The Norwegian government is cladding the large facade of a new government building (“Regjeringsbygg R6”) in Oslo with natural stone from Finland. As if they haven’t got enough stone in Norway, and a large and important Norwegian natural stone industry as well. Well after all Finland is a friendly neighbour country you might say, but you haven’t heard it all yet. Before the monumental stone arrives in Norway is has been a detour in China for cutting and further treatment.
Of course it is a question of money, China being a low-cost country. One of the architects were in favour of using Norwegian Trondhjemite (from Støren), but that turned out to be “too expensive”. The project leader maintains that the choice has been a question of aesthetics and price. It would be nice if the carbon footprint is being taken into consideration when projecting new buildings, obviously this has not been the case so far.
The Finnish stone in question is so-called Grey Granite from Kuru. Norway has similar grey granite from Iddefjord. But, well, grey granite from Kuru is beautiful. I have added three links with images of the stone below. The granite is fine-grained, medium grey granite of the Precambrian period. Stone from Kuru is used for gravestones, building material, and memorial statues. The stone is also used for jewelry and souvenirs.
Another famous stone from Kuru is Orbicular Granite, but I intend to treat this exceptional stone in a separate post.
Links with images of Kuru Grey Granite:
On the new government building - in Norwegian: