Regjeringskvartalet

Coordinates: 59°54′54″N 10°44′45″E / 59.91500°N 10.74583°E / 59.91500; 10.74583

Regjeringskvartalet (the Government Quarter) is a collection of buildings located in the centre of Norway's capital city Oslo, housing several offices for the Norwegian Government. The complex is situated approximately 300m northeast of the Parliament Building, and consists of nine buildings with about 1,960,000 sq f (182,000 m²) of office space for approximately 4,430 people.[1]

Regjeringskvartalet seen from Johan Nygaardsvolds plass.
On the left: The Y-Block
On the right: "The highrise "(Høyblokken).
Note: picture taken before the 2011 bombing.

HistoryEdit

The current site was originally occupied by a district, named Empirekvartalet for its numerous neoclassical buildings, constructed in Empire style. As early as 1885, plans existed for constructing a governmental district in central Oslo. After numerous attempts were made to finalise plans, the Empirekvartalet was finally razed in the early 1950s. The destruction of the district was widely opposed by many members of the citizenry and conservator authorities. Select wooden buildings were deconstructed and placed in storage and were later re-assembled at other sites in the city.

The new Regjeringskvartalet was subsequently established and constructed in a contemporary modernist style.

On 22 July 2011, Regjeringskvartalet was the site of a car bombing in connection with the 2011 Norway attacks. Eight people were killed and over 200 others injured, and several buildings were heavily damaged. Following the damage, the decision was taken by the government to demolish and reconstruct the Regjeringskvartalet to meet updated standards for security, working space and environmental regulations.

OverviewEdit

Regjeringskvartalet consists of the following buildings:

 
Map of Regjeringskvartalet.

ArtEdit

 
The Fisherman was removed in 2020, from the facade of "Building Y", or Y-blokka.

Between the late 1950s and the early 1970s, artist Pablo Picasso made sketches for his first five monumental concrete murals to be executed on the buildings’ interiors and exteriors. The largest, The Fisherman (1970) is still in Akersgata (as of the 4th quarter of 2020); it is standing in a temporary edifice, and some of the mural's surface can be seen thru the edifice's windows; the mural was removed from the façade of Y-block, in July 2020.[4] Norwegian artists Inger Sitter, Kai Fjell and Carl Nesjar, among others, also made works for the buildings. When the government considered whether to demolish the buildings after the 2011 attacks, the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage expressed its fears that Picasso’s murals for two of them might be destroyed in the process.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Five suggestions for a new government complex, page 21. Renewal-, administration- and church-department, 27 June 2013 (visited 27 June 2013)
  2. ^ NTB. "Regjeringsbygget har skader opp til Stoltenbergs kontor". Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Veidekke bygger nytt regjeringsbygg", Stein Jarle Olsen, Teknisk Ukeblad, 20 May 2009
  4. ^ "Kunsten fra Y-blokken er løsnet fra veggen".
  5. ^ Clemens Bomsdorf (January 14, 2013), Picasso murals under threat The Art Newspaper.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Regjeringskvartalet at Wikimedia Commons