Breathing Architecture by the collective La Bulle
Ephemeral and lightweight. Creative and Collaborative.
Year : 2015
Function: Inflatable architecture for events.
Site location: Originally from Paris, but enjoys travelling around, in France and abroad.
University / Institution : ENSA Paris-Malaquais, Ensa Belleville and ISTOM Cergy (France)
Contacts: facebook: laBulle.collectif. Website: https://ello.co/labulle
Learning by doing (together).
La Bulle (literally “the Bubble”) is an association created in 2015 whose members are from multidisciplinary origins (architects, designers, sustainable engineers, artists and members of various artistic associations). The association supports local development by promoting socio-cultural and artistic activities. Their first collective experimentation happened in 2011, during the architecture festival Bellastock “La ville en un souffle” (“ One breathe City”). This festival was the starting point of a series of reflexions and experimentations, seeking to explore the qualities and the opportunities provided by inflatable architecture.
Thereafter, the association La Bulle found its identity as an associative experimentation project where inflatable architecture is considered as a creative media in itself, made of air and light. The nomadic bubble adapts itself to the context, and embraces its educational, artistic and social vocation. For each completed structure, the goal is therefore to create a new modular space that can be transported, installed and experienced as a playful place, promoting discoveries and encounters between participants.
The world as a field of exploration
The biggest benefit of such inflatable structure consists in this unlimited potential of adaptation and experimentation, that can take many forms for many uses, depending of the program. The high diversity of uses and collaborations proposed by the collective stimulates the project and multiply the potentials,as every bubble generates new people interactions, materializing nomadic areas, drawing new ephemeral spatial dialogues.
Ephemeral and lightweight,
The bubble generates a new experience between confined and outdoor spaces.
Nomad, it binds the participants around a new immersive experience at the intersection of sound and visual plastics.
This fun and unusual space is a place of exchange and sharing.
The air gives it its shape, its actors give it their breath.
To discover Jean Roulin’s photographs: http://www.sous-tes-reins.com/
Author: Rotating Editor Paris