Indian artist Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki joined forces to create the world's largest inflatable concert hall.
We've always been big fans of 'bubbletecture'. In the past we've written plenty of posts about inflatable buildings, structures and interiors. (A little glimpse from 2009: 1, 2, 3.) 'On Space Time Foam', Tomás Saraceno's newest installation in Milan, is another great addition to the ever-growing Pop-Up City Inflatable Database.
Paris-based architects of Atelier Zündel Cristea have launched an idea for an inflatable bridge in the French capital. The inflatable bridge idea was Zündel Cristea's contribution to the international competition of Arch Triumph, which challenges participants to design a new contemporary bridge for the Seine river in Paris. According to the designers, “the proposed design concept should be bold and elegant and differentiate itself from the existing 37 bridges in Paris”.
Earlier this year, the British designer with Indian roots Anish Kapoor launched his Leviathan, which is without any doubt his largest ever artwork. Leviathan is a truly enormous cathedral-like space made from inflated PVC. The black inflatable construction with the dimensions of 33 × 99 × 72 meters, temporarily filled the Grand Palais in Paris in May and June. These images by photographer Cyril Sancereau show the immense impact that the giant installation has on the space inside the palace.
For its May 2011 edition, the architecture festival Bellastock focused on Architecture of Air and Textile. About 1,300 students, reknown architects and artists gathered to conceive and build together an ephemeral inflatable city in the Île-de-France region.
Walter is an enormous white inflatable bunny created by Singapore-based illustrator, artist and all-round creative Dawn Ng. Her creature measures 6 by 4 meters and was inserted in different places throughout Singapore's landscape of standard flats and heartland enclaves, in order to create scenarios filled with surprise and wonder. She took Walter to 30 different spots in and around the city. By placing something surreal in a totally 'invisible normal' scenery, Ng aims to enable people to rediscover the beauty of places and the extraordinary in their everyday lives.