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____no5

Free Man
This made me curious as there are certainly buildings here for which that statement makes sense in my eyes, but which ones were you thinking about? Residential areas, or some of the new fancy concrete giants in the city centre?

Well said, concrete is the word. Take for example the area around Central Station. Opera, Munch museum and the statue of Mother would classify as Communist buildings /monuments, imo. Also some residential “concrete” buildings in the port, as below.

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I need more time to process what I felt about Norway. Strong & contradictory feelings. And I certainly should do a road trip, especially West coast and inland to live its magic.
 

Dr. Eddies Wingman

Brighter than thousand_suns
Well said, concrete is the word. Take for example the area around Central Station. Opera, Munch museum and the statue of Mother would classify as Communist buildings /monuments, imo. Also some residential “concrete” buildings in the port, as below.

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I need more time to process what I felt about Norway. Strong & contradictory feelings. And I certainly should do a road trip, especially West coast and inland to live its magic.
Well, art is art, but I really don't know what they were thinking with that new Munch museum. It looks like it's covered with road railing. The opera house on the other hand, I think looks quite cool and don't get any associations to communism or Soviet architecture.

Around the Central Station - were you thinking of that big ugly mastodont housing the bus terminal (just north of the station, away from the sea)? It has been named "ugliest building in Oslo" and I wouldn't disagree.

Funnily enough, these apartment buildings you have photoed there are probably quite new and expensive. But there is - and has been for years - an ongoing debate about all these new glass-and-concrete boxes popping up, often side by side with older, more friendly looking buildings. I don't think it's possible to single out a style that identifies the city.
 

____no5

Free Man
Well, art is art, but I really don't know what they were thinking with that new Munch museum. It looks like it's covered with road railing. The opera house on the other hand, I think looks quite cool and don't get any associations to communism or Soviet architecture.

Opera does look cool, yet this type of building you’d typically see in China, thus the association.

Around the Central Station - were you thinking of that big ugly mastodont housing the bus terminal (just north of the station, away from the sea)? It has been named "ugliest building in Oslo" and I wouldn't disagree.

Hehe, I had to Google it to be sure, I did see it. Yeap, buildings like this give this strong impression of communist architecture.

Funnily enough, these apartment buildings you have photoed there are probably quite new and expensive.

I don’t doubt that the apartments are new & expensive but boy, do they look like the those middle to upper class developments in China.

But there is - and has been for years - an ongoing debate about all these new glass-and-concrete boxes popping up, often side by side with older, more friendly looking buildings. I don't think it's possible to single out a style that identifies the city.

Spot on. City is piled up with different styles and there is this thing of similar buildings, with simple lines and philosophy like if it were developed by the State.

Though I noticed that when you move inside the city towards inlands, the style smoothens and becomes more original and friendly looking.

I’ll need time to process Oslo /Norway.
I was expecting something more modern and good taste for the city and this mix of styles was shocking for me. On the other hand I enjoyed the professional meetings more than any other country. By far.
 

Brigantium

General of the Dark Army
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I don't remember a whole lot of concrete blocks of buildings about Oslo, I remember it looking very traditional!
 

Dr. Eddies Wingman

Brighter than thousand_suns
boy, do they look like the those middle to upper class developments in China.
This explains that you were thinking of Communism while I was not - when I hear that word I think of the Soviet Union and in this context, building style associated with that era. Hence the mention of the bus terminal building and the concrete giants (namely the Munch museum and the new National Museum).

I don't remember a whole lot of concrete blocks of buildings about Oslo, I remember it looking very traditional!
I guess you explored different parts of the city centre. In and around the parade street (Karl Johans gate, from the central station to the royal palace) you have a more traditional city look and feel.

I think more generally that it is a problem in many Norwegian towns/cities that rather than designing new buildings in a style that fits with the existing style of that town, the property developers too often go for this glass-and-concrete style no matter what. Exceptions do occur, and should be applauded.
 

Magnus

Pica Serdica
Anyone here into Strohmandeln and / or Kosakeln? There are some details re announcing and scoring I'm obviously too dumb to figure out from the Wiki articles.
In case you've been worried sick, I got the necessary info meanwhile.
I'd still like some tips on two-handed Binokel and Marjolet if possible though.
 

Brigantium

General of the Dark Army
Staff member
Got a treeload of pears here.

Also trying out an art ass tonight. Let's see how this goes

Edit: art CLASS. That was amusing though, so I've left it
 
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