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Oslo government headquarters building fate due for new review. Norway Environment Minister Bård Vegar Solhjell does not agree that H-Block should be demolished. In June this year, officials working on new government quarters alternatives recommended this structure and three others be torn down following Anders Behring Breivik’s 22 July 2011 bombing. The cost of preserving this building is estimated to be NOK 400 million (some USD 67.99/EUR 50.23/GBP 42.4 million at today’s ROE).

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Oslo government headquarters building fate due for new review

Published on Friday, 20th September, 2013 at 12:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

Norway Environment Minister Bård Vegar Solhjell does not agree that H-Block should be demolished.

Damaged Oslo office buildings after bomb
Damaged Oslo office buildings after bomb
Photo: Jordan Strauss/Getty Images News


In June this year, officials working on new government quarters alternatives recommended this structure and three others be torn down following Anders Behring Breivik’s 22 July 2011 bombing.

The cost of preserving this building is estimated to be NOK 400 million (some USD 67.99/EUR 50.23/GBP 42.4 million at today’s ROE).

Y-Block’s preservation sum is about NOK 250 million (roughly USD 42.5/EUR 31.37/GBP 26.5 million).

In a statement, the Directorate for Cultural Heritage’s Jørn Holme wrote that, “The government headquarters tell the story of the Norwegian State's evolution from its humble beginnings in pre-industrial Norway up to today, one of the world's richest countries. Should H-Block and Y-Block, disappear, so will the main traces of the postwar welfare state.”

“H-Block was revolutionary, architecturally and artistically-speaking, and in many ways represents modernism’s arrival in Norway. [Norwegian architect Erling] Viksjø’s construction techniques were influential.”

“The natural concrete with river gravel on the surface was used by others to such an extent that it is difficult to imagine how epochal this was in the 1950s today,” he continued.

Five Picasso murals in H-Block, painted in the late ‘50s and ‘60s also survived Breivik’s attack – “The Beach", "The Seagull", "Satyr and Faun" and two versions of "The Fishermen".

Socialist Left Environment Minister Bård Vegar Solhjell, who called the 17-storey H-Block “an international treasure”, has now ordered a new assessment from the Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren).

Jørn Holme from the directorate has said that the investigation will take this factor into account when concluding on the government building.

The cost to preserve both the high rise segment of the building and the Y block is estimated at around 650 million kroner.

“This was the first monumental edifice Pablo Picasso contributed to creating,” Minister Solhjell told Dagsavisen.

“The high-rise’s conservation and symbolic value is no less today than it was before 22 July 2011. Technical investigations following the terrorist attacks show that the building construction is not critically-damaged, and the integrated art is still intact,” Mr Holme’s statement reads.

“H-Block and Y-Block are in every sense of the word monumental architecture in a quarter that has housed government activities since before 1814.”


Published on Friday, 20th September, 2013 at 12:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, oslobomb, 22july, governmentbuildingsnorway.





  
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