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Nordlandsbanken ( Avisa Nordland)
Address: Storgata 38, Bodø
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Architect: Biong & Biong Arkitektfirma A/S
Client: Nordland Privatbank
Construction System /
Brick; concrete
Building Type: Offices
Keywords: brick, concrete, office, bank, marble, flat roof,
Year of Construction: 1951, expanded in 1975
The bank Nordland Privatbank started its enterprise in Bodø in 1883. In 1953 the bank merged with three other banks, forming the bank Nordlandsbanken. The bank's previous building was destroyed by fire during the bombing of Bodø in 1940, and in 1951 the new building stood completed at the street address Storgata 38, designed by the Oslo architects Biong & Biong. In 1975 the building was expanded, and the bank operated on these grounds until 2000. Today the newspaper Avisa Nordland runs its business in this building.

The buildings for the banks Sparebanken and Nordlandsbanken are situated along the street Storgata, on each side of the corner at the intersection with the street Rådhusgata. In conjunction with this important site, the reconstruction regulation plan from 1943 slightly withdrew the buildings from the roadway. Therefore a square was formed at the intersection, something that emphasises the two buildings in relation to their surroundings.

The building constructed for Nordlandsbanken is strictly designed with a symmetric main façade, providing a conservative monumentality. A select use of material, such as the marble on the tall pedestal, bestows the building with a distinguished quality. Elsewhere the façade is yellow plastered with an inscribed chequer-work pattern. A flat roof terminates the building.
Literature: Jakhelln, Gisle (and others) (ed.): -byen vårres, vandringer i Bodø, Bodø 2004.
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 21.12.2004
Author: H.S
Photographer: I.H 2004

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