there was an islet that is now Oslo's newest arts district.
A royal harbour, a haunt of thieves and bandits, a geological sensation, a hub for international shipping... Diversity and variation have always been features of Tjuvholmen.
The development of Tjuvholmen has prioritised architecture with content. Buildings throughout the peninsula have been designed by architects with a clear vision of what the new district should provide for people living, working or spending leisure time there.
Visitors to Tjuvholmen will be impressed by the attractive dynamic generated by the district's exciting shops and restaurants which, together with several well-known galleries, are already flourishing.
Currently the most eagerly awaited building is the spectacular new museum on the outer edge of the peninsula. Astrup Fearnley's (link) new art museum has been designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Narud Stokke Wiig.
The building, with its double-curved roof construction, is extremely striking. While it may seem reminiscent of a boat on dry land, the design was apparently inspired by a bicycle tyre. The majestic roof, which is made up of over 2,000 unique panes of glass, creates a quite extraordinary exterior surface. Inside the building, the natural light flooding through the glass roof illuminates the expansive exhibition spaces. With more than 7,000 m2 of floor space, the building will house a café, auditorium and bookshop, as well as major exhibition spaces.
Just around the waterfront from Renzo Piano's museum building, and with stunning views of Oslo's mediaeval Akershus Fortress, we find the area designated for Tjuvholmen sculpture park. Initially the park will be home to five sculptures created by some of the world's best-known sculptors.
Welcome to an exciting new neighbourhood!