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German-designed bubble to tour London parks

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[FIRST LOOK] German architecture and art collaboration Raumlabor-Berlin has unveiled its designs for a touring, ‘translucent’, temporary pavilion

The bubble-shaped structure, part of the Portavilion: Changing Social Sculpture programme, will be set up in fifteen parks around the capital between May and September this year.

The pod-like structure will house a series of events organised by a number of London’s leading cultural big hitters including Sadler’s Wells, Tate Modern and the Roundhouse.

According to Raumlabor, the design collective has been experimenting with ‘bubbletecture’ since 2006 and has already created ‘air-supported mobile sculptures’ which have been attached to vans and trailers.

A spokesman for the practice said: ‘This translucent bubble can squeeze under bridges, wrap around trees or nestle into corners, providing a nomadic, inside/outside space in which people can perform, debate, eat or simply hang out.’

Raumlabor's bubble-shaped Portavilion - version in New York 2009

Raumlabor’s bubble-shaped Portavilion - version in New York 2009

The bubble will appear in a range of green spaces including Potters Fields Park, the grounds of Eltham Palace and Kensington Gardens (May - July 2010) and will also form a key part of the T-Mobile Big Dance festival before touring the five Olympic host boroughs in East London.

After that it will visit central London spaces including Burgess Park, Primrose Hill and Battersea Park where the programme will include architecture events for the London Festival of Architecture and performances.


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