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Granite upgrades a hitherto unsightly plaza in Oslo

Thomas Heftyes Plass, Oslo.

Thomas Heftyes Plass, devoid of its former asphalt covering, now invites passers-by to stay for a while

Sometimes it’s the small nooks of a big city that makes all the difference. One such case in point is Oslo’s Thomas Heftyes Plass (Thomas Heftyes Plaza) formerly defined by asphalt cover, kiosk and taxi-stand. Hardly anyone wanted to linger there – at best, passers-by would cross the plaza on their way to where-ever they had to go.

The Thomas Heftyes Plass (Thomas Heftyes Plaza) was formerly defined by asphalt cover, kiosk and taxi-stand. Photo: Kjetil Ree / Wikimedia Commons

An unsightly spot was recently transformed to an attractive area using simple means: after the kiosk was torn down, the paving was given a granite covering, benches were installed and trees were planted. A few steps level the surface.

A low wall separates the place from traffic.

A low wall separates the place from traffic.

The changes may seem unspectacular but they work. When the sun comes out, the neighbors gather on the benches or merely linger for a moment before disappearing in their homes.

The stripes on the pavement carry the name of the plaza, founder and father of the Norwegian Trekking Association and the person responsible for the wide-spread use of red signalization on trails.

A special idea: the stripes on the pavement carry the name of the plaza, founder and father of the Norwegian Trekking Association and the person responsible for the wide-spread use of red signalization on trails.

Design of the plaza was the work of Grindaker Landskapsarkitekter.

Design of the plaza was the work of Grindaker Landskapsarkitekter. Granite originated from China and was supplied by Jogra Company.

Grindaker Landskapsarkitekter

Jogra Steinindustri AS

Photos: Grindaker Landskapsarkitekter

(25.04.2016, USA: 04.25.2016)