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 Vestregata 33 - Tromsø Kokk- og Stuertskole

Vestregata 33 - Tromsø Kokk- og Stuertskole ( Vestregata 33, Tromsø Cook and Steward School)
Address: Vestregata 33, Tromsø
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Architect: K. Ugland og H. P. Thorne, Arkitekter MNAL, Arendal
Client: Tromsø City Council, Troms County Council
Construction System /
Site cast reinforced concrete
Building Type: School, teaching facilities (kitchen, cafe, restaurant), student accommodation, offices
Year of Construction: 1960; 2006
The former Tromsø Cook and Stewart School is situated on the corner where Vestregata meets Kemnerbakken. It was built in a 19th century quarter consisting entirely of wooden buildings. During the period from 1960 to 1990 the wooden buildings were replaced by four storey concrete buildings with a recessed fifth storey in accordance with the town development plans from 1947 and 1978.

Vestregata 33 consists of two cuboid volumes connected on a right angle. Along Kemnerbakken its front is moved back from the rest of the street frontage, and due to the sloping terrain the volume along Vestregata appears a storey taller. The construction is site cast concrete, which has been rendered and painted white on the exterior.

The volumes and the elevations are well proportioned, typical of late functionalism (the Nordic term for early modernism). The Cook and Stewart School was among the first concrete buildings with some architectural merit to be built in Tromsø, and it signaled the beginning of the era leading the turn of the millennium when Tromsø would no longer have a predominantly wooden city centre.
Literature: Tjelmeland, Halvard: Fra byfolk og bona til Tromsøværing. Tromsø gjennom 10000 år. 1945 - 1994, Tromsø Kommune, 1994
Ytreberg, Nils A.: Tromsø bys historie, bind III, 1971
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 16.11.2010
Author: E.S
Photographer: I.H 2010

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