|Historic day at the Opera|
| [30.08.2007, 10:57pm, Thu. GMT]|
|Thousands of Norwegians took a special stroll on Sunday, swapping an ordinary walk in the woods for a chance to wander around the roof of Oslo's new Opera House. The Opera House is still under construction, and not due to open until April 12 of next year. The state officials developing the project, however, decided to host an unusual open house on top of the Opera House. The building, designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, is covered in Italian marble that was glistening white in Sunday's bright sunshine. Some Norwegians said they missed their skis, jokingly comparing their tour up to the highest level of the Opera's roof to a spring ski trip over mountain plateaus."It's steeper than it looks, but it fortunately wasn't as slippery as I thought it might be," visitor Reidun Berger told newspaper Aftenposten. "I almost wanted to ski back down again."|
The new Opera House is the centerpiece for planned redevelopment of Oslo's inner harbour east of the Akershus Fortress & Castle. State officials were anxious to show it off and drum up public interest, and they offered free boat tours of the area that will feature new residential aond commercial real estate projects within the next decade.
Visitors were also allowed to walk on top of fabricated sections of a new tunnel system that will run under the area, to divert traffic away from the current E-18 highway that now cuts off the Opera from the rest of downtown.