Norwegian Architecture – Older, Modern & More

Here is a collection of images containing wildly varying styles of architecture found around Norway. Included are a number of churches (I appear to like to snap pics of churches on my travels), a few civic buildings, some housing as well as very modern structures. It is a bit of a mash-up but I tried to present the content so the genres flow from one to the other.


Villa Normann, one of a number of old wooden houses found along the fjord in Balestrand, and its dragon heads

A very non-traditional, unique house likely built from the many, many rocks found on the island of Jomfruland

The back side of Villa Strandheim in Balestrand, another example of the “dragestil” style of architecture that originated in Norway

Another “unique” home on Jomfruland, with rocks only adorning part of the structure but abundant in the “yard” and comprising the boundary walls

The “rekkehus”, or terraced housing, is common in Norway but the bright colors and modern sensibility of these made them stand out on a grey, cold day

A gargoyle adorns this 13th century building in Bergen called Håkonshallen (King Håkon Håkonseen had this hall built during his reign)

The Stave Church in Lom dates back to the 12th century

Mariakirken is one of the oldest buildings in Bergen, from the 12th century

Sandvik Church found in the Sandviken neighborhood of Bergen is from the late 1800s

The modest white wooden church in Nesflaten

The front of St Olaf’s church, a Church of England, in Balestrand

The cute, rounded backside of St Olaf’s Church

A stone church, Kvinnherad kyrkje, in Rosendal was built in 1250

The red (apparently painted this color in the early 1900s) wooden Fjærland church in Mundal was built in the 1800s

I loved the modern red fire hydrant (which are rare in Norway) next to Sand kirke in Suldalsvatnet which was built in 1852

The front view of Kaupanger Stave church

A sidelong view of the church, which was built around 1140

This church has the largest number of “staves” found in any of the Stav Churches

The stone tower of the Bergen Domkirke, built in 1150

Someone’s castle-like house on Bygdoy island in Oslo

Twin turrets keep watch at the entrance of the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, built in 1902 in “jugendstil” (art nouveau)

The National Stage in Bergen is one of the oldest permanent theaters in Norway and opened in this building in 1909

The Royal Palace in Oslo was built in the mid 1800s in neoclassical style

Typical apartment blocks in central Oslo

Fancier apartment blocks in central Oslo

A one-of-a-kind type of brick facade on an apartment block in central Oslo

Modern cladding in copper on the Bergen Katedralskole building

The side of “Bygg C”, one of the modern buildings in the Bar Code neighborhood, designed to look like a staircase

The glass-clad Telenor headquarters in Fornebu was built in 2002

Contemporary structures in the Skøyen neighborhood of Oslo

The new 6-floor main library in Oslo, Deichman Bjørvika, was just opened to the public last year (I have not been inside yet, due to Covid concerns)

The main entrance to the Oslo Opera, which was completed in 2007

The exterior of the Opera is covered with Italian marble and white granite

The Opera was built with its roof angling down to ground level such that pedestrians can climb up for a view of central Oslo and the fjord

The new Munch Museum just opened this year (I also have not been inside yet due to Covid concerns)

The cladding of the Munch Museum is composed of recycled aluminum panels that are partially translucent

There are supposed to be lovely views from the top of this 60 meter tall tower (13 floors inside)

The new Munch is a “distinctive” landmark now and….some people like it and others – maybe not so much

A small corner of the large, new National Museum being built in Oslo

A look at the cladding and windows reflecting the sky in the square outside the main entrance

Looking up at another corner of the new National Museum, which is set to open in summer 2022 (it has been 7 years in the making)

A new set of apartment blocks, called Vannkunsten, is built right on the Oslo fjord (frozen in this image) a-la Venice style

A view of Vannkunsten and the Bjørvika area from across this fjord inlet

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