Back in the saddle – A clinic for horse-assisted therapy
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How to make use of a listed building on its own premise. This project investigates the relevance of protection codes; is it the history that is most important? Or is it the physical building itself? Then comes the question of the purpose of the building. Can the building itself be separated from its use, or not? I believe a building can change over time, but if the purpose is to protect what have been in the past, you should protect its content somehow. A building called the «Horse Clinic» used to be part of the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science at Adamstuen in Oslo, Norway, and was in the period 1927 - 2020 used as a hospital for horses. Today, it is empty and is listed with the highest level of protection in Norway. This project investigates if today`s protection in its way of preserving the Horse Clinic, also preserves its history and original program of taking care of horses. It further investigates whether the building would be of higher value if the building mass is reconstructed in order to recreate its historic function. This illustrates that even a listed building, like the Horse Clinic, benefits from being taken care of beyond the current preservation codes.