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A typical Radisson RED room (image: Radisson Hotel Group)

Radisson to create “crown jewel” of Oslo

Norway’s first Radisson RED is set to arrive with rooftop bar and garden in a fast developing part of the capital, a “future city centre”.

Radisson Hotel Group has announced today the signing of the Radisson RED Okern Oslo, which will be the first hotel with the RED brand to arrive in Norway.

The new property with the “vibrant and unique hotel concept” is set to open its doors in 2021 in what the company describes as “one of the most forward-thinking buildings” in the city, known as Økern Portal.

This 81,000sqm business building will have “flexible” office premises, a hotel, restaurant and cultural experiences and is being constructed in partnership with real estate owner Oslo Pensjonsforsikring and the Norlandia Hotel Group.

Rooftop garden
The hotel promises 224 “spacious and bright rooms and suites”, several meeting rooms and a rooftop bar that will offer “unparalleled views” of Norway’s capital.

In fact, the rooftop will be the “crown jewel of the city”, Radisson pledges, with 360-degree views over Oslo and a rooftop garden.

One of the new hotel’s aims is to achieve BREAAM-Nor certification, a third-party sustainability assessment method that only a handful of Norway’s hotels have attained – including the Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel in Stavanger.

Radisson RED is described as “an upscale, select service hotel brand that presents a playful twist on the conventional, located in urban and vibrant cities”. Radisson says the brand is “like nothing else seen in the Nordics and will inject new life into hospitality across the region”.

“The property will provide guests with untraditional experiences and be built with truly innovative and sustainable solutions as key features,” says Morten A Kahrs, chief executive of Norlandia Hotel Group.

Future city
Økern has been referred to as the future city centre of Oslo, a living laboratory with the goal of becoming Europe’s most environmentally friendly urban development project.

Økern Centre is situated in the district of Hovinbyen, which has up to 40,000 new apartment buildings in the planning stage, to provide homes for 100,000 people. There is also a 2,500,000sqm area for trade and industry that should bring an estimated 100,000 new jobs.

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