The reason why of the temporary architecture isn’t so widespread possibly lies in the fact that, almost always, the commissioning institution isn’t a private but a public one… enough said.
Yet there are cases of some very enlightened public institutions that, as you shall see below, have bravely taken the initiative, with excellent results.
An installation, a work of art, a hotel room: it took courage and ingenuity to build the Manta Hotel, a temporary suite (from August 15th to October 12th) around Helsinki’s famous Siren, render it available to visitors during the day and reserve it for customers wishing to spend the night in it, paying of course. The outcome was that the suite was sold out, with long queues to visit this ‘invention’.

Manta-bathroom

This is a wonderful idea, giving birth to a subtle creation, the result of the Art Museum management’s courage and of the city administration’s support (public money indeed well spent), and of Tatzu Nishi’s rational and at the same time surreal imagination.

He has transformed one of the city’s monuments into a universal icon, presenting the world with a new vantage point from which to view art, and officially opening up infinite, potential opportunities in an area of thinking that fluctuates between art and architecture, between city planning and creative local promotion.

 

Matteo De Bartolomeis

Matteo De Bartolomeis

Born in Milan, a career in professional publishing with a significant interlude in behavioral and methodology training. He went digital and experienced first-hand the birth and rise of the internet, working in IT publishing in the 1990s. Has been working for 12 years with and for Suite magazine and on b2b publishing projects for the contract and hotel industry, with special focus on the international evolution of design, on trends and transformations in the relevant markets and the role of social media in the industry.