jean maneval ( 1923-1986) : the 'six-shell' bubble
the architect, urban designer and theorist, jean maneval developed in 1964 a dwelling unit
made entirely of synthetic materials.
produced industrially and commercialized in series in 1968, it was part of the program to
equip an experimental vacation center in the pyrenean mountains.
each living unit (6 shells) was easily transported by truck. the prefabricated shells were made
of reinforced polyester insulated with polyurethane foam in three colour-versions: white, green
and brown.the bubble blended 'perfectly' into the landscape. production ended in 1970 and only
about 30 were ever made.