Chateau Neuf

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To be distinguished from Châteauneuf.
Chateau Neuf
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Chateau Neuf
General information
Town or city Oslo
Country Norway
Coordinates 59°55′56″N 10°42′45″E / 59.9323°N 10.7126°E / 59.9323; 10.7126
Construction started 1963
Completed 1973
Client Det Norske Studentersamfund
Design and construction
Architect Kjell Lund and Nils Slaatto

Chateau Neuf is a building in Oslo that houses Det Norske Studentersamfund, (The Norwegian Students' Society), including cafes, bars, performance centers, and other facilities for student assembly. It is situated at Slemdalsveien 15 near Majorstuen just south of the main campus of the University of Oslo at Blindern.

Though the name literally means 'New Castle' in French,[1] it also involves a pun on the French 'neuf,' which is pronounced like the Norwegian onomatopoeia for 'oink,' alluding to the Student Society's personified patron and coat of arms symbol, 'His majesty The Golden Pig.'

History[edit]

Although the Students' Society was housed in permanent facilities at Universitetsgaten 26 from 1861 onwards, the society outgrew this structure by 1918 and moved to different locations around the city. In 1940, the society was offered Logen, but this plan fell apart with the German invasion of Norway.

In the 1950s, funds were raised to build a new structure, spearheaded by Jan P. Syse among others. Based on the University of Oslo's expansion plans, the site was picked, though the university changed its plans after Chateau Neuf's construction had started.

Ground was broken by C.J. Hambro in 1963 in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the society. The architects were Kjell Lund and Nils Slaatto. Construction was complete in 1971 and officially opened in 1973.

Facilities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neuf" when used as a NOUN is a number (nine or 9). When describing a noun (adjective) it means new or unused. (http://translate.google.com/translate_t#fr%7Cen%7CNeuf). Cfr. Pont Neuf