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The citys flagship piece of contemporary architecture the opera house has become a striking symbol of the citys architectural renaissance a symphony of white granite aluminium and glass composed of intersecting planes angling skywards above the water its a building that plays geometrical games with the eye and is designed to make maximum use of its stunning fjordside setting. Oslo or kristiania as the town was called from 1624 to 1924 also needed a new representative city hall and the idea of a location by the fjord in pipervika bay was first suggested in 1908 a city hall here would involve a major rebuilding of the suburb of pipervika originally a fishermans village outside the city proper which had been incorporated into the town structure during the . Tour guide programs welcome to oslo europes fastest growing capital our guided tours show you the best of oslo architecture presented in a historical and cultural context new housing in bjrvika guide a architectural guiding in norway. Oslo is loaded with architectural gems designed by old domestic architectural masters as well as international iconic stars therefore we wanted to make an architectural travel guide to oslo showing that the norwegian capital has it all oslo has several iconic buildings of high international standard from the snhettas new opera to the tourist magnet . Guides oslo architectural guide oslo architectural guide once known only for its natural surroundings oslo is now firmly on the map for its architecture contemporary showpieces such as renzo pianos astrup fearnley museum snhettas iconic opera house and the barcode project line its new waterfront