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70s aesthetics were just waiting for 00s material science and CAD to be fully realized, I guess.

Posted by Fnarf | April 23, 2008 1:20 PM

It is an impressive building in person, I must say.

But what you say about this building can pretty much apply to any other work of architectural masturbation in any other city. What about, say, the Central Library connotes books? What about the Guggenheim says art? This building could be an American embassy, an office building, a government building, a recreation center.

Posted by bma | April 23, 2008 1:23 PM

The only good things from Norway are girls and electric cars sold in the USA starting this fall ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 23, 2008 1:48 PM

Nice to know that Oslo welcomes its new Cylon Overlords....

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 23, 2008 2:01 PM

@2: what about this building connotes baskets?
the outside must reveal the program of the inside? that's pretty literal, don't you think?

as long as i can walk up that roof, i'm good with it.

Posted by max solomon | April 23, 2008 3:17 PM

The building was built to be able to host Operas so that it puts Norway on the map as far as being a place to now go see Opera. Opera houses have traditionally been over the top with color and spectacle but when the lights go down all the focus is on the Opera being preformed. People will not be walking around the lobby looking at the building during the performance when they have come to see an Opera. They can do what people usually do at the Opera and that is look around during intermission.
Putting it simpler Charles. No.

Posted by -B- | April 23, 2008 6:59 PM


Architecture does not work that way. It's something most people experience on a very subtle, almost subconscious level.

Don't let the architects' own pretentiousness get to you. Their work is always in the background of its function.

Posted by k | April 23, 2008 10:59 PM

"a staggering wealth of colors and materials"

Huh? The interior seems to be exclusively wood panelling and austere white spaces. And orangey seats.

Maybe post BEFORE the acid next time?

Posted by banjoboy | April 24, 2008 1:06 AM

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