Inflatable buildings are not only fun, but they also teach us about the efficiency and innate sustainability of temporary architecture. With their inflatable traveling museum, the architects of Estudio 3.14 expanded upon this educational concept by bringing the experience life in ancient Mexico to today's schoolchildren. Kids can navigate the interior space and learn about the food, technology and customs of the era when the pyramids were new.
The traveling museum is part of a state-supported program that aims to educate elementary school students about the ancient Teuchitlan tradition and compare it to contemporary Mexico. The minister of Culture for Jalisco region commissioned an exhibition inspired by the Guachimontones archaeological site. The exhibition, meant to teach kids about pre-columbian societies that once inhabited the region, is housed in a balloon-like structure designed by Norberto Miranda Feldhahn of Estudio 3.14. Instead of functioning as a conventional museum, this traveling piece of architecture visits local schools and brings the exhibition to kids.
The structure is extremely lightweight and can be easily transported. Translucent and thin, this materials creates diffuse interior lighting that makes it look like a large light source. Inside, a 22-meter long digitally printed and hand-sewn watercolor creates a fun environment, leaving most of the space unoccupied and flexible. Here, different manifestations and educational programs can take place, allowing both kids and adults to get familiarized with the daily life that once took place around ancient pyramids.
Photos by David Corona and Cintia Durán