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Portable buBbLe House Pops Up in a Snap
Posted By Diane Pham On September 22, 2009 @ 2:30 pm In Architecture,Disaster-proof design,Prefab Housing | 1 Comment
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 .
+ MMASA 
Via Plataforma Arquitectura 
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URLs in this post:
 The buBbLe Prototype: http://bubbleprototype.blogspot.com/
 MMAS: http://mmasa.net/
 transported: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/22/origami-inspired-folding-bamboo-house-by-ming-trang/
 bubble skin: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/08/bubbletecture-stadium-popping-up-in-melbourne/
 grass: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/16/lawnge-chairs-grassy-green-park-lounges-in-the-netherlands/
 nomadic: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/08/the-expandable-mobile-mini-house/
 here: http://http://www.enimaxes.com/go/?p=296
 Plataforma Arquitectura: http://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/2009/08/28/bubble-prototype-mmasa-cipriano-chas/
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