Bubbles project offers an installation of an area that sealed with canopy and filled with clean air. This is a great idea for Beijing with its toxic pollution problem, Orproject, a London based architect, would do a great favor for the city. It can be constructed of an enclosed park inside the city where there’s a botanical garden, temperature and humidity controlled all the year, and of course, the air inside is clean and fresh. Even the surrounding buildings can also take advantage of this fresh air. The unique geometry of this light weight structure system has been designed and generated using special algorithm that simulates the development of veins in leaves or butterfly wings. All heating and cooling of the air is done using a ground source heat exchange system, the canopy surface is integrated with solar cells so that Bubbles can also generate electricity from solar energy.
Designer : Orproject
Ideally, this canopy is installed to cover botanical gardens in many cities so that those gardens are protected even when the city has to deal with toxic pollution. This can also be a great attraction for tourists, the garden can become recreational facilities, a place for local people to hangout. Both children and adults can learn about plants and experience nature, the humidity level and temperature are controlled to allow the growth of plants from any climate.
The basic idea of Bubbles is actually not new, it was famously proposed by Buckminster Fuller with his dome over New York, unfortunately, the concept proposal is not practical to construct. This time, Orproject is working together with a specialist contractor to proposes a new concept which is lightweight, affordable, and highly practical. It can be applied to various places not just a botanical garden, it can enclose playgrounds or school yards, even office building complex and shopping mall.