Ode to Osaka
At the Oslo National Museum the reconstruction – by Manthey Kula Architects – of the Sverre Fehn’s pavilion for 1970’s Osaka Expo, shows how it was designed with great intelligence, going against the tide of the futuristic rhetoric of the times.
The temporary Ode to Osaka pavilion is an inflatable structure, an organism that breathes with its visitors and acts as the intricate and complex narrative of a game of Chinese nested boxes.
The surrounding architecture is that of the precious Rationalist concrete, wood and glass construction annexed by Sverre Fehn in 2008 to the National Museum in Oslo. A pavilion within a pavilion, this exponential reference to his final and constructed designs makes it more than the temporary reconstruction of an unbuilt project.