We've long advocated temporary design with a tiny footprint, but no structure is more temporary, nor more beautiful, than this awesome Bubble Building by DUS Architects. Created this Spring as part of the ZigZagCity festival in Rotterdam, the iridescent pavilion consists of 16 hexagonal-shaped ponds full of soapy water that together make up 35 square meters of reflective space. Visitors create their own buildings by stepping into the ponds wearing rubber boots and then pulling up steel handlebars to construct fleeting soap walls around them.
At first glance, the Bubble Building is just a fun way to spend an afternoon, but for DUS Architects, it also addresses more serious design, environmental, fiscal and social issues. The visitor’s inclination to build and rebuild the bubble building once it pops makes tangible the never-ending cycle of building and rebuilding in real-life architecture, which has serious environmental consequences.
The bubble’s inevitable pop makes reference to the global economic crises, while the community aspect of the temporary pavilion points to the necessity of cooperation in architecture. More than one person is required to build the “walls” of one cell, while a greater number of people together can create something much larger. This is true in society as well. But mostly DUS Architects wanted people to experience their soapy experience (however brief) into a lifelong mental monument that is far more powerful than any physical building could ever be. If you like this project, you’ll enjoy “Solace” – an art installation that explores the properties of soap bubbles.
images via DUS Architects’ Facebook page