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Alerte Patrimoine : Bloc-Y des bâtiments du Gouvernement, Oslo, Norvège


Dernière mise à jour : juin 2018

28 septembre 2016

Le Comité scientifique international sur le patrimoine du 20e siècle (ISC20C) de l'ICOMOS a publié une alerte patrimoine au sujet de la démolition du Bloc-Y dans le quartier du gouvernement norvégien à Oslo.

Cette action vient soutenir les initiatives d'ICOMOS Norvège en matière de conservation et confirme l'inquiétude internationale devant les menaces à l'encontre de l'importance patrimoniale de cet important complexe moderne du centre d'Oslo.

Alerte patrimoine : The Viking Ship Hall – Roskilde, Danemark


Le Comité scientifique international sur le patrimoine du XXe siècle (ISC20C) a publié une alerte de patrimoine international concernant la menace de démolition du Viking Ship Hall à Roskilde, au Danemark.

Vikingeskibshallen (Salle des navires vikings) est un chef-d’œuvre de l’architecture danoise moderne. C'est une structure unique qui intègre de manière créative le musée, le décor et l'archéologie d'une manière qui va au-delà des définitions historiques. Le Viking Ship Hall a été construit en 1967-1968 et a été le premier bâtiment moderne inscrit pour la protection au Danemark en 1998.

Heritage Alert: The Viking Ship Hall – Roskilde, Denmark


The International Scientific Committee on Twentieth Century Heritage (ISC20C) has released an International Heritage Alert regarding the threatened demolition of the Viking Ship Hall in Roskilde, Denmark.

Vikingeskibshallen (The Viking Ship Hall) is a masterwork of modern Danish architecture. It is a unique structure that creatively integrates museum, setting and archaeology in a way that transcends historic definitions. The Viking Ship Hall was built in 1967-68 and was the first late modern building to be listed for protection in Denmark in 1998.

Heritage Alert: Y-block Government Buildings, Oslo, Norway

19 June 2018

The ICOMOS Europe Group at its annual meeting in Helsinki was very surprised to learn that the Norwegian Government is upholding its decision to demolish the Y-Block in the Norwegian Government Quarter, in spite of strong international, national and local opposition. In their declaration, the Europe Group strongly urges the Norwegian Government to reconsider its position and seek alternative solutions, respecting the universal values of the Y-Block.

26 October 2016

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On 26 October 2016, a demonstration was held in front of the Y-block to protest its demolition. Musicians performed and protestors gathered around the building. Despite their efforts, State Secretary Paul Chaffey announced later that evening that the decision of demolishing would stand. The Directorate for Cultural Heritage suggested as an ultimate solution that the North wing be demolished, leaving the curve around the H-block intact.

Photo: Lars Lillo-Stenberg performing to support the protest outside of the Y-block on 26 October 2016 © Arve Henriksen



28 September 2016

The International Scientific Committee on Twentieth Century Heritage (ISC20C) of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has released an International Heritage Alert regarding the threatened demolition of the Y-block of the Government Quarter in Oslo, Norway.
YBLOCKwinter.jpg.w300h220This action supports the conservation initiatives of ICOMOS Norway and confirms international concern about threats to the heritage significance of this important modern heritage complex in the center of Oslo.

ICOMOS Norway has undertaken extensive research into this case, and confirms that the architectural and artistic merit of the Y-block, as well as its historical significance, is uncontested. Architect Erling Viksjø conceived the high-rise H-block and the lower Y-block as whole, clearly connected to similar contemporary headquarters for democratic purposes (e.g. United Nations, New York and UNESCO, Paris). The high-rise H-block was erected in 1958 with pioneering treatment of the sandblasted natural concrete and integrated works by modern artists, including contributions by Pablo Picasso. In 1969, the building complex was completed by the addition of the sculptural Y-block. Its three curved wings define three urban spaces of individual character. Picasso's "Fishermen" in one of the facades is an epitome of public art integrated within this extraordinary complex.

Download Press Release Y-block

Download Heritage Alert Y-block

Download Letter of Appeal to the Norwegian Government

Image: Y-block, Government Quarter, Oslo, Norway. Architect Erling Viksjø. Artist: Pablo Picasso.
Photo credit: © Teigens Fotoatelier, 1969-72, Dextra Photo

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