University of Oslo, Norway

The University Aula in Oslo was formerly the location where the Nobel peace prize was awarded. The marble walls in the University Aula are covered with 11 large paintings made by the famous painter Edward Munck. To avoid water damage to the paintings as well as damage to the marble walls, a special solution for fire protection was needed. A consultancy-engineering company together with the Department for Protection of Cultural Heritage contacted VID FIREKILL to get such a solution made matching the strict requirements.

A few months after the inquiry a solution was developed, successfully tested by an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, and accepted by the authorities having jurisdiction. The final product was called Model AU7 and is specially designed for the protection of large multiple seating areas. With horizontal protection, the height of the room is not a limitation for the nozzles. The nozzles can each cover 9 meters into the room without spraying backward ensuring that wall painting etc. is not wetted and damaged.


University of Oslo

University of Oslo

Why was a VID FIREKILL solution chosen?

VID FIREKILL was able to provide a turnkey solution including R&D, testing, acceptance, and production of special unique nozzles. The Model AU7 ensured no wetting of the paintings and at the same time good fire suppression performance in the rest of the room. In addition, the solution ensured that no damage had to be made to the wall marble.

Some specifics

In the Oslo University Aula, the Model AU7 Nozzles were installed into the backrest of gold-plated sofas with the nozzle top plate flush with the backrest surface. It was the only place the nozzles could be located. In case of fire, the nozzles would be operated through deluge control valves and the fire detected with flame and smoke detectors.