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World's Most Beautiful Buildings

Erik Berg/Courtesy of Den Norske Opera & Ballett

Take a tour of the world’s most beautiful buildings, from Alabama to India.

New NorwegianOpera and Ballet, Oslo, Norway

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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.

World's Most Beautiful Buildings

New NorwegianOpera and Ballet, Oslo, Norway

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.

Erik Berg/Courtesy of Den Norske Opera & Ballett
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