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Norwegian capital hosts Sverre Fehn exhibition. One of Norway’s most gifted architects is highlighted at Oslo’s National Museum - Architecture, premiering his Breathing Balloon Pavilion. Ode to Osaka explores Sverre Fehn’s design for the Nordic Pavilion at the World Expo in Osaka, Japan in 1970. Although he did not win the competition, his design has now been recreated at the Museum using archival material left behind from his competition entry.

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Norwegian capital hosts Sverre Fehn exhibition

Published on Monday, 8th June, 2015 at 09:58 under the entertainment category, by Sarah Bostock.

One of Norway’s most gifted architects is highlighted at Oslo’s National Museum - Architecture, premiering his Breathing Balloon Pavilion.

Ode to Osaka
Photograph of the installationOde to Osaka
Photo: Nasjonalmuseet/Annar Bjørgli


Ode to Osaka explores Sverre Fehn’s design for the Nordic Pavilion at the World Expo in Osaka, Japan in 1970.

Although he did not win the competition, his design has now been recreated at the Museum using archival material left behind from his competition entry.

Fehn’s concept is described as consisting of “two inflatable forms, in which the fresh air would stand in contrast to Osaka's heavily polluted air outside.”

The new installation has been constructed within Fehn’s existing pavilion (2008). Visitors are able to enter the pulsating pavilion and experience it from the outside, it is stated.

Fehn (1924-2009) received international attention for his Norwegian Pavilion at the World Exhibition in Brussels in 1958, as well as in 1962 for his Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Norwegian Glacier Museum (2007)
Norwegian Glacier Museum (2007)
Bendikhor/Wikimedia Commons
His awards include the 1997 Pritzker Architecture Prize for his 1991 Glacier Museum, located in western Norway’s Sogn og Fjordane County.

“I always thought I was running away from traditional Norwegian architecture, but I soon realised that I was operating within its context. How I interpret the site of a project, the light, and the building materials have a strong relationship to my origins,” he has said.

Born in Kongsberg, Fehn attended what is now known as the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and received his degree in 1949.

He was both a professor at the AHO from 1971 to 1995, and the educational institution’s rector between 1986 and 1989.

“When I build on a site in nature that is totally unspoiled, it is a fight, an attack by our culture on nature. In this confrontation, I strive to make a building that will make people more aware of the beauty of the setting, and when looking at the building in the setting, a hope for a new consciousness to see the beauty there, as well,” Sverre Fehn has remarked.

Ode to Osaka is on display up to 13th September this year. Oslo-located Manthey Kula Architects developed and adapted the project as a full-scale installation.

This summer’s exhibition of his work at the National Museum - Architecture follows last year’s Venice: Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion.



Published on Monday, 8th June, 2015 at 09:58 under the entertainment category, by Sarah Bostock.

This post has the following tags: architecture, oslo, fehn.





  
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