Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

by , 02/24/14

Beijing’s record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions – and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic Bubbles filled with fresh air! The inflatable spaces would contain parks and botanical gardens that provide fresh air to residents sick of choking on the city’s ever-present smog.

Beijing, China, Pollution, Smog, Orproject, bubbles, biodomes, Christoph Klemmt, architecture, biomimicry

Orproject is an innovative design practice founded in 2006 that tends to explore advanced geometries with an ecological leaning. Bubbles is based on a lightweight structural system developed to mimic butterfly wings and the veins of leaves. The system utilizes a material known as ETFE, which is the same material used in China’s National Swim Center at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. This transparent and stretchy plastic could be used to create wonderful domes that allow light in while protecting inhabitants from pollution.

Orproject founder Christoph Klemmt envisions that this biome will create different micro-climates within the same space – bringing to life tropical forests next to deserts. Heating and cooling of the space will be controlled through a ground source heat exchange system, while electrical needs will be provided by solar panels integrated into the canopy structure. Their toughest challenge will be the Chinese government and developers – Klemmt was quoted in an interview with Co. Exist saying: “The big park is our dream, which depends on a lot of other people, including the government. If we were to realize this for a schoolyard, it’d be much easier for it to happen.”

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Via Co. Exist

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  1. timbaland79 March 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you.

  2. mogman February 24, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Talk about a golden band-aid for a mortal self inflicted wound. Much cheaper (not nice though) to force everyone to use their dry cleaning bag over their heads and one small canister allotted per day of clean air. Polluting factories are government owned….. pass some green laws and arrest the polititions. Stop the government pollution virus in China before its contagion spreads to America.

  3. Matthew Aronson February 23, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    The winning element would be if the structure actively interacted with and cleaned the polluted outside air. Marry that functionality and the government of any polluted city would have trouble turning this down. One question – is the space public or private – is this a novelty for the rich and those with access to power, or for everyone?

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