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sunday snapshots

With above zero temperatures this Sunday, we decided to explore a little bit of the city, particularly the development area of harbour district Bjørvika. On the way there, we stopped by the Opera House.

If you’ll remember, the Norwegian Opera House won the 2009 Mies van Der Rohe Award (European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture). There’s an ongoing exhibit at the National Museum of the 48 finalists for the award, so if you’re in Oslo do check it out. The exhibit runs until April 11, 2010.

One of the founding buildings at the Barcode project in Bjørvika is the PriceWaterhouseCoopers building. I spotted this huge steel pillar with etched anthuriums so I had to pose next to it.

The Bjørvika redevelopment area is right next to the old town, which has been a subject of debate among city developers and constituents but I don’t wanna go there. So after a quick survey of all the construction projects in Bjørvika, we swung by the old town. Look at all those graffiti. Not pretty!

We saw a graveyard of  road signs on the way home. Now where do the lost ones go?

And looking back, we saw an Oslo on the rise. I like how I’ve captured that bridge in construction and the newly opened Holmenkollen ski jump tower in the background. The steel and glass Radisson Blu hotel dwarfs the dome and spire of the Oslo Cathedral. That’s old and new for you.

Happy Sunday!

wintertime in the city

So I had my camera with me today. After work, I took the bus and got off at the National Theater station and decided to walk to where I’d meet up with Knut for a tapas dinner. Along the way, I played tourist and took shots of Oslo in the wintertime. I realized I haven’t done it yet this year. Today is the mildest, at -4°c to -2°c, in a long bout of subzero temperatures. So the snow on the ground turned into slush, poor Dolce boots.

Anyway, here’s Oslo today.

By the National Theater

Skating rink on Spikersuppa

Karl Johan between the National Theater and the Parliament Building

The Royal Palace at one end of Karl Johan

The Grand Hotel on Karl Johan

The Parliament Building

Parliament Square, locally known as Dasslokket after the underground toilets in the middle of the square

Alice in (Winter) Wonderland? Her legs are inside the manhole.

New shopping center Eger, which stocks Helmut Lang, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and J.Lindeberg among others. Oslo’s first Nespresso boutique is also located here.

Egertorget (Eger Square) with the landmark Freia (chocolate-maker) neon sign and clock display.

Oslo’s first and only Hermes boutique, at the first floor of luxury department store Steen & Strøm.

The Oslo Cathedral

Stortorvet or the Grand Square

King Christian IV on Stortorvet

We are leaving Oslo tomorrow morning on an emergency trip to middle Norway. We were able to book train tickets and hotel room tonight. I hope things will go well…

Have a nice weekend guys!

oh, kate

What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening?

Myth Sphinx (Kate Moss) by Marc Quinn. For viewing outside the Folketeateret, Oslo’s largest stage for music and theatre.

it’s christmastime at LV!

This year’s holiday window display at the Louis Vuitton Oslo boutique features monograms, fleurs, and trunks in bright and colorful light installations. Spotted on display are the Neverfull tote in Damier canvas, Sarah wallet and Gina sunglasses in Pomme d’Amour, and Fluffy Flat half boot in lambskin.

I also spotted the Monogram Miroir Sac Plat in gold inside the store, sitting in all its shining glory inside a glass vitrine. I wonder who’s bringing it home for Christmas?

one night with obama

Tonight I got to see Barack Obama!

The American president is in Oslo for one night only to receive his Nobel Peace Prize. The award is given every year in the Norwegian capital. An event like this certainly creates excitement over the city and not one to miss it, Knut and I headed to the Grand Hotel to witness Barack and Michelle Obama greet the crowd from the balcony. For more than two minutes, they stood there and waved to a 10,00015,000-strong crowd. Imagine being in the same square kilometer as the First Couple. Surreal.

On the way to dinner at a French restaurant, we spotted CNN’s Jonathan Mann reporting from Karl Johan, the capital’s main street. That’s world news broadcast in the making right there!

What a historic night.

acne opens flagship store in oslo

Tomorrow, Acne opens its second and flagship store in Oslo, a 200 square meter retail space at Bogstadveien which will house separate Acne Jeans, Men’s and Women’s departments. This new store development comes at a time of financial crisis when Acne can offer high fashion designs at competitive prices. With a style statement of simple, clean and timeless cuts (very Scandinavian), Acne is a good ally for investment wardrobe shopping.

Acne, along with its fashion house, carries a creative collective that includes an advertising agency, a film group, a web/digital production company and Acne Paper, its magazine published twice a year. And come spring 2010, Acne is also launching a furniture line. Talk about development.

tonight, we break the ice

It’s that time of the year when companies in Norway book the best available tables for Christmas dinners. This year, I’ve organized a Christmas dinner (in Norwegian julebord, literally Christmas table) for our department of seven. Instead of going straight to dinner, I’ve arranged for some pre-dinner tapas, drinks and ice-sculpting activity at Oslo’s newest and coolest bar concept. We’re going to Icebar Oslo by Icehotel!

The largest and third Icebar by Icehotel in the world (the other two are in Copenhagen and Tokyo), the bar is made from scratch with 60 tons of ice from the Torne River in Lapland, Sweden. The walls, the furniture and even glasses and plates are all made from the same ice. Kept at a -5° temperature all-year round, the ice will not melt thanks to energy efficient LED lighting. The lighting is in several shades of blue and green reminiscent of the elusive and magical northern lights. The design of the Icebar changes every year, and this year’s theme is “Purity with a twist.”

Afterwards, we are having a three-course menu dinner at Restaurant Eik, I believe one of Oslo’s best and trendiest restaurants. Recommended in the Michelin Guide under the Bib Gourmand category, Restaurant Eik serves a medley of dishes created from the freshest ingredients of the season.

Hmmm, this will be good.


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