I love the view from my office window. I sit at the forth floor and I look down on a river, a waterfall and some old mills. It is a beautiful view, but it is also a nice remembrance of the past.
The first industrial revolution did not reach Norway. The country was still rural at the beginning of the nineteenth century, and Oslo - or Christiania as it was called then - was just a small city. However, as the century matured the Christiania bourgeoisie started to look to Britain and the blooming textile industry. If it is one thing Norway had, it was water power (This made the second industrial revolution with power demanding chemical industries as larger sucess in Norway). They got the idea to use Akerselva - the river that divides Oslo in East and West - and its waterfalls to create a textile industry in Oslo.
As Norway was rather underdeveloped, they decided to import everything from England. Not only the ideas and the machines, but also architectural drawings of factories and spinners and weavers to train the new factory girls. The buildings outside my window is very much in the English 19th century style and tells a story between the modern office buildings. As bricks are not common building material in Norway they stand out in their colour as well.