merci.
  • noel
  • France
  • 21 Apr 2011, 11:30
Great perspective on this picture,your angle is great and gives an idea of the architecture of this place ,the weather wasn't so good it seems
Ginnie Hart: Two days earlier this place was bathed in sunlight, Noel, so we got both sides of the weather story. Not bad. smile Thanks. Merci.
A wonderful composition with lovely mood, atmosphere, tones and sense of scale Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Pavan. Always thank you.
And the cranes still make everything look small, lovely lines and the mist really adds atmosphere smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Linda. It still takes my breath away...and I'm not always a fan of modern architecture! smile
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 21 Apr 2011, 17:21
Fascinating architecture, I like your point of view drawing us in. What caught my eye was the lack of a railing or barrier to keep one from walking off the roof. Architecture like this, (and much of the fascinating architecture in Europe) would not pass the over zealous safety rules here in the U.S. (sigh)
Ginnie Hart: You are exactly right, Rob. I often see such even here in The Netherlands and am amazed. We'd never see no rails in the States. I guess the signs around, about walking at your own risk, are supposed to be sufficient?
Amazing !!! Must have cost a fortune to use marble, especially on a roof. Did you attend any shows in the opera house?
Ginnie Hart: I imagine the entire thing cost a fortune, Elsabe! We didn't attend any shows but we did take the tour, which you can see here:
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2011/04/oslo-opera-house.html
Gives new meaning to living in the concrete jungle, Ginnie! Made all the mysterious with the mists. Very surreal.
Ginnie Hart: This is definitely one modern structure that's enhanced by the mist/fog! Thanks, Alex.
  • Paule
  • United States
  • 21 Apr 2011, 21:21
Cool opera house.

Paule
www.paulepictures.com
www.paulepictures.com/blog
Ginnie Hart: One of the coolest, Paule. smile Thanks.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 22 Apr 2011, 20:57
Cracking shot Ginnie, so much line and detail.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, George. Thank you.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 24 Apr 2011, 18:02
beautiful indeed.. i don't see railings and all that.. does it ice up when cold? it'd make for a great slide.. ;D
Ginnie Hart: You'd never see such a place without railings in the USA, Rian, for sure. All they have are signs telling you that you walk at your own risk. Surprisingly, the surface was not at all slippery for my boots but apparently it can be slippery in some conditions. In that case, I'm guessing there are lots of falls or few people walking! Thanks.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 26 Apr 2011, 12:09
I really like the shape and all the angles on the opera house.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Frida. It really is something they can be proud of.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Apr 2011, 12:32
wow, now I need to go there too ;-)
Ginnie Hart: You'd love it, Petra. The thing is, Oslo is not that far away!
Great composition and a nice atmosphere!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Laurens. Bedankt.

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