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OSA arched-tent for Norwich festival shelved

The Office of Subversive Architecture’s (OSA) temporary pavilion for the Contemporary Art Norwich Festival has been mothballed following problems with a subcontractor

The 9.5m tall structure, described as a ‘contemporary monument’ that reinterprets the city’s Gothic arches, was meant to have been one of the showpieces of the two-month long event which started on 8 July.

According to OSA founder Karsten Huneck, the project has had to be postponed due to the ‘sudden withdrawal’ of the company charged with the co-ordination of the project.

Huneck said: ‘We have the fabric and everything has been set up and designed to go but [the withdrawalhas meant] the structure and the foundations have not been produced, hence the delay.’

‘This happened without any warning and left us in a very bad position.’

The practice hopes the scheme, dubbed Norwich 13 (see below), will feature in the city’s next festival in April 2010.

OSA bring a new arch to Norwich (22 June 2009)

The Office of Subversive Architecture has designed this temporary pavilion – dubbed Norwich 13 – as a ‘contemporary monument’ reinterpreting the Gothic arch

Sat on the flat roof of a public toilet, the 9.5m-tall structure is billed as a ‘playful’ textile-inspired addition to the city’s 12 famed heritage landmarks.

The building, at the corner of St Ethelberts’ Gate and Upper King Street, will host 13 events, each for just 13 people - including yoga classes and a cocktail night.

Part of CAN09, the Contemporary Art Norwich Festival, the building will open between 8 July and 31 August.

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