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Architectural Heritage

University architecture is a key element in understanding the development and changes of a university. Buildings represent basic infrastuctures, as well as being carriers of institutional identity. 

Grosch: The architect behind the neoclassical university buildings

Chr. H. Grosch designed the Observatory, the Palm House in the Botanical Garden and the university complex in the Oslo city center.

Establishing the meridian in the Observatory

The University’s Astronomical Observatory from 1833 is one of the first buildings designed for the University of Oslo. It played an important part in defining a modern nation.

The Historical Museum: A pig in a top hat and tails?

In 1902, the University’s three museums dedicated to cultural history moved into a brand new museum building in the style of Art Nouveau.

The Pharmacy Building – a colourful functionalist gem

When it opened in 1932, the University School of Pharmacy at Blindern was one of Norway’s most radical buildings.

A new faculty and a masterpiece of modernist architecture

The new buildings for the Faculty of Social Sciences were completed in 1967, as a part of the development of the University campus of Blindern.