The real estate bubble may have burst, but we’ve found a better, more sustainable bubble to get into: The buBbLe Prototype! This inventive housing alternative is the result of a design collaboration between the office of MMAS and architect-artist Cipriano Chas. The design team aimed to develop a prototype of a non-permanent house simple enough to be transported by any means, while at the same time providing its inhabitants with basic contemporary comforts in any context.
Currently, the prototype consists of a starter kit accommodating a two day stay, and various kit accessories that will complement the needs of longer stays. A compact metal locker holds a 2x2x2 meter cube with a lightweight plastic bubble skin, which is configured upon a drop-down aluminum frame. The walls of the cubic house feature an insulating chamber that can be filled with a variety of materials ranging from water, to air, to grass, to clothing, to whatever the occupant desires. This clever design feature not only provides alternative storage, but works to manage external conditions by providing adjustable eco-friendly insulation as well as offering privacy from the curious eyes which will surly be drawn to the unique structure. Leaps ahead of a traditional tent, the self supporting structure also includes a water hookup, a small kitchen, laundry and lighting.
The buBbLe Prototype was designed to be an independent living facility, nomadic and flexible, that allows the occupants to respond to diverse environmental contexts within a given amount of time. In particular, the designers envision that these units could change a city’s social fabric for the better when erected within underused urban areas for the use of the newly arrived, or displaced, as a comfortable way to transition into the city.
Watch the video of the design team in action as they assemble the buBbLe Prototype in a parking lot on the outskirts of their town here.