By Sun Kim
Posting in Design
Light enough to play catch with, Basic House is a shelter to fold up and carry with you.
Designed by Martin Azua, Basic House is a foldable, inflatable, and reversible quasi-tent that provides instant shelter. The material is a metallicized polyester that, once unfolded, self inflates with body heat or from the heat of the sun. On the inside, the material reflects body heat to protect from cold. When reversed, the material reflects solar heat to provide a cool interior.
Martin Azua is a Barcelona based designer whose designs explore using a minimal amount of material and rely on natural processes or forms of energy to complete the work. The Basic House prototype has been part of collections at MoMA and Vitra Design Museum.
Images: Martin Azua
Jan 23, 2012
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Where can one be purchased if desired and where can we look up details? Is it made in China and going to kill us with fumes or what is it made of? Interesting concept but a lot of details are left out of this
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I'm sory but this is utterly rubbish. I don't understand how can this be more useful or practical then a tent, in those "emergency situations". This is another well intentioned design "concept" with few practical aspects besides serving as an emergency blanket. Seeing him like a ballerina dancing in the sunset by the sea, with "his" house floating...is rather pathetic I must add. This a good example of another "brilliant conceptual" idea that will be the watermark of the XXI century together with the consumist/sell competition/effortless /nocraftwork/"brilliant concept" New Art wave where witnessing. Where is the real value? I apologize for being so blunt.
How flammable is this product? I mean I see it working for camping however if it's highly flammable then possibly look resolving that..
I could have used one of these years ago, when on a 20 mile hike in the mountains we got trapped by a flash flood and had to spend the night out in the middle of nowhere, and it was too cold to sleep.
Is an article? Even at Short Attention Span theater here that's hardly COMMUNICATING. the PRODUCT DOES look dangerous, and just HOW is this so radically DIFFERENT from the 'space blanket' shelters that have been around since the 60's??? Looks to me like generational groupthink...
I don't think this design was meant as a viable replacement for real emergency shelter. But I would rather have one of those than be freezing to death some place, or cooking in the sun.
Absolute garbage. With over twenty years in SAR I think this is absoutely a death trap., and a real false sense of security for those who might carry one. Obviously the "designer" has never been in a "real need" situation., or an emergency. However, I might test one - just to have that much mylar avaible in a prepackaged unit. Then a shelter might be possible - depending on the thickness of the material.
I reserve judgement this shelter until I see it deployed in a real world situation. I would love to see these passed out to bunch of refuges or people displaced from some type of natural disaster. Just to observe the interaction see what evolves from it.
If it's inflatable then it must be air tight. Don't think I'd want to seal myself into an air tight container.
Can they be purchased? If so, where and for how much? If these questions are not answerable, can we expect a followup anytime soon? Not picking on you in particular, Kim. Too often we see promising ideas in this forum that are never seen again, let alone that bloom into real-life, available products.
Airblown decorative inflatables, as used in holiday lawn decor, are anything but airtight. They only stay up with the support of fans.
Since it uses body heat etc., probably has to be a certain temp inside to stay 'up'. Not totally air tight. However my French(?) isn't good enough to understand the voice-over.
Some of the most innovative ideas in design right now are concepts and some never see the light of day. They are still worth looking at and discussing. The Basic House, I think, is two steps past just a concept and one step past prototype. It's an idea that has been 'constructed' and shown to work, even if just in the controlled environment of museum exhibits. I don't know how far the designer is in getting the working prototype to mass--or limited--market but it is something I'd like to ask him in a future Q+A.