Architects : Marta Mendonça & Gonzalo Galindo Client : Heritage Centre for South Holland Programme : Design of five temporary lodging modules in a traditional bulb sheds Status : International competition – Jury’s Special Mention
Our inflatable temporary lodging module – AirBulb, is “an integral whole”, where shape, structure and function are one only element. Air establishes its structure, shaping the object and making it functional.
Two geometrical elements compose the module: an exterior rectangled parallelepiped element contains an elliptical geodesic element.
Parachute cords connect both elements. When inflated with high-pressure air the AirBulb obtains its form, remaining stable due to the tension caused by the parachute cords.
Materials and construction techniques are imported from the latest aeronautical developments, which have proved to resist against simple cuts, climatic aggressions and abrasions.
The Strogan Duotex (a new generation of fabric) – opaque, is applied in the base of the AirBulb and in the element that composes the interior (lodging floor, seats and bed). The polyurethane – transparent sheeting, is used for the elliptical geodesic element and for the vertical and top surfaces of the rectangled parallelepiped element, door and window. In order to give privacy to the users, the vertical surfaces are printed with different images, according to its context and tourism scenarios.