Oslo Opera House: the complete opposite of the usual “please don’t touch” culture

The Norwegian nature is free for everyone to walk in, and the Oslo Opera House, which opened in 2008, was built as an extension to this idea.

Usually, you are likely to be arrested if you walk on rooftops. This new building in the very epicentre of the capital of Norway feels like the complete opposite of the usual “Please don’t touch” culture tourists are often met with worldwide.

The subtle variations in the structure of the marble-embellished roof is signed by Norwegian artists Kristian Blystad, Kalle Grude and Jorunn Sannes, and is truly a beautiful surface meant to be stepped on.

So, feel free to touch what you want but please keep in mind that under your feet there are three highly differently designed scenes, a myriad of public rooms and halls to explore, and a vibrant workplace for more than 600 opera and ballet professionals.

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