In the rectangular block-pattern of old Christiania, each block is like a building. In a successful city block, the individual buildings have a number of common features such as identical scale and choice of materials, identical façade rhythms, choice of colour and decoration. As Dronningens gate 8A is a modern building, we wanted to give it a timeless expression in the form of a self-supporting façade of glass, granite and stainless steel, enabling it to act as a pendant to its close neighbour, the new Bank of Norway.
The joins where the different materials meet are designed to provide a certain decorative richness. The façade are given clearly defined reliefs to provide the necessary sobriety, in keeping with a building in the old Christiania quarter. The new façade will be installed on top of the old, so that the building remains protected during the entire process.