Architecture: Inflatable Pavilion


That creating a space doesn’t have to be a super expensive, long term process, is proven by Berlin based architects Raumlabor. They already have been doing interesting architectural work by temporarily transforming locations (a gallery into a laboratory, a cold corridor into a place with new social qualities) but this space buster project is my favorite.

The pavilion is an inflatable bubble-like dome that emerges from its self-contained compressor housing. The dome expands and organically adjusts to its surroundings. It can be a field, a park with trees, or an urban square. The material is a specially-designed translucent plastic, allowing all kinds of events taking place inside of the shelter (dance parties, lecture series, or dinner buffets).

The event is entirely visible from the outside and likewise the exterior environments become the events’ backdrops. Great for marketing purposes and it raises interesting questions about experience of space. Is the event being held indoors or outdoors;-)? (Photos taken by Alan Tansey).


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