Tour Some Cool Bubbletecture From Around the World
In the new book Bubbletecture: Inflatable Architecture and Design, artists, architects and designers from around the world mash-up architecture and inflatables.
Photo By: Guy l'Heureux
Photo By: Phaidon
Photo By: Rasmus Hjortshoj
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Photo By: Penique Productions
Photo By: Virginia Melnyk
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Photo By: Kurt Perschke
Old Meets New
Environmental artist Steve Messam created "Pointed" as a conversation between the old and the new and to "disrupt and transform visitors' perceptions" of an 18th-century setting at the stately Scottish manor house Mellerstain House in Gordan, Scotland.
The British publisher Phaidon has collected an array of projects around the world, that use inflatable elements to create whimsical Bubbletecture structures, artworks and design features.
Created by Bjarke Ingels Group: BIG for various events around Denmark, "Skum" ("foam" in Danish) is an inflatable pavilion—made from the same material as bouncy houses—that can be easily transported and can be inflated in just seven minutes.
Eight interlinked transparent geodesic domes compose the Eden Project created by Grimshaw Architects in Cornwall, England. The domes contain thousands of plant species to simulate a humid, tropical environment in an unexpected place.
Created for the Nave 11 gallery space at the Naves Matadero cultural center in Madrid and created by architecture firm Plastique Fantastique, this playful room was inspired by a rubber glove. Visitors could walk throughout the "wrist" and "fingers" of the sculpture and watch videos projected in the space.
Created by American artist Virginia Melnyk as part of the Clhere Art Crawl in Beijing, China, "Summer Igloo" uses ordinary inflatable pool toys to create a fun geodesic dome. After the art event, the toys were donated to a local children's charity.
Created by Polish design house Zieta Prozessdesign Studio, this pavilion of 35 connected arches was created for an island in Wroclaw, Poland as part of a restoration project of the area following floods in the 1990s. The structure uses innovative Free Internal Pressure Forming to create durable and stable lightweight forms.
Having a Ball
Considered the world's longest-running street art work, the ongoing RedBall Project from American artist Kurt Perschke is a temporary art event that has traveled to over 30 cities around the globe including Toronto, Paris, Chicago and Sydney. Created in 2001 the huge vinyl sphere is squeezed into different unexpected places in its host city every day like bridges, buildings and public squares.