Love the Treading Lightly, Portability And Size, But Is The Bubbletree Green?


Images credit Bubbletree

I recently wrote Love the Green Roof. But Is It An Example of Green Design? including a section on why so many small spaces get on TreeHugger, writing that "One can certainly make the case that they tread lightly, and provide space and privacy" and "because I love showing beautifully designed small spaces". I also included temporary uses as green. Then Alex at Shedworking shows the Bubbletree, and I have to eat my words.

The designer Pierre Stephane Dumas writes:

Bubble huts are like an ataraxics catalyst [architectspeak for tranquilizer, see Witold here on Emerging Tectonic Visualization and the Effects of Materiality on Praxis], a place apart where getting rest, breathing and standing back. Thanks to its geometry and its working principle, hosts can benefit from an amazing acoustic effect. Noises coming from the outside are reduced and noises coming from the inside echo towards the sphere´s hub. This echo drives people to speak quietly bringing about a feeling of appeasement favorable to have a nap.

Now I must say, when Archigram was proposing inflatable bubble houses 40 years ago, it was very impressive.


Suitaloon. image credit Archigram

But even then, they faced the same problem of having to keep an energy-sucking fan going all of the time, and the thing looks like it is made of vinyl, not our favourite material.

So in the end, even though it is small, portable, and reminds me of one of my favourite architectural movements, I don't think anyone can call it green. More at Bubbletree.

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