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I love it when concert halls are performance spaces all in themselves, places you can visit without ever seeing a show inside them. The Oslo Opera House (Operahuset), which opened last year, is one such place. With its audacious lines and a stunning waterfront location, it reminds me of the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and London's Royal Festival Hall rolled into one, and stretched.

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Built to house the the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, it's located in Oslo's center, in Bjørvika, at the head of the Oslofjord.

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Its architects Snøhetta were also responsible for another striking waterfront space, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (the Library of Alexandria) in Egypt.

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Unlike that design, this one is all sharp angles, in stone, oak, steel and glass.

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A great art space, whether you like opera or not. RM

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