Architecture festivals look to bring a little fun into the industry and introduce the public to new building forms in an accessible fashion, and this is just what DUS Architects have achieved with their Bubble Building at the International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam.
Marketed as ‘The World’s Most Temporary Pavilion’, the Bubble Building is a light-hearted approach to building design, inviting passersby to create the pavilion walls from bubble mixture and metal wands. Only when people work together as a team does the entire pavilion form take shape, inspiring interaction and collaboration between strangers.
The basis of the design is sixteen hexagonal ponds filled with soap and water which together create a 35 sq m reflective surface. Users are able to climb into these glistening puddles wearing rubber boots which gives the effect of walking on water, before the walls are drawn up and the moment captured in ‘bubble snapshots’ for a public website.
In explanation of their concept, DUS Architects detail: “While the building is temporary, the architectural themes it refers to are monumental. It makes tangible the eternal cycle of building and rebuilding. Additionally, the popping bubble is a materialisation of the economic crisis and its effects on the real estate sector and consequently, architecture.
“Continuing this thought, the Bubble Building is also about emerging new forms of collective building, as it takes at least two persons to erect one cell of the pavilion. The more people join in, the larger the pavilion can potentially become.”