Mellbye Architects designs THE THIEF Hotel in Oslo, Norway

THE THIEF Hotel opened as the first waterfront hotel in Oslo, Norway. Located on the islet of Tjuvholmen, the Scandinavian urban renewal project is a collaboration with the new Astrup Fearnley Museum and the hotel’s own curator.

The nine-story building by Mellbye Architects houses rooms has balconies with a view of the fjord, the canals of Tjuvholmen, the neighboring buildings or the museum. In-room amenities range from interactive televisions with video art, Geneva Sound systems, free Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines, “his and hers” wool slippers and custom-designed bathrobes to Playstations and Wiis on demand.

Each of the 119 rooms, including the five one-bedroom suites, the Apparatjik suite and the penthouse “Oslo Suite” at THE THIEF, includes handpicked artwork, furnishings by Patricia Urquiola and Antonio Citterio and the latest technology.


A collection of contemporary art also graces the hotel’s public spaces. The hotel engaged curator Sune Nordgren to team up with interior designer Anemone Wille Våge. Nordgren, the former director of Norway’s National Museum of Art, who handpicked paintings, prints, photographs and installations for the guestrooms and public areas with artists including Sir Peter Blake and Richard Prince. The elevators also have video art created exclusively for THE THIEF by Julian Opie.

Other offerings of THE THIEF were locally sourced. Local designer Maggie Wonka designed the bathrobes, Røros Tweed and L&J designed the woolen blankets, and head chef Kari Innerå of Fru K, the hotel’s restaurant, kept a strong focus on regional and organic ingredients.

The islet of Tjuvholmen is a new development in central Oslo.

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THE THIEF is owned by Petter A. Stordalen.


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