The Ports Cultural Heritage

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The Ports Cultural Heritage

The Port of Oslo has made a plan to make sure that valuable heritage do not get lost.

Fjord City is growing fast and in most ways the development is positive for Oslo. The Port of Oslo has put together a Maritime Cultural Heritage Plan to make sure valuable heritage does not get lost with the rapid urbanization of the port.

The Cultural Heritage Plan has mapped the port area, its environments, buildings, objects and installations, in order to evaluate their cultural value and decide what needs to be documented or conserved. The Port of Oslo wishes first and foremost to conserve the ports cultural heritage through active use. However, there are some things worthy of extra attention and care.

Vippetangen and Akershusstranda
The buildings down here are representative of the past. Coastal traffic was operating from Akershusstranda up until the end of the 1970's. All sorts of goods arrived here before being shipped around to other parts of the country. The sheds down here were built in the 1950's and because of the materials used, their size and the satisfactory maintenance, they have historical value.

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Akershusstranda in the 1960's. Photo:Unknown/Oslo City archives


All of the sheds except for number 35 (cruise terminal) are designed by architect Ahasverus Munthe-Kaas Vejre. Details like windows and corners must be conserved in any prospective remodeling, to keep their value as authentic, historical objects. Idealist maritime associations at Oslo Maritime Kulturvernsenter reside in two sheds, number 28 and 29. Oslo Harbor Police can be found in number 30. These sheds were all built in 1949. Restaurant Solsiden have their home in shack 34, this building was built in 1957.

The Norwegian-America Line
There are many interesting buildings down at Vippetangen. Port of Oslo's administrations offices are located in shed 38, which was once a warehouse for the traffic to the United States and the UK. The America Line departed from here until the 1920's and Bernt Arlet Christian Lange was the architect. Shed 38 is one of Norways first buildings to be made out of reinforced concrete, while the top part is wooden.

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The Norwegian-America Line

The grain silo at Vippetangen was built in 1935/1936 and is on the city conservation officers list of buildings that are considered important to our cultural heritage and should possibly be conserved. The architect, Bredo Berntsen, wanted to intergrate the silo visually into its surroundings. He was inspired by the fortress and Hovedøya, one of the islands in the Oslofjord. The result was architecture influenced by churches and castles. The silo completely changed the visual appearance of the area.

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The grain silo is being built 1935. Photo: Anders Beer Wilse / Oslo Museum

Cranes
Before the industrial revolution muscle power handled the cargo arriving Oslo. With the mechanization of the port, many new cranes were introduced. The Port of Oslo has kept three 6-tons cranes built by and for the port in the 1950's. Many of these were at work both in Filipstad and at Vippetangen. These cranes will be restored and returned to where they once were in use.

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Filipstadkaia around 1970. Photo: Henrik Ørsted / Oslo Museum