The New National Opera House forms an extension of the landscape surrounding the
city which is not clearly distinguishable as either building or ground. A sloping roof
surface rises directly from beneath the fjord at the Oslo waterfront. The stairs,
fractures, stage roof surfaces, and the stage towers are defining features for the
vast platform that can be traversed from the sea to the uppermost levels by all
visitors. Together with the vertical movement, the diagonal lines create a convincing
composition that both adapts to the scale of the city and is distinctive and unique
in the city landscape.