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Bubble Building, The Netherlands, ZigZagCity, Rotterdam, DUS Architects, temporary design, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, global economic crises, tiny footprint, interactive design, community

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.

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