Stavanger Konserthus

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The ambitious project cost NOK 1.23 billion with nearly 10 percent of the amount raised through private donations. It was designed by Ratio Arkitekter of Norway, which won the international competition for the project back in 2003.

It was officially opened by Crown Prince Haakon in September 2012.

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Nick Weall on October 31, 2012

Well the flags brighten things up a bit and I love the reflections dearest LGM ~ Thanks for the info too xx

Amelia Royan on October 31, 2012

It is quite spectacular really dear Nick. We have watched it rising like phoenix from the ashes over the last few years, and on the day of this photo I went inside for the first time. It's all glass and concrete outside, but the inside has won awards. Now I'd like to hear a concert there before we go back to the UK permanently in December.


Rosalyn Hilborne on November 1, 2012

I like this Amelia. The bright flags really lift the image and as has already been said, great reflection ;-) Cheers, Rosa.

Amelia Royan on November 1, 2012

Thanks for the compliment dear Rosa. This was a day of contrasts - rain, hail, snow and sun all within the space of 2 hours.

This concert house is very elegant, and although the photo makes it look squat because only the dark glass construction shows up, there is more glass at an angle at the back by the stairs together with some reflective metal. Difficult to make that out at this angle. The fluttering flags were a bonus! :)))

christian caffin on November 1, 2012

Grea mirror, as usual! Cheers, Christian

JC EBY © NO VIEWS! on November 1, 2012

Nice picture!!!


Best greetings, Jean-Claude

malby on November 1, 2012

Interesting building and superb reflections Amy, specially I like these red flags :) Warm greetings. M.

Amelia Royan on November 2, 2012

Thank you dear Christian. I really must stop taking photos by lakes, rivers, fjords or in the rain! :)))

Cheers, Amelia

Amelia Royan on November 2, 2012

Many thanks Jean-Claude. The konserthus looks very nice inside too, and has wonderful views over the fjord.

Friendly greetings, Amelia

Guizel J.c on November 2, 2012

Excellent shot and reflection



⚔ Richard ⚔ on November 2, 2012

Beautifully designed building with great detail Amelia the reflections from the flags make the picture a lot brighter Like Best Regards Richard

Suzi in Oregon on November 3, 2012

You capture these scenes so very well, dear Amelia - thank you for showing me so much of your world. As I've told you before, I have come to adore Norway, through your eyes. Safe travels when you return to the UK. Warm and happy hugs (O:

Amelia Royan on November 4, 2012

Many thanks for your visit and 'like' J.c. This concert house is very exciting to look at inside.

Friendly wishes, Amelia

Amelia Royan on November 4, 2012

Hi there Richard, we have watched this going up over the last 3 years, and I have to admit that we have had lots of reservations about it! However, as my mum used to say, "Fools and bairns should never see a thing half done."

I think it looks quite splendid now, and its spectacular inside. We hope to go to a performance before we return permanently to the UK next month.

Cheers, Amelia

Amelia Royan on November 4, 2012

Dear Suzi, I hope you enjoyed your daylight saving time with an extra hour in bed! :))

I shall be so sad to leave Norway in many ways, as we have seen so little of the country. When Adrian had time off work we went to the UK of course, and much as I would have liked to visit the more remote places further north, I was always happy to see family and friends in the UK too. Maybe we shall have a holiday in Norway one day. One cannot do everything.

I have been so happy to show you photos of mostly one county, Rogaland, and I haven't seen all I want to see there either.

Enjoy the week ahead. I hope the weather is fine for you.

Warm hugs to Oregon, Amelia

Joli Harsányi on November 5, 2012

This concert house is very elegant. Beautiful reflection of the fluttering flags! YSL Friendly greetings, Joli

mbe21 on November 6, 2012

Lovely shot Amelia, In thumbnail I thought it was shot from across a lake or pond, but I see now it was one of those all to familiar rainy days ;>(

Regards Mick

Amelia Royan on November 6, 2012

Good morning dear Joli, many thanks for your very kind praise and for the Y*. I think it is even more elegant inside. :))

Hugs from Norway, Amelia

Amelia Royan on November 6, 2012

A rainy day like today maybe Mick? In fact the ground was wet because of melting snow and hail. It gives a bit of a wrong impression really, as it makes the concert house look somewhat squat. It is easy to miss the fact that it goes further back beyond the glass panels, and there are steps leading up to the back of the building. All round there are seating areas for outside performances - not in this weather though! ;-)

Cheers, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on November 10, 2012

Dear Amelia,

Looks like a block of ice on a melting ice floe - perhaps appropriate for Norway. And I guess it is very beautiful and cosy inside with wonderful acoustics. The reflective surface and the aspect does give the impression that it is smaller than it really is, but it makes a very interesting photograph.

Warmest regards from sunny Queensland,


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    by Amelia Royan
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