Icon Tower, Oslo, Norway

Joint collaboration between NSW A/S and Knut Ramstad AS Sivilarkitekt MNAL
Date Built
The Icon Tower represents a landmark for the new waterfront development of Tjuvholmen in Oslo.  It sits in a public space surrounded by the new residential and commercial buildings and beside Renzo Piano's Astrup Fearnley Museum. 

NSW say of the 88 metre tower that it is, "... a continuous helical steel structure, supported by vertical legs and diagonal bracing rods.  .... The façade is clad with extra clear white glass, curved and formed to follow the helical geometry of the steel. It is fixed only with corner bolts and silicon joints – making the cladding as transparent and light as possible."


Within the tower is an elevator capable of transporting 6 people to 55 metres above the street for a panoramic view of the city and the fjord. 

The wittur.com website provides some detail about the lift.  "A JADE panoramic glass lift, manufactured by LM Liftmaterial GmbH / delivered and installed by Myhre Heis & Elektro AS, is the only way to reach its 46.5 meter high observation stop. The lift includes a special, total glass custom cabin (which turns into transparent at the height beyond neighbouring buildings) with glazed floor and ceiling and 1-panel, side opening car and landing round automatic lift doors."