Gallery: PREFAB FRIDAY: Inflate


On display at the Mobile Living Conference this weekend will be a series of inflatable structures from UK-based company Inflate.

Given how we gravitate towards a good bouncy air castle, we were thrilled to discover Inflate’s work. Within the medium of inflatability, the firm’s portfolio is incredibly diverse. Their custom work includes interior decor, habitable prefabs, and large event structures that resemble yurts, turtle shells and igloos.

All bouncy fun aside, inflatable structures can be incredibly useful in disaster situations, and any time when someone needs shelter that can be erected in a matter of minutes. Most are made of high-strength textiles that can withstand a variety of outdoor weather conditions. And of course the playful appeal of inflatable structures can’t be denied.

Inflate will be on display at the Mobile Living Conference in New York this weekend (May 21st-23rd) We expect much bouncing to take place:

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  1. Carlos Woortmann July 24, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    My country is seen as one of the “future countries” of the world. Plenty of space, natural resources and energy.
    I am talking about Brazil.
    What we still dont have is a oriented education/soluitons looking forward to sustainable arquitechture and enviorment respect. This is just found among a small portion of uper class people, still not enough to realy make a difference in the big cenario. I ask you if there would be any interest in participating of a serious event focusing on areas souch as technology, arquitechture, natural resouce energy, and other themes with a very good team of people. (sorry for my bad english).

    Best reagards Carlos Woortmann

  2. Eric May 21, 2006 at 5:03 pm

    Good points. Thanks.

  3. Jill May 20, 2006 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Eric-

    I don’t think anyone intends for these to be long-term living solutions. Inflatable structures make great temporary shelter, and work well as something that can be erected in a matter of minutes and then taken down, transported somewhere else, and re-used again and again. In that sense they are very sustainable.

    They cut out all labor and material resources involved in building – and the building industry contributes to 40% of landfill waste each year, and consumes 40% of the world’s energy. While I don’t know much about the high-tech textiles that are used to make these structures (and they very well might not be recyclable or renewable) – I think the general quick and easyness of installation, together with the reuseability of these structures makes them a very sustainable solution for temporary shelter.

  4. Eric May 20, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    As cool as this is, is it really sustainable living? How much constant power is required to keep a building like that inflated?

  5. Joseph Traves May 20, 2006 at 9:35 am

    Please send complete information for placing an order for inflatable housing.

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