AGC: Oslo’s Opera House, An Iceberg In The Norwegian Fjord

The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo is the winner of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies Van der Rohe* Award 2009 Architect: SnøhettaGlass: AGC - Stopray Safir  Inaugurated several months ago, this fantastic building is intended to make opera, ballet and symphonic music more accessible to members of the public. “We wanted to create open, inviting architecture”, explained Snøhetta Project Manager Simon Ewings. “The key elements of the design are its marble-clad roof rising out of the fjord, which allows visitors to walk all over the building, and the building’s glazed sides, which connect the people inside and outside the building”, he added.  Snøhetta chose Stopray Safir for this very special project for a number of reasons.

Firstly, its aesthetic appeal links the land with the sea and opens up the space inside and outside the building for visitors walking around the whole site. Secondly, this glass combines high insulation with a great solar factor, perfect for the Norwegian climate.


*Biennial Mies Van der Rohe prizes are amongst the most prestigious international architectural awards.
AGC Flat Glass Europe, a European leader in flat glass

AGC Flat Glass Europe makes and processes flat glass for the construction industry (exterior glazing and interior decorative glass) and specialist sectors. Based in Brussels, Belgium, it is the European branch of AGC Flat Glass, the world’s leading producer of flat glass.


Its baseline – ‘Glass Unlimited’ - reflects the possibilities and scope offered by: glass as a material that meets a growing range of requirements (comfort, energy control, health & safety, appearance);its production facilities comprising 18 float glass plants and some 100 processing units located throughout greater Europe, from Spain to Russia;its worldwide marketing network;its new applications resulting from ongoing R&D in advanced glass technology;the resources of its personnel motivated by a shared desire for excellence.AGC Flat Glass Europe currently employs around 10,600 people.
For more information, go to (corporate site) and (site specifically for construction glass).
For more information, contact:
AGC Flat Glass Europe
Sandra Diaz
Tel: +32 (0)2 674 30 83

AGC Flat Glass UK
Andrea Marston
Tel: 017 88 53 53 53
For UK Press enquiries:
Lesley Hancock
Tel: 01 403 23 02 00

600450 AGC: Oslo’s Opera House, An Iceberg In The Norwegian Fjord
Date: 1 September 2009
Source: AGC Flat Glass Europe

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