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What happened to the protected
(listed) pharmacy interiors of
Norway?
Bjarne Thune
bjarnethune@gmail.com
+47 91609208
Phot...
A protected or listed interior means:
• No change of the interior is allowed for the
future, or as long as the interior ha...
The protected pharmacy interiors
of Norway are:
• Svaneapotheket (The Swan Pharmacy) in Oslo, listed 1983.
• Svaneapotheke...
Map of Norway
Svaneapotheket, Oslo.
• Established in 1628, Oslo´s first pharmacy.
• Norway´s second pharmacy, only after
Svaneapotheket,...
Photo: Rolf Øhman
It has been mentioned as one of Europe´s most beautiful shops.
No great changes has taken place since the opening.
The ceiling is the most eye catching element.
We recognize motives from medicine and pharmacy, mythical persons and important plants.
Mahogany, maple wood and marble are elements giving carachter to the interior.
Svaneapotheket, Oslo closed its doors Dec. 31. 2013.
In May 2014 it reopened as
Enoteca Svanen.
The enoteca Svanen is serving the public from lunch till late in the evening, not medicine,
but coffee, wine and beer, wit...
You can easily recognize the pharmacy, but……
the shelves and the drawers have been equipped with completely different goods.
Photo: Rolf Øhman
You can even be served on the pavement
• For many years one of our
well known fellow
historians, Yngve Torud,
was the owner of
Svaneapotheket, Oslo.
• It was alr...
Svaneapotheket, Ålesund.
• Established in 1824.
• Rebuilt and reopened after the fire (1904) in
1907.
• Architect Martin S...
The building is placed on a central spot in the city and had to serve two functions,
pharmacy shop and private residence f...
The iconography of both the building and the interior is inspired by elements from
Roman architecture, but also from the N...
• The pharmacy itself moved its business to new
and modern localities in the autumn of 2001
under the new name: Vitusapote...
Vitusapotek Svanen, Ålesund
opened in the autumn 2001.
Photo: Frode Inge Helland
Photo: Frode Inge Helland
• The old interior was restored and all newer
details brought back to 1907.
• In 2003 it reopened as Jugendstilsenteret, T...
Jugendstilsenteret, The Art Nouveau
center of Norway, opened June 2003.
We can easily recognize the pharmacy and even the owners flat, but the premises have
totally changed function and atmosphe...
Bien apotek, Bergen.
• Founded in 1913 as Solheimsviken Apothek.
• Moved in 1939 and got its new name and a
totally new in...
• In 2001 the old Bien closed its doors.
• The pharmacy business itself was moved back
to Solheimsviken under the name Dit...
Vitusapotek Bien, Bergen.
• After the pharmacy business itself left the
premises in 2001, the old pharmacy was
closed for many years.
• In January 2...
It should not be too difficult to recognize the old pharmacy.
• So, what are your thoughts after being told
about the fate of those three unique
pharmacy interiors?
• There is some kin...
Svaneapotheket, Bergen
• Norway´s first pharmacy, established 1595.
• Rebuilt and reopened after the fire (1916) in
1921.
...
Svaneapotheket´s building is quite dominant in the city centre of Bergen.
The entrance crowned with the swan is really impressive and magnificent.
• The interior of 1921 was dominated by the warm
colours of noble materials, mahogany and maple
and the Norwegian stone ti...
• During a very short period in the autumn of
2014 the pharmacy was totally refurnished to
fit in with the concept of the ...
Apotek 1 Svanen, Bergen.
Opened after the change Nov. 2014.
I repeat
a protected/listed interior means:
• No change is allowed for the future, or as long
as the interior has got this...
• If a valuable interior is not listed, it is up to the
owner to protect it - or to totally destroy it.
• We, the audience...
My simple conclusion is:
• Never trust a pharmacy chain to take care of
anything of historic value.
• That is to say, as l...
• Please bear in mind that I have been
describing the situation in Norway.
• How is the situation in your country?
• If yo...
Thank you for your attention
and great patience!
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
What happened to the protected pharmacy interiors of Norway?
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  1. 1. What happened to the protected (listed) pharmacy interiors of Norway? Bjarne Thune bjarnethune@gmail.com +47 91609208 Photos: Nina & Bjarne Thune when nothing else is mentioned.
  2. 2. A protected or listed interior means: • No change of the interior is allowed for the future, or as long as the interior has got this status. • The business going on in those surroundings is not protected. • No money follows such a status.
  3. 3. The protected pharmacy interiors of Norway are: • Svaneapotheket (The Swan Pharmacy) in Oslo, listed 1983. • Svaneapotheket (The Swan Pharmacy) in Ålesund, listed 1984. • Apoteket Bien (The Bee Pharmacy) in Bergen, listed 1993. All those interiors were listed while still in use as pharmacies and before the new Norwegian Pharmacy Law of 2001, that opened for chain ownership. The obvious whish from the authorities would be to preserve those pharmacy interiors by using them as pharmacies.
  4. 4. Map of Norway
  5. 5. Svaneapotheket, Oslo. • Established in 1628, Oslo´s first pharmacy. • Norway´s second pharmacy, only after Svaneapotheket, Bergen (est. 1595). • Moved several times since 1628, last time in 1896 when it moved to the main street of Oslo, Karl Johan´s street 13. • Architect Ove Laurentius Ekman. • Interior neoclassic. • Protected by law in 1983 • Run as a pharmacy until Dec. 31, 2013.
  6. 6. Photo: Rolf Øhman It has been mentioned as one of Europe´s most beautiful shops.
  7. 7. No great changes has taken place since the opening.
  8. 8. The ceiling is the most eye catching element.
  9. 9. We recognize motives from medicine and pharmacy, mythical persons and important plants.
  10. 10. Mahogany, maple wood and marble are elements giving carachter to the interior.
  11. 11. Svaneapotheket, Oslo closed its doors Dec. 31. 2013.
  12. 12. In May 2014 it reopened as Enoteca Svanen.
  13. 13. The enoteca Svanen is serving the public from lunch till late in the evening, not medicine, but coffee, wine and beer, with something quite simple for chewing.
  14. 14. You can easily recognize the pharmacy, but……
  15. 15. the shelves and the drawers have been equipped with completely different goods.
  16. 16. Photo: Rolf Øhman
  17. 17. You can even be served on the pavement
  18. 18. • For many years one of our well known fellow historians, Yngve Torud, was the owner of Svaneapotheket, Oslo. • It was already listed when he bought it. • He run it from 1998 till 2008 with no profit. • He sold it to one of the chains, Apokjeden. • Today he is told to be one of the most faithful guests at the Enoteca Svanen. (Photo: NFS)
  19. 19. Svaneapotheket, Ålesund. • Established in 1824. • Rebuilt and reopened after the fire (1904) in 1907. • Architect Martin Schytte-Berg. • Interior and the whole building in art noveau, ”Ålesund-jugend”. • The whole building with interior protected by law in 1984. • Run as a pharmacy until 2001.
  20. 20. The building is placed on a central spot in the city and had to serve two functions, pharmacy shop and private residence for the owner and his family.
  21. 21. The iconography of both the building and the interior is inspired by elements from Roman architecture, but also from the Norwegian wooden stave churches.
  22. 22. • The pharmacy itself moved its business to new and modern localities in the autumn of 2001 under the new name: Vitusapotek Svanen, Ålesund. • The old Svaneapotheket closed its doors.
  23. 23. Vitusapotek Svanen, Ålesund opened in the autumn 2001. Photo: Frode Inge Helland
  24. 24. Photo: Frode Inge Helland
  25. 25. • The old interior was restored and all newer details brought back to 1907. • In 2003 it reopened as Jugendstilsenteret, The Norwegian Art Nouveau Centre.
  26. 26. Jugendstilsenteret, The Art Nouveau center of Norway, opened June 2003.
  27. 27. We can easily recognize the pharmacy and even the owners flat, but the premises have totally changed function and atmosphere.
  28. 28. Bien apotek, Bergen. • Founded in 1913 as Solheimsviken Apothek. • Moved in 1939 and got its new name and a totally new interior. • The architects were Fredrik Arnesen and Arthur Darre Kaarbø. • The interior is dominated by straight lines and half curves, typical elements of functionalism. • In 1993 the interior was protected by law. • It was run as a pharmacy until 2001.
  29. 29. • In 2001 the old Bien closed its doors. • The pharmacy business itself was moved back to Solheimsviken under the name Ditt Apotek Bien, Bergen. • 14 years later, March 2015, it reopened in the same area under the name Vitusapotek Bien, Bergen.
  30. 30. Vitusapotek Bien, Bergen.
  31. 31. • After the pharmacy business itself left the premises in 2001, the old pharmacy was closed for many years. • In January 2006 it reopened as Bien Bar. • Through the years it has become famous for its excellent food and is today a very popular bar/café especially for the younger population of Bergen.
  32. 32. It should not be too difficult to recognize the old pharmacy.
  33. 33. • So, what are your thoughts after being told about the fate of those three unique pharmacy interiors? • There is some kind of dilemma, isn´t there? • What could have happened if they were not listed? • I will give you a grave example, please open your eyes and ears!
  34. 34. Svaneapotheket, Bergen • Norway´s first pharmacy, established 1595. • Rebuilt and reopened after the fire (1916) in 1921. • The architects for the whole building and its interior were Fredrik Arnesen and Arthur Darre Kaarbø, who also created Bien 18 years later. • Certain adaptations and changes around 1965 and 1995 caused the interior of the pharmacy to be considered not worthy of protection.
  35. 35. Svaneapotheket´s building is quite dominant in the city centre of Bergen.
  36. 36. The entrance crowned with the swan is really impressive and magnificent.
  37. 37. • The interior of 1921 was dominated by the warm colours of noble materials, mahogany and maple and the Norwegian stone tiles on the floor. • The pharmacy had kept its looks and has been looked upon by the inhabitants of Bergen as the leading pharmacy, the queen of all the Norwegian pharmacies! • In 2001 it was sold to Apokjeden and was renamed to: Apotek 1 Svanen, Bergen.
  38. 38. • During a very short period in the autumn of 2014 the pharmacy was totally refurnished to fit in with the concept of the owning pharmacy chain. • ”Out with the mahogany – in with the plastics!” • The inhabitants of Bergen were shocked when they saw what had happened. They could only recognize the floor.
  39. 39. Apotek 1 Svanen, Bergen. Opened after the change Nov. 2014.
  40. 40. I repeat a protected/listed interior means: • No change is allowed for the future, or as long as the interior has got this status. • The business going on in those surroundings is not protected. • No money follows with such a status.
  41. 41. • If a valuable interior is not listed, it is up to the owner to protect it - or to totally destroy it. • We, the audiences can only watch, think, protest - and mourn - when the change is completed.
  42. 42. My simple conclusion is: • Never trust a pharmacy chain to take care of anything of historic value. • That is to say, as long as no money follows the historic and honorable status. • A pharmacy chain is only interested when money, and preferably, big money is involved.
  43. 43. • Please bear in mind that I have been describing the situation in Norway. • How is the situation in your country? • If you want to tell me, please give a word to: bjarnethune@gmail.com
  44. 44. Thank you for your attention and great patience!

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