I studied architecture in university. Having done so, I have this thing for pretty buildings. I may not bleed the craft as much as I ought to, but when I see a piece of work that’s so thoughtfully and creatively put together, I get the tingles and remember why I chose to study architecture in the first place.
To be honest, I didn’t have anything planned out for the three days that I was in Oslo. I was so focused on the latter part of my itinerary further north which was only happening four days into the trip, that I thought of this city as a mere stopover. When I arrived, a lot of the streets were undergoing upgrading works and construction was going on in most of the waterside areas of the city. It didn’t really help to increase my affection for the city (also, it was surprisingly difficult to stumble upon a grocery and maaaaan, it was expensive to eat in Oslo). The only thing certain was that I had to see the Oslo Opera House (a gem of a building designed by Norwegian design firm Snøhetta), and if I did finally see it, then I would consider my Oslo leg of the trip successful and well-spent.
But being in Scandinavia, one realizes that one is pretty much in Design Central and almost everything you come across is, more often than not, nicely done. Heck, my hostel was pretty. The Barcode skyline as you pull into Oslo Sentralstasjon is delightfully weird and mismatched, but in coming together, the different facades make sense. The newer bits of the city near the Astrup Fearnley Museum (designed by Renzo Piano) is interesting to walk through. The Vulkan, where they’re building a new district, is coming up nicely. The older buildings are brightly painted in yellows and reds, and timber in and on buildings is always such a treat.
By the end of the trip, I’d gone back to the Opera House three or four times, among other things I did and places I visited. Suffice it to say that I massively enjoyed Oslo, and more than anything, the city had somewhat rekindled my love for architecture.
Photos were taken with a Fujifilm x100s // post-processed in Photoshop