Slottet og Linstow. Den nye hovedstadens grunnstein
Exhibition catalogue/Coffee table book
Contributors: Ulf Grønvold, Anne-Lise Seip, Nina Høye, Truls Aslaksby and Annegreth Dietze-Schirdewahn
Editior: Ulf Grønvold
278 pages. Norwegian and English text
Price: NOK 348
The decision to build the Royal Palace in Christiania was taken in 1822 and it took 25 years to complete its construction. This catalogue describes the process of creating this building in a city whose population totalled approximately 39 000 people at the time. The Royal Palace and its architect, Hans Ditlev Franciscus Linstow, established zoning guidelines for the new capital and created an identity for the city. The architect was an eminent craftsman. His precise, meticulously drawn blueprints for the interior decoration of the Palace, known as The Great Composition, are also reproduced in the book. In addition to articles about the architect and the making of the Palace, the book includes texts about the city, its layout, the park surrounding the Palace and later changes.