frackenpohl poulheim: the cave dome tent for heimplanet
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jun 11, 2012
frackenpohl poulheim: the cave dome tent for heimplanet


‘the cave’ by frackenpohl poulheim for heimplanet
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as an alternative to traditional tents, german duo frackenpohl poulheim (thorsten frackenpohl & andré poulheim) have
designed ‘the cave’ for hamburg-based company heimplanet. this system offers a highly efficient and stable structure – an inflatable
geodesic dome. with the help of the IDG (inflatable diamond grid), it allows for pitching in less than a minute. the IDG is a
self-supporting airframe formed
out of 5 modular double-layer air beams. they can be divided into five
separate air chambers to
provide a stable stance even in case of damaged parts
. inflating the tent with a normal hand pump takes less than minute. to deflate
simply release all five valve openings and the air will remove itself on its own. its round ground design offers space for three to
sleep and up to six to sit together. the five point-symmetrical
roof slope that offers several run-offs for rain. the IDG also allows
for great stability in wind up to 120km/h.

‘the cave’ was presented at the central exhibition space of DMY berlin 2012, located in the former city airport berlin tempelhof.


outer tent made with waterproof, durable lightweight polyester material
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valves for inflating and deflating
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storage bag
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water repellent nylon interior with mosquito net
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sloped roof for water run-off
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full exterior view



IDG top view


close up of IDG


‘the cave’ at night


clockwise: outer tent, inner tent, ground concept, grid


dimensions


first prototype


prototype connecting frame to tent


testing water run-off


‘the cave’ – set-up


‘the cave’ – deflating the tent

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