Erling Viksjø (1910-1971)

Erling Viksjø was born in Trondheim and attended the Cathedral School there before training at the Norges Tekniske Høgskole. He then joined the office of Sverre Aasland.

Viskjø was an early exponent of Modernism and a keen proponent of concrete using the material for his major works. Working with the engineer Sverre Jystad, he co-invented a form of concrete facade known as Naturbetong that he patented in 1950. The technique involved sand blasting - presumably a reason for developing the use of decorative concrete panels for the Government Buildings in Oslo.

major works include:

Tromsø Bridge (begun in 1958 and opened in 1960) 

Bakkehaugen Church in the north suburbs of Oslo (completed in 1961)

office building in Oslo for Norsk Hydro (1960-62)

office building for Standard Telefon Kabelfabrikk in Oslo (completed 1967)

Bergen City Hall

Government buildings in Oslo (1958 and 1970).

 

Tromsø Bridge (Copyright Wikipedia)

 Bakkehaugen Church in the north suburbs of Oslo (Copyright David Castor)

Bakkehaugen Church in the north suburbs of Oslo (Copyright David Castor)

 Buidling for Norsk Hydro in Oslo (1960-1962) Photograph copyright of the National Museum

Buidling for Norsk Hydro in Oslo (1960-1962) Photograph copyright of the National Museum