Bluetube - Non Architecture

Bluetube

Year: 2010

Function: bar, academic festival

Site location: Porto, Portugal

Nationality: Portuguese

University / Institution: Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto

The BLUETUBE BAR presents the TUBE-IT system as a feasible and flexible low-cost constructive resource. This system is based on the assembly of “corrugated tube” and “plastic clamps” and it has recently been tested in the construction of a temporary bar for the annual academic festival in Porto – [Queima das Fitas do Porto 2010].

TUBE-IT system and Bluetube Bar structure © António Martins | Carlos Foyedo | Luís Grilo

TUBE-IT system and Bluetube Bar structure
© António Martins | Carlos Foyedo | Luís Grilo

Horizontally, the given intervention area was limited to a 3x3m square, whilst vertically the construction should not exceed 5m high. Constrained by the restricted budget, the requested functional device / building should nonetheless emphasize, by its materiality, an outstanding alluring outcome.

Plan | Bluetube Bar © António Martins | Carlos Foyedo | Luís Grilo

Plan | Bluetube Bar
© António Martins | Carlos Foyedo | Luís Grilo

Detail and section | Bluetube Bar © António Martins | Carlos Foyedo | Luís Grilo

Detail and section | Bluetube Bar
© António Martins | Carlos Foyedo | Luís Grilo

When applying the TUBE-IT system, the chosen main material – corrugated tube – is rolled up around a given existing structure in a helicoid manner. In addition to its structural purpose – i. e. to attach the different tube layers to each other as well as to the structure itself – the plastic clamps enhance the desired visual impact of the whole. This kind of tube, usually used in construction with an infrastructural role, becomes the design’s primary element.

TUBE-IT system and Bluetube Bar model © António Martins | Carlos Foyedo | Luís Grilo

TUBE-IT system and Bluetube Bar model
© António Martins | Carlos Foyedo | Luís Grilo

Plastic clamps effect in the façade | Bluetube Bar © Carlos Trancoso

Plastic clamps effect in the façade | Bluetube Bar
© Carlos Trancoso

Conceptually such an approach departs from a system of modular repetition and explores the continuity of a single element. The building process – managed “in situ” – stressed out and demonstrated both feasibility and versatility of the developed system, reinforcing at the same time the idea that it may just as well be capable of hosting a diversity of other spatial and constructive challenges.

Building process – Queimódromo, Oporto | Bluetube Bar © Carlos Trancoso

Building process – Queimódromo, Oporto | Bluetube Bar
© Carlos Trancoso

Building process – Queimódromo, Oporto | Bluetube Bar © Carlos Trancoso

Building process – Queimódromo, Oporto | Bluetube Bar
© Carlos Trancoso

Details | Bluetube Bar © Carlos Trancoso

Details | Bluetube Bar
© Carlos Trancoso

Details | Bluetube Bar © Carlos Trancoso

Details | Bluetube Bar
© Carlos Trancoso

Built project – “Queima das Fitas”, Queimódromo, Oporto | Bluetube Bar © Carlos Trancoso

Built project – “Queima das Fitas”, Queimódromo, Oporto | Bluetube Bar
© Carlos Trancoso

 

Author: António Martins, Carlos Foyedo, Luís Grilo.

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