World's Most Beautiful Buildings
Erik Berg/Courtesy of Den Norske Opera & Ballett
There’s something about the way this opera house appears to rise out of the sea—think glacier—that transforms a building that’s all elbows into a thing of beauty. Instead of standing high above the harbor, the New Norwegian slopes gently down to the water’s edge, turning the building’s roof into a public space. The trailblazing architects at Snohetta call it a “carpet,” but to us it looks like a beach.
High Meets Low: After consulting with skateboarders, the architects covered key rooftop areas with bumpy marble to keep riders away, but left many smooth surfaces for boarding pleasure.