bubbles by orproject proposes architecture for a healthy life bubbles by orproject proposes architecture for a healthy life
feb 02, 2014

bubbles by orproject proposes architecture for a healthy life

bubbles by orproject proposes architecture for a healthy life
all images courtesy of orproject




a response to the bad air quality which affects many cities in the developing world, ‘bubbles’ by orproject proposes an enclosed park, protecting inhabitants and providing a healthy and green city environment. the scheme includes a botanical garden where air is filtered, and temperature and humidity are controlled throughout the year. surrounding the park, structures are also connected to the air system, housing residences, office space and retail outlets. additionally, sports and medical facilities can make specific use of the refined oxygen.

the design is light-weight, feasible and affordable




the scheme references conceptual projects by buckminster fuller, by envisioning a structure which is light-weight, feasible and affordable. the costs of the large canopy would be recovered by the development of the surrounding buildings. the geometry of the design is generated using algorithms which imitate veins in leaves or butterfly wings. the project’s temperature is regulated through ground source heat exchange, while electricity is generated via solar cells integrated into the roof’s surface.

surrounding the park, buildings are also connected to the regulated air system




the controlled internal climate allows the growth of plants from all over the world, meaning that the system can be used to enclose an urban botanical garden, or other applications operating at a variety of scales. it can be used to enclose playgrounds, form the atrium of an office building or cover the gardens of an apartment complex.

plan view

elevation showing the form of the roof

the roof  can be used to enclose playgrounds or cover the gardens of an apartment complex

detail of the roof canopy

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    (2 articles)


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news