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Architect competition to have the most beautiful kiosk

The Narvesen kiosk at St. Hanshaugen was a Tyrihans kiosk. 1939, unknown photographer. PA-1522 Narvesen. Gamle kiosker fra hele Norge, Ud_ 139

The Narvesen kiosk at St. Hanshaugen was a Tyrihans kiosk. 1939, unknown photographer. PA-1522 Narvesen. Gamle kiosker fra hele Norge, Ud_ 139


Innumerable varieties of Narvesen kiosks have made an impact on railway stations, cities and towns.

In 1897, Bertrand Narvesen announced his first architect competition to have he most beautiful and striking kiosks. Specific requirements were drawn for what the kioks should look like and what they should cost. Among other things the kiosks had to be free-standing buildings with rooms for newspapers, telephone and letter-writing. All roms should be accessed from the street, and the newspaper seller should have an overview over all the rooms.

In the competition, where Tyrihans won, more than 113 different contributions. Tyrihans was drawn by the architects Carl Buch and Lorenz Harboe Ree. Tyrihans attracted attention with its elegant details, rosettes and columns in the corners. 10 Tyrihans kiosks wre raised in the capital Oslo. Later, other versions of Tyrihans were raised in other cities. Today we only know of one preserved Tyrihans kiosk. It has been rebuilt at Norsk Folkemuseum.



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