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’.
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.