The Norwegian word for apartment building, “blokk”, is very descriptive, leaving little room for rounded corners or soft features. This construction by Selvaagbygg, opened in 1968, reflects the socialist ideas of that time. Although they were meant to function as “little houses in a cluster”, they now remain a dominant feature in the landscape south of Kolsås. Especially when photographed in black and white, these buildings belittle their inhabitants. Perhaps though, in colour, they may actually be warm and welcoming places to live?


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