Ode to Osaka / Manthey Kula

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Text description provided by the architects. Architect Sverre Fehn’s competition entry for the Scandinavian pavilion at the World Fair in Osaka 1970 is part of the Norwegian National Museum – Architecture’s collection. Fehn’s proposal of a breathing structure where images of Scandinavian nature was to be projected on the expanding and contracting walls did not win the competition and was never realized.

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The inflated structure is considered to be atypical in Fehn’s production, but the iconic images of the flexible, moving structure still have their power.

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As part of a strategy for activating its collection the museum commissioned architects Manthey Kula to develop a concept for some kind of realization of Sverre Fehn’s competition entry. The task was very open: What was envisioned was a functioning scale model. However the idea to develop the project in order to have it built inside the museum pavilion – which is Fehn’s last built work – was presented quite early and supported by the museum.

Ode to Osaka / Manthey Kula - Chair, Arch, Column
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The installation on show is a result of a design process where important questions concerning the solution of the built piece and it’s relationship to the initial competition entry had to be addressed and sorted out: The questions concerned technical issues, matters of form and material, geometry, size and siting, and eventually that of exhibition content.

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What can now be experienced in the museum is not Sverre Fehn’s project for the Osaka World fair. It is a contemporary installation based on, and honoring his idea of a breathing space. It is a structure consisting of an airlock building and an inflated moving space. All details are developed in order for the installation to be dismounted and re-erected.  There are no objects on show – only space.

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Cite: "Ode to Osaka / Manthey Kula" 21 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/772198/ode-to-osaka-manthey-kula> ISSN 0719-8884

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