dmvA: blob VB3
dmvA: blob VB3 dmvA: blob VB3
jan 05, 2010

dmvA: blob VB3

‘blob VB3’ by dmvA photo by mick couwenbergh/rini van beek




belgian architectural firm dmvA designed ‘blob VB3’, a mobile unit for the office of xfactoragencies as an extension to the ‘house’. the  space – egg house consists of a bathroom, kitchen, lighting, a bed and several niches for storage. the nose can be opened automatically and functions as a kind of porch. it easily transportable and can also be used as an office, guestroom or garden house. polyester was the primarily material used in construction of the ‘blob VB3’, which has been built by AD&C.

photo by vercruysse frederik

photo by vercruysse frederik

photo by vercruysse frederik

photo by vercruysse frederik

photo by vercruysse frederik

photo by vercruysse frederik

the blob can be opened the front and side photo by mick couwenbergh/rini van beek

image courtesy dmvA photo by mick couwenbergh/rini van beek

image courtesy dmvA photo by mick couwenbergh/rini van beek

the frame of the ‘blob’ photo by mick couwenbergh/rini van beek

photo by mick couwenbergh/rini van beek image courtesy dmvA

the shell surface image courtesy dmvA photo by mick couwenbergh/rini van beek

the interior of the shell image courtesy dmvA photo by mick couwenbergh/rini van beek

plan of blob VB3 image courtesy dmvA


project info:

design: dmvA principal: rini van beek/ xfactoragencies team: david driesen, tom verschueren, thomas denturck location: anywhere/ mobile general contractor: AD&C thomas denturck constructional engineer: AD&C built area: 20 m2 completion 2009

  • I like this house but I think it’s based on an idea of [url=]Krups[/url] engineers that designed couple of years ago a egg shaped storage cabinet for coffee.

    Krups says:
  • i don’t like it at all…if you place this strange egg-shaped house in any landscape it stands out like a sore thumb! being inside of it you don’t see anything happening outside (if it’s closed of course!). maybe it would be better to place a window?… and the bed seems to be really comfortable to get in.. :/

    so_os says:
  • it’s a shitty and unrealistic pod.
    Ok as one off but hasn’t got any future whatsoever.

    hingamp says:
  • The concept is great. Alternative housing. I would prefer a bit more modular, but it’s the idea that counts. Just think, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was ridiculed as a failure from day one. Disney made his entire kingdom on the success of it. Ideas like this house can revolutionize the world.

    anti-skeptic says:
  • Goose egg. As in big fat zero. It does give me an idea for a travel trailer but needs windows and better storage. This much open shelving is dumb. How to transport this? Will it roll around in a good wind? Is there no heater no cooler? This thing would be an oven in the sun. No screening on the door? You have wasted your time for this?

    dagriggs says:
  • theres obviously a window on the top

    mike says:
  • great done!
    i like the surrealistic attitude of this project and surprising opening of the part.

    m. says:
  • How to you keep things from falling of the shelves and rolling around?

    Nathan C says:
  • cool

    ommy says:
  • i like it, it’d b cool if there was a better construction of the sleeping area, but nice none the less

    ape says:
  • All I have to say is, if I was a guest at someone’s house and they let me stay in their backyard in this thing-I would be ecstatic! I really enjoy the shape and lines of the VB3, it is quite adorable and executed very well.

    sz says:
  • I love this, it’s such good and exciting design. windows could be built behind the shelves or sliding doors on the storage.

    bec says:
  • They went through all the work it took to design this really cool futuristic looking object and they didn’t take the time to go just a hair further to design a really cool futuristic looking base. Ughh! C’mon guys and gals, finish the job!

    Bryan says:
  • Thank god for photographers and their lighting equipment, the proverbial lipstick to this utopian pig.

    Quite entertaining to look at though… Perfect for the internet and its bursts of fame.

    Could be the new datcha if opening your dwelling to the weather is not an issue.
    Sunlight and a view are overrated anyway, just put an internet connection in there and you have the perfect shut-in experience.
    For the kids !

    Rama says:
  • its very interesting this construcction is the solucion for problems of housing in apartate regions

    sergio says:
  • This isn’t anything new at all… If you add a window and a door, paint it silver, its a 1950’s american ‘Airstream’ caravan!

    Stephen 07.01.10 says:
  • its great, the problem is the location.
    i want one to install in my apartment

    uo says:
  • The interior is very anchotic with all your stuf to be visible
    A version with stone like apearence would be more beautiful ithink…

    nick-x says:
  • i believe the shelves should have coverings, and maybe a drop down bed full size maybe =\ or twin given the space….maybe it should be a tad bit bigger?…what about bugs and crawly things? does the door and “porch” close tight? what about keeping things cold or hot? food? drinks? i know there is a kitchen but what all does it have in or on it to me it looks like a single stove pilot?

    mittens says:
  • AND FOR HEAVENS SAKE! Y SO WHITE! [on the inside] what about wheather? rain, snow, etc. your going to track all of that inside! i’m afraid this would be a complete mess if it wasn’t covered or in a place where this is not a concern…like on fake grass, or under a overhanger…

    mittens says:
  • molto interesssante

    margherita says:
  • I think this Blob VB3 looks absolutely great! The overall design is simplistic and very nicely shaped. The Blob can be probably used for several purposes, for instance when you put a desk in, it can be used as an office, when you put a bed in it can be used as a guesthouse, when you put a receptiondesk in, it can even be used as an entrance/reception in the middle of a big building. Thereby it seems easy to place a window in the front so that daylight is no issue when te nose is opened. As shown on the pictures there’s also a door at the left side so the front could be closed by glass without spoiling the entrance.

    Has anybody an idea were to see this Blob in real-life?

    Pieter, the Netherlands says:
  • Well i see it is really convenient in cold places in which it acts as an igloo.. which means only the window on top is sufficient as u never see windows in igloos…

    Khaled S. Adib says:
  • i think its cool where can you by one

    super monkey says:
  • UZAY da yaşamak için ideal olabilir. ama dünya da buna ne gerek var?

    mehmet hafızoğlu says:
  • yes! this is case in point:,,how you can spend your useless money!!! …this is nothing special and nothing new…

    marcus says:
  • What about window?
    What about air conditioning?

    mahmut says:
  • Excelente!!!

    I want one in the court of my house…

    Juan Pablo Mesa says:
  • Reminds me of the Barbarella space pod!! Yes, start building these immediately and we can save the housing market by extending it into space.

    John says:
  • I once met a girl who was obsessed with eggs and ovals

    prman says:
  • made for beautiful weather situations, highly unlikely in Belgium

    me says:
  • Looks easy to clean. Probably be better to just sleep on the floor. Blankets, pad, and pillows could be stored where the bunk space is. Would be nice to have a few windows, with airplane-style shutters. I’d hesitate to open the door to a knock, if there was no way to see who was standing outside. With just a few improvements, I think this would be a beautiful thing. Don’t know about the colour. Looks like a gigantic goose egg. Perhaps a few colour schemes could be made available?

    Deb Shaw says:
  • When can I buy one? 😀

    Dúi says:
  • I have built one of these, very similar. I flattened the roof and added a second floor. The upper egg is the loft bed, sleeps a couple with plenty of room to spare.
    It’s fully insulated and I used a split-ductless Misubishi heat pump/air conditioner unit. Mine has locking porthole windows in the sides, and a “kitchenette”.
    I also built a smaller unit than this, my first egg. I keep it in the backyard and just use it for a private reading egg. With the glossy interior space, it’s quite easy to read, with minimum lighting requirements. I can meditate there, and just enjoy a great book, no noise, no disruption.

    ideaMan says:
  • Useless for fat people 90% of population

    Akinos says:
  • How would this stack among its duplicates? Is it modular? Seems “ostensible”. Has elemental merit, but the obective became subjective toward form rather than function. Kids might love one in the backyard.

    skeptic says:
  • This could be a great trailer if it had wheels, very aerodynic.

    Bill Cataldo says:
  • what do u do with the KIDS!

    nini says:
  • people are total jerks in these comments. Make your own if you don’t like it! It’s very fun to look at and smart. Bravo.

    amy says:
  • The Idea has merit – but without production it will never be developed to some thing that really works. At the moment its merit would be as an add on or allotment/beach hut etc and even then there is the problem of kitchen – table chairs, where do you store bikes etc. Make it salable and complete so one can order plug and plumb it in and job done – and then develop into a more practical shape and facility and it would catch on.

    Loopys Lament says:
  • I think it would be perfect parting gift for all our senators and congressmen instead of their current pensions. They can either live in it or sit on it…

    jim says:

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