Blow-Up! An inflatable dome lands in London
September 30, 2016

Designed by radical Spanish architecture practice DOSIS for creative workspace Second Home, the temporary structure melds technology with design to inject colour and fun into London's often monotonous skyline

A giant blob descends on London Fields today. At over 400m2 and canary yellow in colour, it is difficult to miss. Designed by emerging Spanish architecture practice DOSIS for creative workspace Second Home, the pneumatic living structure is part amoeba, part alien spacecraft. A far cry from the bland new developments that increasingly cluster the surrounding Hackney skyline, it takes a creative approach to architecture. Pneumatic structures are unique - no other type of structure can be assembled so quickly and also have the capacity to span large areas with a thickness of less than a millimeter. A technologic artefact that automatically responds to wind and pressure, it needs extremely low quantities of energy for fabrication and assembly. Like the iconic inflatable architecture of Archigram and Peter Cook in the 1960s, it is playful and highly adaptable.

 

At over 400m2 and canary yellow in colour, it is difficult to miss.

 

Named Second Dome, the structure will host free community events for local families and children, part of Second Home’s commitment to supporting local communities and civic spaces - and will include animation workshops, film screenings, pinata-designing and science experiments. "Second Home is all about making our cities more creative, innovative and entrepreneurial," Second Home co-founder Rohan Silva said. "That's why we've commissioned this pneumatic structure, which we’ll be taking to different places in the city.” London Fields is its first stop, where it will be inflated for one day only. 

The event celebrates the upcoming permanent Second Home London Fields, set to open in Spring 2017. We are currently hosting an exhibition at the venue to mark the relaunch of POSTmatter, which will be on show until 2nd October.

 

Second Dome will be at London Fields on 1st October. Find out more here

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