Gallery: Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your ...

Martin Azua's Basic House is a brilliant self-inflating shelter that you can fold up and take with you - wherever the wind blows! With economic downturns, population growth, and dwindling space creating a widespread reversal of basic values, the lightweight tent-like structure provides a cozy low-impact shelter that can be set up in a snap and could be perfect for post-disaster applications.

Made of metallic polyester, the basic house is like a tiny, self-inflating prefab home. As soon as it interacts with either body temperature or heat from the sun, the inflatable shelter transforms from a flat sheet of material to an insulated home that provides shelter against the elements. And if it’s warm outside, it is possible to turn the house inside out so that it deflects solar gain.

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The designer argues that this product, which has been featured at MoMA since 2007 and the Vitra Design Museum, creates a more immediate and less complicated interaction with nature than our runaway consumption habits have created.

+ Martin Azua


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  1. Christer Dahl November 12, 2014 at 5:35 am

    So, what if theres no wind, will it collapse? and if it is wind, it must constantly blow through the opening, which will chill the heated air?
    Didnt quite understand this great concept…

  2. Crispy Garcia August 17, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Take my money!!!!

  3. Craig Olmsted June 10, 2014 at 3:35 am

    I want to know where to get one.

  4. catherine hubert June 9, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    How long does it stay inflated? Most bubble type structures require a fan to stay upright.

  5. Erin Stein September 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I want to buy one, where can it be purchased?

  6. Rita Germanos August 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Really how can one purchase?

  7. yvonneswanson January 31, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I think is is such a fantastic idea! Are pocket homes available for purchase? If so where do I find information?

  8. bootle1947 January 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Terrific idea. Where and when will it be available and how much will it cost?

  9. Anne Johnson January 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    This would be a great addition to one’s emergency disaster kit.

  10. aghbuilders January 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Wow what an incredible idea.. This would be great for an overnight camping trip or a hike.

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