Y-block interior
From Hammersborg - Protecting the Bygone Future

Short film program about the Y-block and the vulnerability of architecture


ARCHITECTURE: Two films about the Y-block have, in the shelter of the ongoing demolition, become both documentation of ideological oscillations and mourning hymns over a lost time.

Countries is a film writer and director and regular writer for MODERN TIMES.
E-mail: ellen@landefilm.com
Published: June 9, 2020

[Note. Only published online]

An eye-catching modernist building, created in the post-war era with striking forms cast in concrete. In the film we see how it is brutally torn down. Y-block in the government quarter in Oslo? No, other modernist buildings in Belgrade, Berlin and Bulgaria in the same architectural style that are as exposed as the Y-block. For many people around the world, brutalist-style buildings are "ugly" and incomprehensible. It is thought-provoking to see other iconic World Heritage buildings in the same fatal situation as the Y-block.

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