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Practices hope to inflate interest in architecture with 'bouncy buildings' - images

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Sergison Bates, Peter Cook and AOC have signed up to a wacky scheme to encourage interest in architecture through the creation of 'bouncy buildings'.

The architects have submitted designs and are in talks with specialist 3D exhibitor Inflate and Stockholm-based designer Medium to promote the 2007 'Bouncy Building' touring exhibition, which is backed by the Architecture Foundation and will visit the UK, Sweden and Japan.

The creations would look more at home at a child's birthday party than an architecture exhibition; and that, says Medium designer Jake Ford, is just the point.

He said: 'Architecture exhibitions are normally just flat artworks and images - but these bouncy buildings will be taken to London, Stockholm and Tokyo and will stimulate interest in architecture.

'Testing new possibilities for architecture through inflatable buildings allows a large public audience to have the unique opportunity to interact and play with full-scale architectural models,' Ford added.

The buildings will be installed in public places, where people will be encouraged to interact with them. Peter Cook and bouncy-building collaborator Crab Studio are hoping that their swirling shell-like creation will find a spot in London's Trafalgar Square.

Ford said Medium was still in talks with backers, but that he was confident that more architects and designers would join the exhibition.

The bouncy buildings are expected to visit London, Stockholm and Tokyo this summer.

by Max Thompson

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