Style and architecture - Grand bank buildings 

Kirkegata 14–16–18 

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Old Kvadraturen was full of grand bank buildings. The old Centralbanken in Kirkegata is among the most impressive. 

Photo: Tove Solbakken / Byantikvaren

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In Kirkegata 14-16-18 the new Cental bank was erected in two processes between 1915-1921 and with two architects, first Waldemar Hanseen and then, Henrik Bull. It is often called a Bank palace and its voluminous, grand corner façade is one of the reasons. This is an example of the Nordic new-baroque architectural style.

The materials and the decoration of the building underlines the bank function of the building by expressing strength and that the space inside is safe.

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse / Oslo Museum

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse / Oslo Museum

The building was constructed with the latest modern materials and a self-bearing steel construction. Her documented by Photograph Wilse in 1921.

Today the Department of Knowledge has its offic in the building, and the old bank lobby serves as the department lunchroom. The bureaucrats can enjoy the elegant glass siling held by armed concrete columns covered with polished green Kolmård marble and a new glass chandelier by the Norwegian artist Vidar Koksvik.

Photo: Werner Zellien / KORO