The core argument of this proposal is the appropriateness of creating temporary residential spaces in contemporary cities, thus learning the values of ephemeral, dynamic and flexible elements.
In the cracks of programmed elements we find the most dynamic, convulsed spaced of the city every day. Urban voids (suitable for being spontaneously and immediately appropriated), public spaces (basically stable but with potential for programmed flexibility) and even some private spaces (for years underused and waiting to be exploited) might on many occasions receive non-permanent dwellings that solved temporary problems or decisions.

As a starting point of this research we have tackled the design and construction of a prototype. buBbLe is an independent, nomadic, flexible dwelling mechanism that allows its occupants to give an answer to different time situations. buBble comprises a basic kit for up to two days’ stays, and various kit accessories that will complement the needs of long stays.
Starting with a transportable suitcase, a solution has been put forward for four basic problems that have not been solved by conventional temporary structures: to be uniform in height along the entire surface; to have a cover that provides insulation and comfort, and which can be adapted to the specific circumstances; to have a solid structure that ensures rigidity; and to provide basic hygienic conditions.



The 2x2x2m dwelling is composed of an unfoldable aluminium structure. The very box used to carry this structure can be used as a piece of furniture that supplies three elements usually considered basic denominators of our idea of a house – the cook, the sink, and the lighting. Complementarily, accessories such as an external shower or a chemical toilet could be added for longer uses of the dwelling.
The box containing the structure is initially 130x45x45. The plastic covering the dwelling is presented as a single piece for an easier installation and better sealing. The bottom part, also made in plastic,includes an inflatable bed. Once the metal frame has been installed, the box is placed in the back corner in order to give stability to the house.
The box can also be used as a block of services for the house.
The envelope is composed of a welded double plastic layer forming several bubbles. These may be filled with different materials, such as air, water, clothing, dead leaves, cardboard etc through valves and zips located on
every side of the envelope. This cover is intended to meet the inhabitant’s needs according to the heat and privacy conditions s/he may need at each time, while reusing the waste generated by the city. This changing nature of the inner materials helps enhance their ‘customisation’
potential and assert different identities.

Patricia Muñiz + Luciano G. Alfaya
Collaboration of Cipriano Chas

buBbLe (temporary dwelling prototype) by MMASA Studio and Cipriano Chas in Spain won the WA Award Cycle 10. Please find below the WA Award poster for this project.

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