Oslo’s new public library, Deichman Bjørvika, has finally opened its doors for the public of Oslo and visitors to the Norwegian capital. The opening marks another huge milestone in the development of Bjørvika and Oslo. Through the last decade Oslo has transformed into an urban fjord city with an abundance of cultural highlights and iconic landmarks, like the Opera House, the Astrup Fearnley Museum and the Barcode district. And more is still to come.
“The opening of the new Deichman library in Oslo is an important contribution to strengthen Norway’s position as a cultural destination. I look forward to experience the library at Bjørvika, and to the further expansion of the Oslo skyline in the coming months, when the new Munch Museum and the new National Museum will open their doors”, says Bente Bratland Holm, Director of Tourism at Visit Norway.
Bjørvika has truly been transformed into a modern borough with fascinating architecture and great outdoor spaces. This area of the Oslo harbour was once known for a major highway junction and a container port. Today, the highway is gone and the containers have been replaced with shops and restaurants, office and apartment buildings, galleries and an art hotel. It even has beaches and a seawater pool, Oslo’s first urban farm and some very popular urban saunas.
Oslo’s new cultural hub
Located in the harbour of Oslo, just a few steps away from Oslo Central Station and the Opera House, the new Deichman Bjørvika, designed by architects Lundhagem and Atelier Oslo, will be almost impossible to miss for visitors arriving in Oslo’s city centre by bus, tram, train or boat.
“Oslo’s new main library is stunning, especially from the inside, and so is the location. It doesn’t get more central than this”, says VisitOSLO’s Managing Director Christian Lunde enthusiastically. “I am convinced that when the tourists start returning to our city, Deichman Bjørvika will be a popular place to visit and a natural stop along Oslo’s harbour promenade, which takes you past some of Norway’s biggest cultural institutions, including the new MUNCH. I definitely recommend both visitors and people from all over Oslo to come and experience this beautiful building and Oslo’s new waterfront for themselves”, says Lunde.