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Buildings and Facilities

The Norwegian Academy of Music campus consists of two state-of-the-art buildings. House 1 and House 2 are amongst Europe's most advanced buildings for musical study and performance.

Foto: Jiri Havran

Our buildings

1st house

The Norwegian Academy of Music moved into its own premises in Majorstua in 1989, a building with advanced acoustics and technical installations. The house contains a chamber music venue (Levin Hall) with a capacity of up to 120 and a modern Amphi-shaped concert hall (Lindeman Hall) with 365 fixed seats and a stage designed to accommodate a symphony orchestra with choir. See technical information about the two venues.

The Lindeman Hall and Sandvold Hall both have large organs.

The block houses a library, canteen and high-tech rooms including a recording studio, study spaces, teaching and practice rooms. The academy is home to the greatest number of grand pianos anywhere in Norway, a large number of percussion instruments as well as instruments and equipment for jazz and electronic music. A wide range of specialist instruments, period instruments and objects from the academy’s historical instrument collection is on display in the library.

2nd house

In January 2007 all staff and students at the academy were finally able to move to Majorstua as the new house opened. The annexe contains teaching rooms, a 100-capacity auditorium, staff room, practice rooms etc. The building also boasts special rooms for amplified music.

Accessibility

Our buildings have varying degrees of accessibility.

The “Bygg for alle” website contains a list of all of our rooms and information about access for people who have a hearing impairment, are blind, deaf, wheelchair users or have another form of impaired mobility.

Art

The artworks in the 1st house were acquired in partnership with the government’s fund for art in public spaces. The works are Paul Brandt’s “Kontrapunkt” – a wall relief displayed in the canteen inspired by Bach’s “The Art of Fugue” – “Svevende prismer” by Carl Nesjar in the foyer, a painting by Therese Nortvedt and a tapestry by Ellen Lenvik made from textiles and copper in the stairwell leading to the basement. Lindemans Legat provided funding for a relief in white marble: “Hexachord” by Knut Steen (Lindeman Hall).

The artworks in the 2nd house are by photographer Katrine Giæver. There is a large fresco extending several storeys by the auditorium. She also designed the works by and on the glass bridge between the two blocks.

Published: Mar 20, 2020 — Last updated: Nov 16, 2020