Ove Bang

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Samfunnshuset, Arbeidersamfunnets plass, Oslo, Norway. Erected 1934-1941. Architect: Ove Bang

Ove Bang (September 13, 1895 – May 21, 1942) was a Norwegian architect. He was an advocate of functionalism in architecture.[1]

Ove Bang was born in Røyken, in Buskerud County, Norway. He was the son of the local chaplain. The family subsequently re-located to Fredrikstad in Østfold county during 1907. Bang completed a formal study of architecture at the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim during 1917. In the years leading up to World War II, he also traveled extensively to learn architecture in England, Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and Czechoslovakia.[2]

He started his professional career working in the offices of Magnus Poulsson. He acted as a staff architect for Norsk Hydro in Rjukan, but returned to his own practice in Oslo in 1930. In the years 1935-36 he collaborated with the Czech architect Jan Reiner, who was a former assistant to the Swiss-French modernist architect, Le Corbusier.

Bang's work included a number of residential buildings and institutional houses. In 1936, he was awarded the Houen Foundation award (Houens Fonds Diplom) for his work for the Norwegian Lutheran Inner Mission Society (Det Norske Lutherske Indremisjonsselskap) in Oslo. Many consider Samfunnshuset i Oslo (Community Building for the Labor Movement) to be his major work. He was active in both the National Association of Norwegian Architects and Oslo Architects Association.[3][4]


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  • Findal, Wenche (1998) Mellom tradisjon og modernitet: arkitekt Ove Bang og den funksjonelle syntese (Scandinavian University Press UK) ISBN 978-8200129769
  • Brekke, Nils Georg, Per Jonas Nordhagen, Siri Skjold Lexau (2003) Norsk Arkitekturhistorie : frå steinalder og bronsealder til det 21. hundreåret (Oslo : Det Norske Samlaget) ISBN 82-521-5748-3

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