Ode to Osaka, National Museum of Architecture Oslo
The Ode to Osaka exhibition emerges from the archival traces left behind from Sverre Fehn’s unrealised 1970 pavilion competition entry. The Norwegian architect took part in a competition to design the Nordic Pavilion with his 53135 proposal for the World Expo in Osaka, Japan that year. In homage, the National Museum – Architecture has reconstructed Fehn’s entry. His concept for a breathing pavilion consists of two inflatable forms, in which fresh air stand in contrast to Osaka’s heavily pollution. In The Vault, Fehn’s project juxtaposes a futuristic visions and architectural experiments that were actually built for Expo ’70 in Osaka, and for which the event is remembered. This tribute gives the public an opportunity to contemplate a vision that aims at a sensuous experience. The reconstruction was taken-on by Manthey Kula. The exhibition is also included in the museum’s permanent Building Ideas showcase; three of the six boards from Fehn’s original competition entry are presented.
Ode to Osaka runs till 13 September at the National Museum – Architecture in Oslo.