A while back I visited my friend Mike who works at Snohetta in Manhattan. This is one of their most popular projects. What I like about the Oslo Opera House is that the building is part of the landscape. The ground continues up onto the roof of the building as a place to sit and enjoy the view and also as a skateboard park. Many of Snohetta’s projects have multifaceted angular shapes that do not seem contrived. The complicated shapes result from many different decisions during design rather than forcing the design to fit into a particularly shaped envelope.
I never had a chance to share the photos from my visit to their office, so here they are: