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Back issue for magazine - Blueprint 267

Blueprint 267 This month, Blueprint travels the world in search of exciting architecture and design. The first stop is Snohetta’s National Opera House in Oslo. This striking and controversial piece of architecture sits on the waterfront of Oslo’s Bjorvika harbour, daring visitors to venture up its sloping structure. Peter Kelly explores the complex design of this cultural public building that refuses to treat its visitors as children.

Oslo is also the location for two new buildings by Sverre Fehn: the Norwegian Museum of Architecture and the HQ for leading Norwegian publisher, Gyldendal. Rasmus Wearn reports on the two projects that reaffirm Fehn’s status as a master architect, and also shed new light on his thoughts as an urbanist.

In this issue we also visit two cities with much younger architectural traditions: Abu Dhabi and Portland in the United States. Abu Dubai is the second largest emirate of the UAE and is currently going through a massive transformation. Its forthcoming cultural centrepiece, Saadiyat Island, awaits the construction of major new buildings by Hadid, Gehry, and Foster, including franchised branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim art galleries. For a stunning photo-essay, photographer David Cowlard visited Abu Dhabi and discovered a little-known but unique architectural tradition.


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