Architect: Inflate, UK
Location: London, UK
Airclad is the next generation of semi permanent and permanent architectural buildings developed by English design team Inflate.
With AirClad, Inflate wanted to develop the next building method that built upon the experiences they had with the previous inflatable buildings, but to create a more solid platform that can be used as the basis to taylor the interior to suit what the brief demands. The AirClad system is also easy to transport and erect. It is fully de-mountable and reusable and requires no need for intrusive concrete foundations.
The AirClad system is in its simplest form is a structural skeleton with air inflated PVC panels cladding it. The skeleton forms and monoquoques structure with the inflated cladding. The inflated panels offer insulated and structural properties to the finished building and especially allow for a new architectural aesthetic to be achieved. AirClad is a sealed pressure regulated system using very little energy to keep the whole structure in working order.
The inflatable pool house is 32 feet long and made out of an opaque and solar-reflective PVC which can be customized in a range of colors, or remain a more subtle white.
This form of inflatable architecture is often dubbed ‘bubbletechture’, and is rapidly making a name for itself as a quirky potential alternative to more traditional prefab structures.
Technical info: Solar-reflective PVC membrane
Picture credits: Inflate