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An old ironworks on the banks of the Aker River is home to Oslo’s most recent development, the Mathallen. The pitch-roofed steel-and-brick food hall stands between the affluent neighbourhoods of St Hanshaugen and Grünerløkka in what was, until recently, a forgotten corner of the city. Behind the area’s revival is property developer Aspelin Ramm, which has been in charge of urbanising the dormant docklands over the past 10 years.

“Oslo was ripe for a food revolution,” says Mathias Steinbru, one of the first entrepreneurs who made use of the refur…



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