BANGA: abandoned space age bungalows from the 1960s
BANGA: these abandoned space age bungalows have seen better days
all images courtesy of pamela voigt
originally designed in 1971 by an unknown designer, these space age ‘BANGA’ portable bungalows– which were originally produced by bungalows international SRL in milan, have seen better days, as they sit in a soon to be re-developed italian holiday resort. the abandoned futuristic architectural structures – belonging to the post-war architecture and the pop art of the 1960/70s – show extensive wear and tear, with cracks clearly showing in the original glass-reinforced plastic GRP shell. the building’s envelope is made using a sandwich type system- a 30mm foam core sits between 2.5mm thick GRP walls. the 81sqm interior is also made using GRP, which encloses the original internal fabric of the space. the plan accommodates options to install two folding sofa beds, a small bathroom and kitchenette, with integrated furnishings that can provide a compact and private living arrangement.
however, because of the level of neglect, restoration specialist and architect pamela voigt seeks for someone to bring these historic cabins back to their former glory. with proper funding, a restoration can be conducted with the help of the german firm fibertech— who originally built the facade of the walbrook complex in london by foster & partners. to help save the BANGA get in touch with pamela voigt.
the 81sqm BANGAs were intended to be used as a small holiday house for up to four people
a BANGA in its surrounding context
the interior is made using GRP, with each element factory-assembled
the BANGAs need to be restored to their former state
drawing: ground floor
drawing: sectional view
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