The restauration of the stairwell finally completed at the Jugendstilsenteret in Ålesund
Welcome back to 1907
The museum received 1 million kroners (80.000 Eur) in grants from a private foundation for the restoration of the main staircase at Jugendstilsenteret. The target was to find and replace the original colours with original techniques and materials as far as possible back to 1907. An old fashionable material, coccolite was also discovered. Coccolite is a product of plaster, strengthened with hair from coconuts. It was not a very common material in the beginning of 20 century and was probably imported from Germany. The coccolite was both firesafe and a very strong material used indoors for walls.
The wooden staircase has also been restored and repaired. It has been treated with linen oil, and gaps have been repaired with hand made iron sticks.
The lighting is a copy from about 1907. The last part of the project was to make copies of the tiles in terracotta colour for the hall.
Nowadays the staircase shines like the original in delicate light green colours and imitated oak on the walls.
Travelling exhibition The Nature of Art Nouveau 2 – Die Natur des Jugendstil in Bad Nauheim – from 12 September to 26 October 2014
Symposium Mackintosh Architecture at the Hunterian in Glasgow – on 19 September 2014
31st European Heritage Days – from 20 to 21 September 2014
Exhibition The Cradle of Art Nouveau. Victor Horta and Brussels at Pelgrims House in Brussels – from 11 to 28 September 2014
With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
Responsible publisher: Arlette Verkruyssen, General Director,
Brussels Regional Public Service - Bruxelles Développement urbain (Brussels Urban Development),
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