State hosts an ‘Open House’

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Statsbygg, the state agency in charge of state-owned property, is hosting an “Open House” this weekend at a total of 105 buildings that usually are closed to the public. Among them will be the bombed-out high-rise known as “Høyblokka” that housed the Justice Ministry and Office of the Prime Minister.

The Open House this weekend (Sept 21-22) will allow access not only to the government complex that was severely damaged in the July 22 terrorist attacks of 2011 but also to a long list of other buildings including a section of the lavish Victoria Terrasse adjacent to the Royal Palace, where Oslo’s upperclass lived in the late 1800s. It now houses the Foreign Ministry.

Architects will lead tours of the buildings and there also will be various events held in public parks, all at no charge to participants.

For details, see Statsbyggs website (external link, in Norwegian). staff