Talk about bringing the party with you. This pop-up night club made of black PVC membrane can be deflated and transported to another location as soon as the party is over. The temporary installation SHELTER, designed by BUREAU A, may seem tiny, but is big enough to fit furniture, a bar, a spot for a DJ and even a dance floor.
BUREAU A designed SHELTER for the annual meeting of the Swiss Architectural Association (BSA/FAS). The inflatable structure is inspired by the shape of underground shelters, filtered through the theoretical work of Gaston Bachelard and Paul Virilio, as well as Beatriz Colomina’s research into the domesticity of postwar America.
The architects’ fascination with the concept of underground architecture resulted in a mysterious black structure that inhabits modern space and allows the exploration of what is hidden. “For one night, the black hole of a neat and well organized society is revealed as a potential for distortion, a potential of let-go and provoke, with a slight smile, the unsaid and the sweat,” said the architects.
Photos by Dylan Perrenoud