Gallery: Portable buBbLe House Pops Up in a Snap


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.

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  1. kedwa30 May 8, 2011 at 8:21 am

    How does that flat roof fend off the rain? In my experience, the rain will cause a puddle which will push the roof down and eventually collapse the structure under the weight of the water. Other than that, I think it a good concept as long as they don’t actually plan to make the real thing see-thru. I could understand the clear plastic for the concept design, but real people in a mass influx situation would not be able to find enough grass or clothes to fill the walls and make their own privacy. I like the idea of fillable walls so that perhaps rainwater can be stored, or insulation can be added. Sound reduction should also be taken into consideration. The basic need for shelter is as much a retreat from the commotion and stress of the move as it is for shelter from pests, wind, rain, and sun.
    Finally, security is also an issue. No house prevents someone from breaking a window or a wall to get in, but every house has a locking latching door. Even a porta-potty has a latch. In refugee situations people need to be able to feel reasonably safe so that they can rest well enough to pursue their longer term plans.

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