the pantone of the opera

Marble white and sky blue.

The sun’s out today so Knut and I decided to whip our sunglasses out and walk towards the yet-to-open National Opera House at Bjørvika. Like a submarine rising out of a calm sea or a Titanic slowly descending into the abyss, the new Opera House, however you view it blends perfectly into its new-found background. Until now, the Opera was housed in a building in the middle of the city center. With its new harbour location, the National Opera House allows the public to bask under the sun on days like today by its sloping grounds. As the project architect once quipped, “we wanted people to walk on the building like a magic carpet and see the fjord unroll in front of them.”

Here are pics, lots of it! Haha!












It was fun!


26 Responses to “the pantone of the opera”

  1. 1 r*yan March 17, 2008 at 12:54 am

    love the photography.

    especially the ones with that spunk rat in the black. grrr. ;P


  2. 2 freshmess March 17, 2008 at 2:20 am

    do i hear a meow? hahaha! nice to hear from you again, r*yan!

  3. 3 Dazed March 17, 2008 at 6:45 am

    That’s what I like about European Architecture – simple lines, yet shaped in a way that makes it visually interesting at any angle. I remember back how I’d stop at every other building in Rotterdam just to admire the architecture. You’re lucky to live in a country that’s got lots of that.

  4. 4 freshmess March 17, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Spot on, Dazed. And you should see the new logo of the Opera House – a sloping white line on a black background – reflective of the architecture. So simple, yet spot on. You’ll find it here –

  5. 5 Moja March 18, 2008 at 9:12 am

    And its TOO HOT here in Manila!! Argh!!!

  6. 6 freshmess March 18, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    We’d die to have a Manila temperature right now, Moj! :)

  7. 7 RennyBA March 19, 2008 at 1:53 am

    So you beat me this time with a post about Oslo, Norway’s new Opera House :lol:

    This was a great documentation – lovely pictures of the house, the architecture and the both of you. Lovely to see it all in such a great sunshine too – hope the weather last through the easter holliday – wishing you a good one!

  8. 8 Fendi March 19, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    the candid Photo of your jumping so love.. couldn’
    t keep my eyes away from the shoes! :)

    And the Opera house looks like the one in Arctic Circle the one underwater..or is it underwater?


    Anway dear, Kindly change the achor text from KISS FENDI to FENDI in your blogroll?


  9. 9 Fendi March 19, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    anyway..i 4got… who’s he?

    Heermmm,,, BF? :=)


  10. 10 freshmess March 20, 2008 at 3:11 am

    Hey Fendi! I love these shoes, they’re super comfy and colorful! Hahaha! I’m guessing it’s the seed vault built into a mountain you’re referring to? And yeah, you’re right about that, ehem. Hehehe. Ok, updating my link!

  11. 11 Chase Ravndal March 20, 2008 at 4:46 am

    Darling I really love the series of photos you took and especially your whole get up as well. As I said on Facebook it’s fierce gurl! Anyway, I was thinking of wearing Barong Tagalog but then Odd also like that I will wear bunad.

  12. 12 Fendi March 20, 2008 at 5:40 am

    @ Freshmess : yeah! ahemmmm! aheemm! OMG! you look like my ex Fil-Finnish bf. hehehe! Ahuuuyy slurp missing him..

    @ Chase : not gonna wear Bridal gown honey? not gonna be a bridzilla?!!! :)

  13. 13 Paul March 20, 2008 at 6:24 am

    Whoa the building is so avant-garde I don’t even know if you’re on the roof or the floor!

  14. 14 freshmess March 20, 2008 at 11:45 am

    @ Chase – Thanks! Ooooh, bunad is wicked! And darn expensive, too! I want one myself!

    @ Fendi – Whoa, Fil-Finnish? I’ve never heard of someone with that lineage. He must be goodlooking then, LOL!

    @ Paul – It’s the roof, I believe. Or is it the floor? No, it’s the roof. Wait, it’s the floor! LOL!

  15. 15 pepe March 20, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    you obviously have the best life ever!
    saraaaaaaap naman dyan!

  16. 16 Chase Ravndal March 20, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    @Fendi – I am not going to be a bridezilla hehehehe. No gowns for me as well!

    @Mark – yeah it is damn expensive but I do want one heheheheh! But I was also thinking of wearing just a suit and tie the works you know

  17. 17 Fendi March 20, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    @ Mark: Yes not only goodlooking but really tasty! hehehe… Believe me honey! ;) Mixed of Finnish meatballs and adobo . :)

    @ Chase: whooho.. so .i wish i had gown but too late have one that time..hehehe.. Gown from Monique L! Go gurl….Have fun the the Phils atleast… try mo Pinoy flavor. :)


  18. 18 NM March 20, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    This reminded me of CCP, in the distant future. And my mind is saying, “editorial, editorial, editorial!” Ahluvset!

  19. 19 freshmess March 21, 2008 at 12:30 am

    @ Pepe – whoa, where did that come from? :)

    @ Chase – i’m sure you’ll look your best in any case. are you and odd gonna get matching suits? oooh, dandy!

    @ Fendi – haha! should i say herring in adobo sauce? haven’t trief a fin-fil so i couldn’t tell, bet it was extraordinaire.

    @ NM – i can see the similarity! haha on the eternal work-thinking cap!

  20. 20 Crazy Sam March 22, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Ahem.. new entry here. :s
    Those photos are really beautiful. Especially the ones where you guys are jumping, that’s so cool!

  21. 21 freshmess March 23, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Hello, Crazy Sam, and welcome! Thanks for the kind words. :)

  22. 22 Chase Ravndal March 24, 2008 at 4:04 am

    @Fendi – Oh I am so loyal to my darling Odd. I am not going to be distracted while being away from him. Anyway, as you get mature all penises are just the same. Hehehehhehe

    @Mark – well if we are going to wear bunad, I’ll be wearing one from Bergen while Odd wears an Østlandsk bunad. But I was also thinking of matching suits that will be nice too!

  23. 23 freshmess March 24, 2008 at 4:38 am

    Hahaha! Love the outlook on penises as one gets older. :) And if I’d have to get one, I’ll get an Oslo bunad of course. :)

  24. 24 Chase Ravndal March 25, 2008 at 1:13 am

    @freshmess – btw, what camera are you using to take these wonderful photos? It’s so professionaly done!

  25. 25 freshmess March 25, 2008 at 1:25 am

    I’m using my Panasonic DMC TZ1 camera, Chase! And a good photo editor. :)

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