The story of Admini
The guest registery at Admini is a walk in history. Delegations and businesses from around the world have enjoyed delicious dinners in the vintage and venerable dining room in Admini. King Olav V was here twice. Nikita Khrushchev was also here. In modern times, a number of prominent industrial tycoons and politicians from home and abroad visited the house. We hope Admini in the future will be an inspiration for good conversation for further growth in business in Grenland, Telemark, and the nation.
Berglund was once a small farm of 50 acres, with a few animals and 100 chickens. In the period 1916-1917, Hydro acquired the farm, along with other farms in Herøya, with the consideration of building up an industrial plant in Herøya. First, in 1929, it was decided that the company would put its factory just in Herøya. Farthest south in this area was set aside space, about 50 acres, for amongst others a director's residency and later the official residency for Norwegian Hydro.
The Director's residence, now called the "villa", was the first building erected on the property. The house was built in 1931-32 as the residence of the then Director, Tormod Gjestland. The Admini was established in 1938 and stood ready for consecration on the 9th of April, 1940. Architect Olaf Lilloe designed both houses, which were built in the so-called "herregård style". Only the best materials were used. Builder Aksel Hagen, who was responsible for the entrance of Admini, toured Telemark and hand-picked the lumber to be used. The floor of the hall in the "villa" was originally the deck of an old sailing ship.
Over the years, Admini, the villa and Casino have undergone a number of facelifts, most recently throughout the 90's and up to today. The buildings appear to be fresh and completely renovated, while the old atmosphere and nobility are conserved.
But they never got dessert.
On the 9th of April 1940, the final official residence, Admini, was completed and Hydro executives invited guests for the inaugeration dinner. When the inauguration festivities were added and planned on the 9th of April 1940, little did they suspect that this day would go down in history for entirely different reasons than Hydro's management had expected. Customers began with dinner, but never got so far as to dessert - so the story goes.