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July 15, 2011

The Bubble collection is a range of portable transparent domed huts, created by French des...

The Bubble collection is a range of portable transparent domed huts, created by French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas (Image by BubbleTree)

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French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas has created a range of portable transparent huts, offering a quiet space to retreat to. The idea behind his Bubble collection was to create a temporary leisure accommodation that had the least impact on the surrounding environment, whilst also giving the impression of being amongst nature. The range includes the BubbleTree, CristalBubble, BubbleLodge and BubbleRoom, which are all suitable to spend a night in, without disturbing the natural surroundings.

"I designed this eccentric shelter with the goal to offer an unusual experience under the stars while keeping all the comfort of a bedroom suite," says Dumas. "Bubble huts are for me like an ataraxic catalyst, a place apart where getting rest, breathing and standing back".

Additionally, the unique design and geometry of the Bubble creates a silencing acoustic effect. "Noises coming from the outside are reduced and noises coming from the inside echo towards the sphere's hub. This echo drives people to speak quietly bringing about a feeling of appeasement favorable to have a nap," explains Dumas.

The CristalBubble  (Image by BubbleTree)

Installation of the Bubbles is reportedly quick and easy. Featuring an air renewal system, the Bubble maintains its sphere shape by utilizing a blower that constantly creates soft pressure against the walls. This air pressure also avoids moisture problems and provides a constant flow of fresh air into the interior of the bubble.

The CristalBubble and the BubbleRoom can fit a king size bed, and feature an entry lock offering a space for personal belongings. All Bubble huts are 4 meters (13 feet) in diameter and are made of reinforced, anti-fire and ultraviolet-protective plastic. Each hut comes with a wooden floor (separable in 9 or 10 parts), a portable blower with filter, a protective cover and a transport bag.

These Bubbles don't come cheap, however. Prices for the CristalBubble start from EUR 7766 (US$10,987) and are available from BubbleTree.

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7 Comments

With a totally clear transparent surface how does it no become an oven on a sunny day?

yrag
15th July, 2011 @ 08:17 pm PDT

$11,000 to sleep inside what is essentially the same as a jumping castle. what a joke.

Denis Klanac
17th July, 2011 @ 12:10 am PDT

I think this would be really great in a COOL temperate climate.

Rather voyeristic too.

Mr Stiffy
17th July, 2011 @ 08:50 pm PDT

let me try one for free i will do a blog from different locations in northern Canada i am optimistically skeptical at this point.

Bill Ray Odermatt
18th July, 2011 @ 07:21 am PDT

for the same price can buy a floating one with electrical propulsion

Peter Jacops
18th July, 2011 @ 08:18 am PDT

It's awesome, but the price is ridicolous.

Krister Knutars
19th July, 2011 @ 09:22 am PDT

I've seen these run as mobile hotels - the first picture in the article is taken just near where I live in France. See here: http://www.nuit-nature.fr/

It's around 270 euro per night in summer, 450 euro in winter (I guess it needs a lot of heating!). You can also rent them as a kind of private restaurant for a few hours.

Synchro
26th July, 2011 @ 03:53 pm PDT
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