the Mambo house
"From savings bank to cultural think tank"
“This bank will stand for eternity, unless it explodes from pressure from within.”
So said architect Henrik Nissen at the inauguration of Christiania Sparebank on 14 April 1901.
“As a result of pressure from within” the savings bank has become Sentralen, a centre for culture and innovation.
The building that now constitutes Sentralen was originally two linked buildings. The buildings have been opened up and amalgamated. Henrik Nissen's bank building in Øvre Slottsgate 3 marks a change of style in Norwegian architecture where elements of the Neoclassical genre have been combined with aspects of Romanticism.
The façade is a mixture of granite, soapstone and marble. Railway tracks are embedded in the walls to deter any robbers from digging their way into the bank.
Sentralen is Oslo’s new venue and Norway's biggest workshop for creative forces in culture and innovation.
Right in the heart of Oslo is the building that used to be home to the oldest savings bank in Norway, and has now been converted into a unique building with six fantastic venues for cultural experiences. (www.sentralen.no/thehouse/om-sentralen)
The Perfect fusion between old and new, the living expression of different artists and architects , Sentralen - in its uniqueness, is the perfect mambo house for us. You will love dancing here.