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Brief Published: 29 Jun 2012

Bubbletecture for the Home: Casabubble and AirClad


The popularity of Bubbletecture (structures made from inflatable materials) for use at home continues to rise. The latest company to launch in this field is Casabubble – a company helmed by two French designers based in California.

Its inflatable outdoor rooms are designed to provide guests with all the comforts of an indoor environment while allowing them to experience the pleasure of being outdoors. Casabubble structures come in several variations and sizes, the largest being a combination of up to three connected rooms. But the translucent dome-like design means that all Bubbles have panoramic views, including the sky, making the experience considerably more immersive than a standard gazebo or summerhouse.

Interest in temporary outdoor rooms is also gaining momentum in the UK. British inflatable design expert AirClad’s latest development is the Black House. While the design more closely resembles a traditional house, the premise of extending the home is very similar. The designers suggest it could be used as a garden room, play house or pool house.

For more on architectural responses to consumers growing cravings for nature, balance and retreat within the built environment, see our reports Return to Nature and The Big Retreat. In addition, for more information on how transparent architecture is helping to communicate new social, domestic and political values, see the report Transparent Architecture.