Norwegian Government Complex


typeUrban Planning
clientGallery 0047 and Arkitektur N
statusEntry to open call for ideas
teamEspen Røyseland, Øystein Rø, Filip Loguin

The discussion of the rebuilding of the government quarter in Oslo following the 22 of July terrorist attack has largely focused on the preservation or demolition of Høyblokka. A major question emmerging is how a unified government complex with high requirements on safety and compactness, can create a better area for the city and its inhabitants. Is a city-integrated government complex of almost 200 000 m2 even possible?

We suggest to build not one but a series of smaller quarters organized along a new urban space defined by the Ministry of Finance in the south and a transformed Deichmanske Library in the north. Located in this generous space are Høyblokka, the July 22 Memorial, smaller meeting spaces, green spaces and a new public square with an adjacent center for democracy.